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Pentax HD Pentax DA 15mm f/4 ED AL Limited Lens (Black)

B&H # PE1540DALB MFR # 21470
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Product Highlights

  • Pentax K Mount
  • 23mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to f/22
  • Low Distortion Wide-Angle Design
  • ED Glass and Hybrid Aspherical Element
  • High-Grade Multi-Layer HD Coating
  • Super Protect Lens Coating
  • Quick-Shift Focus System
  • Seven-Blade Rounded Diaphragm
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Color: Black

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The black HD Pentax DA 15mm f/4 ED AL Limited Lens from Pentax is a compact prime wide-angle lens providing a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 23mm. The lens' optical design includes features extra-low dispersion glass and one hybrid aspherical elements to minimize chromatic aberrations and limit distortion in order to enable a natural-looking expansive angle of view that is well-suited to both indoor and outdoor scenes. A high-grade multi-layer HD coating has been applied to lens elements to help minimize flare and ghosting for enhanced contrast, clarity, and color fidelity and a rounded seven-blade diaphragm contributes to an aesthetic out-of-focus quality to benefit shallow depth of field imagery. Additionally, an SP Protect coating has also been applied to the front lens element to effectively protect it from dirt, oil, and finger prints.

The compact form-factor of this lens integrates Pentax's Quick-Shift Focus System, which allows manual focus control over the lens at any time, even in AF mode, for precise handling over the focal plane.

Prime wide-angle lens provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 23mm, covering an expansive 86° angle of view.
Optical design utilizes extra-low dispersion glass and a hybrid aspherical element to provide greater sharpness and clarity while minimizing flare and ghosting.
High-grade multi-layer HD coating minimizes lens flare and ghosting to enhance contrast and color neutrality.
Quick-Shift Focus System enables manual focus control at all times for precise handling that is well-suited to selective focus imagery.
Super Protect coating helps to protect the front lens element from dirt and finger marks.
Built-in pull-out type lens hood helps to protect the front lens element from stray light as well as scratching or accidental drops.
Performance
Focal Length 15mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 23 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/4
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Pentax K
Format Compatibility Pentax Digital (APS-C)
Angle of View 86°
Minimum Focus Distance 7.1" (18.03 cm)
Magnification 0.15x
Elements/Groups 8/6
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Autofocus Yes
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread Front:49 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.5 x 1.6" (63.50 x 40.64 mm)
Weight 6.7 oz (190 g)

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HD Pentax DA 15mm f/4 ED AL Limited Lens (Black)
 
4.8

(based on 13 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (10)
  • Strong construction (9)
  • Consistent output (7)
  • Durable (6)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (10)
    • Night photography (3)
    • Weddings (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (9)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    5.0

    Nice Touch!

    By Bike n' Jim

    from Paso Robles, CA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about HD Pentax DA 15mm f/4 ED AL Limited Lens (Black):

      I'm comparing this jewel to my old 24 mm F2.8 Pentax (full frame lens) from the mid 80's. That was a great lens, albeit faster, but manual. Sadly I left that with an African friend along with an ME Super. The new 15mm should do fine and give me some wonderful perspectives, which I enjoyed so much with the 24 mm. It's so easy to use and now I don't need to concern myself so much with focussing, however I might need to check on closeups. While the lens cap is nice and solid, it is a bit of a trial. I'm guessing I'll use a filter so that will provide some contrast and protection. I have a few older 49 mm pinch style lens caps that will most likely be put to use. Great contrast and sharpness.

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      4.0

      sharp

      By scozza

      from new zealand

      Comments about HD Pentax DA 15mm f/4 ED AL Limited Lens (Silver):

      I bought the 20-40mm and 15mm to replace the 16 - 45mm lenses. Although the 16-45 is a good lens, I was keen on extra sharpness and around quality. The 15mm is similar in sharpness in the centre but has far better sharpness in the corners and better contrast. I would like to use with street photography, so the smaller size is also nice. The bokeh is also nice and soft. Well made with a classy finish. Yes I would recommend this lens.

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      5.0

      Perfect wide angle!

      By JAB

      from Salt Lake City

      Comments about HD Pentax DA 15mm f/4 ED AL Limited Lens (Black):

      Exactly as described! Great field of view. Crystal clear. Super happy! Can't wait to take it to Hawaii!

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      4.0

      good lens

      By zedom

      from Montreal

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Slow Focus

      Best Uses

        Comments about HD Pentax DA 15mm f/4 ED AL Limited Lens (Black):

        nice built quality, distortion well controlled, sharp, if you're a fan of DA Limited lens like me you'll be happy with it

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        5.0

        Excellent lens

        By Dave

        from San Rafael, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Photography

          Comments about HD Pentax DA 15mm f/4 ED AL Limited Lens (Black):

          Have been using this lens for just over a month now, it's daily driver a replacement for my DA16-50mm, and I have yet to be disappointed. It's just a joy to use. And the image quality is just excellent, tack sharp. I would love if this lens was water resistant since I shoot a lot of landscapes, and often in damp weather. I'd highly recommend this lens to anyone looking for wide angle prime.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Wonderful Wide Angle Lens

          By Gerry

          from Delavan, WI

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight
          • Smooth Focus
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoor architecture
            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about HD Pentax DA 15mm f/4 ED AL Limited Lens (Black):

            This lens is just as good as the reviews I read everywhere before deciding to buy it. I initially purchased a used copy and had to return it due to lack of sharpness in the corners and excessive chromatic aberration. I returned the used one and purchased a new copy which works great. I have tested the sharpness and taken a few dozen botanical garden scenic pictures which are all very sharp with great color definition. I am really pleased with the lens.

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            5.0

            One of the Main Reasons to Use Pentax

            By Pentax Guy

            from Northern Virginia, VA

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            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Photography
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about HD Pentax DA 15mm f/4 ED AL Limited Lens (Black):

              Pentax excels at small, brilliantly constructed prime lenses. Opinions will vary on whether the middle lens in a 3-prime set should be the 21mm, 31mm, 35mm, or 40mm. And for short tele, you've got the 70mm and 77mm. But for wide, this is it...and it's a great lens, too.

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              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              More versatile lens than I thought

              By Marc

              from Milford, Connecticut

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              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about HD Pentax DA 15mm f/4 ED AL Limited Lens (Black):

                I knew this lens would be great for taking photos of rooms, landscapes and close ups of the noses of family members. However, one finds it works in lots of situations. It is no way a walk around lens, but it is a prime I will want with me and will use often.

                The fact the lens is slow (only f4) is not a tremendous problem since at a focal length of 15mm, you can take shots at 1/30 or even 1/15 th of second and get away with it. I found the lens noticeably not as sharp wide open as when it is stopped down a little (in which case it is quite sharp).

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                5.0

                HD Pentax DA 15mm f4

                By Martin

                from Davis CA

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Lightweight
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about HD Pentax DA 15mm f/4 ED AL Limited Lens (Black):

                  IQ, small, light; use with k5ii

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Very Sharp Lens

                  By psandeepdwh

                  from Norristown, PA

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery

                    Comments about HD Pentax DA 15mm f/4 ED AL Limited Lens (Black):

                    Very Sharp images and excellent compact lens. It could have been WR lens for the price.

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                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great lens

                    By Chuck Wilson

                    from Louisville, KY

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                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Rugged
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Tough To Attach

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action

                    Comments about HD Pentax DA 15mm f/4 ED AL Limited Lens (Black):

                    Just picked up this lens recently. After purchasing the 35mm & 50mm "plastic fantastics" I found they were not wide enough. Loving it so far.

                    I am an avid railfan and will use this lens on my Pentax K5 II as my go to lens for taking train photos.

                    The only drawbacks I have so far with just a few hours of shooting are as follows. The lens cap screws on and off and when I am in a hurry to capture a photo of a moving train it is difficult to remove quickly. Also the lens does seem soft in the corners but that might be operator error. I might have to increase the shutter speed to get the moving train in focus in the whole frame. The edges were a tad blurry and I was shooting at 1/500.

                    Other then that I think I am really going to like this lens as I can get a huge train engine in frame and it shows great detail & color.

                    I also plan on using this lens for some landscape photos in Brown County Indiana. Can't wait until October of this year to capture the great fall colors with this lens.

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                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Excellent quality

                    By Geoff

                    from Perth, Australia

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • F 28
                    • Prefer F28

                    Best Uses

                    • Buildings
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Photography

                    Comments about HD Pentax DA 15mm f/4 ED AL Limited Lens (Silver):

                    Using this lens for night photography, with the focus on the heavens above. The sharpness, colour contrast and quality is excellent. It would have been a better lens if built as F2.8 rather than F4. Still very happen and would recommend this lens.

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                    5.0

                    Compact and wide, sharp images

                    By Bob S.

                    from Chicago, IL

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about HD Pentax DA 15mm f/4 ED AL Limited Lens (Silver):

                      Full landscape shots are great.
                      Light weight is a real plus along with small size.
                      I like the built in sunshade and metal exterior.

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