Looking up with the D-FA 15-30


pschlute

Link Posted 26/11/2017 - 01:24
I picked up the 15-30 in the sales (thanks Chris) and gave it an outing today. Have to say i am well impressed.






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swarf

Link Posted 26/11/2017 - 11:13
That looks like Woking!
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pschlute

Link Posted 26/11/2017 - 12:51
swarf wrote:
That looks like Woking!

It is indeed. I see that you are a local too.

Woking has many advantages, but will never win "pretty town of the year" award. Best photographed looking straight up like these !
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swarf

Link Posted 26/11/2017 - 18:58
pschlute wrote:
Woking has many advantages, but will never win "pretty town of the year" award. Best photographed looking straight up like these !

I couldn't possibly comment!!!

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Mike-P

Link Posted 26/11/2017 - 19:39
Looks good.

Still torn over whether to buy one or not .... I feel I need one but I don't do much wide photography.
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derek897

Link Posted 26/11/2017 - 19:57
Looking good Peter.
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K10D

Link Posted 26/11/2017 - 20:04
Mike-P wrote:
Looks good.

Still torn over whether to buy one or not .... I feel I need one but I don't do much wide photography.

The above images show the potential of the 15-30mm.

I've been using a FF 14-24mm since 2009 and it has proved invaluable when the subject matter required the use of such a wide FOV. I did several indoor shoots for customers to produce brochures for holiday homes and rental properties. Although I have a Pentax FF 15mm, the FF Pentax digital body was still in the planning stages and on APS-C it's crippled. At the time, I did not have a 10-20mm Sigma.

The FOV offered basically made the job easy and the results were excellent. I've not used it much for landscape photography and it's a beast, weight wise. That said, I would not be without it, especially when the need arises.

Once the initial euphoria of it's output wears off, you need a reason to keep using it such as landscape or architecture.

It's the only reason I won't be buying the Pentax 15-30mm.

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HarisF1

Link Posted 26/11/2017 - 20:09
Mike-P wrote:
Looks good.

Still torn over whether to buy one or not .... I feel I need one but I don't do much wide photography.

And to add to the above post, maybe it's best to look for a compact wide angle prime like the A or FA 20mm f/2.8. Either that or something a bit more extreme like the Irix 15mm f/2.4 (I've had one and it's a stunner if you get a good copy).

Mike-P

Link Posted 26/11/2017 - 20:39
Mike-P wrote:

And to add to the above post, maybe it's best to look for a compact wide angle prime like the A or FA 20mm f/2.8.

I sold my FA 20mm just before buying the K-1 but I still have a FA 20-35mm, Sigma 12-24mm, Tamron 17-35mm as well as a Adaptall 2 Tamron 17mm 3.5.

Hmm, maybe I just taklked myself out of buying the 15-30mm and into that D500 I was thinking about.
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RobL

Link Posted 26/11/2017 - 21:21
The 15-30mm should come with a financial health warning: pretty soon you think a polariser and maybe some ND filters would be nice so you splurge on the Lee Filters SW150 system. Then you realise all this won’t fit into the bag you bought last year so you start looking at a new one - is this familiar to anyone?

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HarisF1

Link Posted 26/11/2017 - 21:24
RobL wrote:
The 15-30mm should come with a financial health warning: pretty soon you think a polariser and maybe some ND filters would be nice so you splurge on the Lee Filters SW150 system. Then you realise all this won’t fit into the bag you bought last year so you start looking at a new one - is this familiar to anyone?

Every time I think I can afford the new fancy lens. The 70-200 meant I needed a new carrying system so I just got rid of it!

I use primes anyway

pschlute

Link Posted 26/11/2017 - 22:57
RobL wrote:
The 15-30mm should come with a financial health warning: pretty soon you think a polariser and maybe some ND filters would be nice so you splurge on the Lee Filters SW150 system. Then you realise all this won’t fit into the bag you bought last year so you start looking at a new one - is this familiar to anyone?

Couldn’t possibly comment

For those debating, SRS are doing it at £450 off. (Almost enough for a Lee 150 kit !!! )

Yes it is a big and heavy beast and so is the DFA 24-70. But what I have found since getting the K1 a year ago is that I take the tripod out with me much more than I ever did before and I feel it is helping to improve my photography. I take a lot more time now than I did before.
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Last Edited by pschlute on 26/11/2017 - 23:01

McGregNi

Link Posted 27/11/2017 - 17:48
Time to use a tripod ... a very valuable thing Peter! We should all follow this advice more, especially for static scenes where it will help to get the most out of our equipment. Great colour in the sky here (considering no filter? ...)

The blue saturation has bled onto the buildings in No1 it seems (I mean the grey/ silver parts).... I'd try masking off the buildings before applying any added saturation, or even reducing the blue channel on the buildings only ... I think this will look better.
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Last Edited by McGregNi on 27/11/2017 - 17:49

pschlute

Link Posted 27/11/2017 - 19:48
I will have a look at that Nigel. I did boost the blue saturation during raw conversion, then applied a "higher contrast" curve in Photoshop.
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jules

Link Posted 30/11/2017 - 04:55
McGregNi wrote:
Time to use a tripod ... a very valuable thing Peter! We should all follow this advice more, especially for static scenes where it will help to get the most out of our equipment. Great colour in the sky here (considering no filter? ...)

The blue saturation has bled onto the buildings in No1 it seems (I mean the grey/ silver parts).... I'd try masking off the buildings before applying any added saturation, or even reducing the blue channel on the buildings only ... I think this will look better.

Tripods are one of the most underestimated things in photography, I've lost count of the amount of piccies I've taken that would have been improved if only I'd bothered to use mine!
Cheers Jules...
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