Thanks Sue! How do you like the DA15? I had one for two weeks that was soft no matter what. Pentax apparently has QC issues with that lens, so I read. I was bummed given that it's a Ltd lens.
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Thanks!! The goofy looking hood makes the lens not so pancake-ish. Most of the Ltd lenses have these unconventional looking hoods.
Indeed! The 15 and 35macro have builtin hoods, very cool, which pull out or push back in when you dont want them. The FA43 screws in... not sure I like that... but its only pancaked without the hood. (15 and 35 are not pancake lenses though, they are small by comparison with others, but still not pancaked). I have a hankering for the 21 and the 70 (or FA 77 which I cannot afford). If I ever get the 21, I think I'll be selling my X100.
 actually if I sold the X100, I could get both the 21 *and* the 70. Hmmmm.... *thinks*....
The 21/3.2's hood is weird too! On the 70/2.4, the hood already sticks out, but you can pull it out to make it even longer. The crummy thing is that the lens cap doesn't really fit snuggly on the lens if I choose not to use the hood.
I liked the hood on the 15/4. I didn't like the hood on the 43/1.9.
Both the 21 and 70 are pancakes if you don't use the hood. Much better looking w/o the hood too! I liked the 21 when I had it for a couple of weeks. Very nice rendering. I returned it just because I felt that an expensive lens should be faster than f3.2, especially when it's a prime lens and calls itself "limited."
As for the 77, it supposedly is somewhat soft wide open (so I read). By the time it gets sharp, you are past f2.4. Hence my preference (other than much cheaper) for the 70 over the 77.