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I have been shooting Pentax for a long time and over the years have shot with SMC A manual focus (film) lenses, FA auto focus (film) lenses and DA auto focus (digital) zoom lenses. I have always lusted after the Limiteds for their stellar image quality and superior hand-made metal and glass construction.
Indoors this lens is amazing, wide enough to offer a very natural perspective and fast enough on a K-5II to deliver solid available light results. While f/3.2 isn't very fast, it's fast enough if you bump up the ISO a little. A f/3.2 the centre is tack sharp however the edge of the frame is a little soft. For outdoor shots anything shot between f/5.6 and f/8 is tack sharp across the entire frame.
The lens hood is superb. This is the first lens that I have felt is well protected enough not to add a UV 0 filter to. The cold metal touch and exceptionally smooth but adequate manual focus both feel amazing. The K-5II is very compact with this lens. I have been shooting with this lens for a week now and it's versatility never ceases to amaze me. I have just ordered the HD DA 40 to go with it.
Once you shoot with a Pentax Limited Prime everything else seems "pedestrian" by comparison. While I have always loved the warm rendering the FA primes deliver, the HD DA 21 provides true-to-life rendering while capturing subtle details in shadow and highlights that a film lens can not match.
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