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Pentax smc DA 15mm F4 ED AL

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Reviews and Problems with Pentax smc DA 15mm F4 ED AL

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Pentax 15mm f/4 ED AL Limited SMC DA review by jamesk8752

jamesk8752, slrgear.com
7 November 2009
  • Summary: This is a little gem of a lens, very pocketable with very good IQ and low distortion compared to other lenses in this FL range. While a bit soft wide open, it sharpens up nicely at f5.6 and above. I question your recommendation of the Tokina 12-24 f4 as an alternative, as it is not available in the Pentax K mount. However, I believe that the Tokina shares its optical design with the Pentax 12-24 f4, so the Pentax would deliver similar performance.
  • Pros: Very good IQ for a SWA, esp. at f5.6 and higher; low distortion; small and light; great build quality
  • Cons: A bit soft at f4
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Pentax 15mm f/4 ED AL Limited SMC DA review by amnesix

amnesix, slrgear.com
5 October 2009
  • Summary: This a *compact* lens, hence the mitigated sharpness results until you close to f8. Apart from that, I can't find anything bad to say about this lens. It shares with its "Limited" colleagues a really good colours rendition, and its build qualities. And, from f8, the image quality. The DA 15mm Limited delivers all you can await from a such compact lens.
  • Pros: size, weight, quality of build, sharpness from f8, flare resistance
  • Cons: mediocre sharpness until f8
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Pentax 15mm f/4 ED AL Limited SMC DA review by ktwse

ktwse, slrgear.com
1 August 2009
  • Summary: Looking at the price spent, you realize that people in Europe get shafted when buying lenses... That said, this is a very nice lens that only really suffers from two issues: first of all, it's max aperture is fairly mediocre. That can be expected, however, as otherwise it wouldn't be as compact. But it means that this will not be your first choice for low light situations. Another issue, related to this, is that the lens isn't super sharp until about f/8.
  • Pros: Build quality, size, very very good when stopped down
  • Cons: Good but not excellent sharpness, max aperture (but that's a result of the design)
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Overall 10

User Review

Jymi, objektiivi
23 December 2013
  • Excerpt: Objektiivi ei olevalovoimaisin ja lisäksi täydellä aukolla äärinurkkien piirto pehmenee hieman. Annan kuitenkin 10:n, koska objektiivi loistaa siinä missä sen on tarkoitettukin. Eli koko, keveys ja rakenteen laadukkuus on taattua Limited tasoa. Kuvanlaatu on myös kokonaisuudesaan erinomainen. Lisäksi vastavalon sieto on ihan uskomaton. Auringon huoletta ottaa kuva-alalle mukaan ja silti kontrasti säilyy.
  • Pros: +Erittäin pienikokoinen, +sisäänrakennettu vastavalosuoja, +täysmetallinen viimeistelty rakenne, +uskomattoman hyvä vastavalonsieto, Kuvanlaatukin on oikein hyvä varsinkin kontrastin ja värien osalta.
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Overall 10


Tomme, Prisjakt
16 June 2012
  • Summary: Skarpt i centrum redan vidöppet, men kanterna på vidvinklar vinner i nästan alla fall på att blända ner, så även här. Mycket karakteristiska flares vid nattfotografering. Mycket välbyggt som alla Limited-objektiven!
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