It’s been a while since the last time I posted something related to my hobby other than installing the most cutting edge Linux distros, which is taking photos 🙂 I am fairly a noob in this field, so I’ll steer away from writing something technical, and keep the content of my post as light as possible.
Anyway, the newest entry for my collection of prime lenses is a 14mm Pentax prime lens, the SMC Pentax-DA 14mm F2.8 ED(IF), equivalent to 21mm in APS-C format. At first I was planning to use the lens for taking landscape photos, but turns out, this lens is a whole lot more than just your average ultra-wide lens 🙂
The lens is built like a tank!. It’s metal all around, and while not as beautifully-crafted as the Pentax limited glasses, the finish is still amazing. The lens is very heavy, and sports an internal focusing system. Filter diameter is 77mm, and due it’s massive size, you won’t be able to use the K100D’s internal pop-up flash, as the lens will cast a shadow on the lower part of the image. As with most ultra-wide lenses, the barrel distortion is pretty evident.
Most of the time ultra-wides are used for taking landscape pictures, sceneries and so on, and so on. But turns out, most of the time I use it for something entirely different 🙂
What I like about this lens is that, the minimum focus distant is so small, I think it’s about 17 cm. And due to that, I was able to take pictures such as these :
Overall, I am very satisfied with the lens. This lens is currently the default lens that is always attached to my K100D 😀 Click here to see more pictures that I have taken using this lens 🙂