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Pentax 15

Pentax 15
alaAverage 4.6

12 reviews

Aug, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 12 reviews from magazines and websites.

Review analysis

(Based on 12 reviews)

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Pentax smc DA 15mm F4 ED AL Limited Lens Review

 

The smc DA 15mm F4 ED AL Limited is Pentax's latest lens, which was shown in prototype form at Photokina 2008 and formally introduced in March 2009. It's a rare beast indeed: a wide angle fixed focal length ('prime') lens that is purpose-designed for...

Compact and lightweight ; High quality aluminium construction ; Quick shift manual focus system ; Built-in sliding hood (but see below) ; Good flare resistance ; Almost no distortion ; Small 49mm thread, doesn't require slim filters

Rather soft at F4 - F5.6 ; Hood design causes problems with filter use (particularly square systems)

The Pentax smc DA 15mm F4 ED AL Limited is a unique lens in the current market, a small, lightweight wideangle prime for APS-C cameras. And let's make it clear from the outset that Pentax should be applauded for producing such a lens, to provide a...

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Incredible Lens!

 

The Pentax DA SMC 15mm Limited f/4.0 lens is in one word INCREDIBLE. This lens is fantastic in just about every way imaginable. If you shoot Pentax and are looking for an ultra wide angle lens...this is your lens! You won't be disappointed! Just do an...

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Pentax smc DA 15 mm f/4 ED AL Limited

 

This is a fantastic lens! I won't bore you by repeating what everyone else on the internet has said. If you're looking for an ultra-wide with amazing qualities...buy it! You won't be disappointed!

Everything! I love the flare control and sunburst it produces stopped down at f/8.0 or greater

Lens cap is a screw off/on cap. Very high quality metal, but can become a slight pain sometimes. Nice when not shooting though

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Pentax smc DA 15 mm f/4 ED AL Limited

 

As expected, this Pentax Limited lens is extremely well-constructed and works very smoothly. It's a pleasure to use it.Optically, the edges are rather soft until stopped down to f8, at which point it's quite sharp. Contrast is excellent at all...

Very sharp and contrasty at f8 for an ultrawide angle lens. Exceptional build quality, just a pleasure to work with. VERY small and light compared to zooms

Soft edges at wide apertures, some curvature of field

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Pentax smc DA 15 mm f/4 ED AL Limited

 

I really like this lens for its size, build quality, but where it impresses me most is the optical quality, I had problems with unsharp corners until I have found out manual focus setting for sharp picture corner to corner from 1,5 m to infinity and am...

optical performance, minimum focus distance, low distortion, build quality, integrated hood, quick shift

none

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Pentax smc DA 15 mm f/4 ED AL Limited

 

Great, carry anywhere size with legendary Pentax Limited build quality.

Good control of chromatic abberation. Excellent distortion control. Very sharp at center. Terrific, carry anywhere size

Needs to be sharper at borders and corners for a modern digital-specific lens with Pentax's Limited designation

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Pentax smc DA 15 mm f/4 ED AL Limited

 

Bought it for landscapes, but works for other things. Sweet spot between f-11 and f-14. There's magic in this lens if you use it properly. Best lens I've owned in almost 4 decades of shooting professionally

Perfect landscape lens. Extreme DOF in mid f-stops. Very sharp. Excellent sunbursts. Renders as if it had a built in polorizer. Shots remind me of Kodachrome 25

Not good wide open, but have no use or intention of using it that way

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Pentax smc DA 15 mm f/4 ED AL Limited

 

very good lens for travel photography.

small, light, excellent build, very good flare resistance, practically no distortion

dark, only F4, not sharp as I want

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Pentax smc DA 15 mm f/4 ED AL Limited

 

A gem

Sharp across the frame from f5.6, petite, superb build, almost NO distortion

Awful lens cap

Product Specifications

Configuration

Autofocus: Yes
Image Stabiliser: No

General Features

3D: No
Bayonet Compatibility:Pentax Q
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