Pentax smc DA 15mm Limited Reviews

First published on: Saturday, 25 April 2009

This post is a compilation of Pentax smc DA 15mm f4 ED AL Limited lens professional and user reviews, owner opinions, reports and experiences, tests, conclusions, ratings and feedback.

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The Pentax 15mm was announced on 2-March-2009. Read the press release on DPReview, titled “PENTAX announces a new ultra-wide angle lens, the smc PENTAX-DA15mm F4ED AL Limited“.

Pentax 15mm Limited review at

Andy Westlake, the reviewer, had the following conclusions and verdict of “Recommended” for the optic:

So overall we have a lens which is difficult to categorize. Its very uniqueness makes it desirable — if you want something a bit wider than the 18-55mm kit lens, but without the bulk of a wideangle zoom, it’s your only choice. Like all of Pentax’s Limited series primes, it’s also a finely crafted piece of kit which is a delight to use — a somewhat frivolous reason to choose one, perhaps, although still perfectly valid in its own way. Shot carefully stopped-down to its sweet spot, it also delivers very good but not outstanding image quality. So if your priorities lie in keeping your kit small, light and discreet, it’s a great option, but for most users we can’t help but feel that a wideangle zoom still makes more sense. Ultimately when compared to the alternatives, the 15mm F4 falls just short of offering enough of the expected advantages of a prime (smaller, faster, sharper, and cheaper) to earn our highest recommendation.

Andy does suggest to consider buying the Pentax DA 12-24mm f/4 ED AL (IF) lens instead, which is optically similar to the Tokina 12-24mm f/4 (not available for the Pentax mount), if you want a sharper lens at wide-open apertures.

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