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06-26-2010, 11:05 PM   #1
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Will Pentax ever make a 10-22mm or 10-24mm UWA

Will Pentax ever make a 10-22 or 10-24 UWA lens similar to
Canon's 10-22 f3.5-4.5 which has a very good distortion control and lightweight too.

or a combination of an UWA and a standard zoom in one lens
like maybe 12-50 f3.5-5.6 or 10-40 f4-5.6

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if they're going to, I hope they spread it down to 8mm so that I don't feel compelled to by the Sigma UWA
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Doesn't seem likely to me that they'd put out a 10-20-ish, as it would overlap quite a bit with their fine 12-24, and they don't generally do that sort of thing often - especially when there are already at least four third party options in that range.

As for a 10-40, that seems pure fantasy. I really doubt such a lens would ever exist for APS-C. the design compromises would be far too great, I suspect.
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I could see somthing like 10-20 or 10-16 OK maybe 8-16 but only as a part of DA* or once the DA12-24 is killed off. Until then...Sigma all the way

But more than new zooms I'd love to see DA*10/3.5 or even 8/3.5 (4 would do).

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I like wide angle and ultra wide angle as much as the next WA affectionado. However, I really do not see Pentax going there - based on their recent actions of the last couple of years. I would of thought that Pentax would have brought out their own version of the 11-16/2.8 Tonkia currently offers (based off the 12-24/4), but still nothing. I do still like very much the 12-24 - its one of my best and most used lenses (I saved long enough for it). I have also stitched multiple rows from my FA 31 Ltd - fantastic resolution, detail and color. And that is an option also. I have also run in to problems with stitching over time to get the colors and shadows I was after in the evening (I know abusing stitching - I plead VERY guilty - and a very insightful learning experience), but the solution was to haul out my trusty 10-17 FE and bracket across time, which resulted in a stunning (my opinion) result. [If you can't go over, under, around or through a problem - pick it up and toss it out of the way.]

So, I am waiting for the Sigma 8-16, and some intrepid right out of the gate individuals to post some samples, when it comes out. Its an extra 14 degrees wider in FOV. The two situations where the 10-17 brought home the bacon for me, would still require the 10-17, but the Sigma is still very interesting. As long as Sigma brings out interesting lenses with a quality IQ, color and build, producing wonderful results, then there is an option to Pentax's lack of support here.

It would be really nice to be able to afford WA Zeiss lenses, but their focal lengths are covered by the 12-24, IQ is probably better, color is amazing, distortion is nearly absent from what I have seen, but my chancellor of the exchequer would put a contract out to have both my legs broken. So I am VERY happy to have what I have been able to acquire so far. So out I go to enjoy taking pictures with what I have - even if its 110 outside now.

... (at least trying to stay )

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QuoteOriginally posted by axl Quote
I could see somthing like 10-20 or 10-16 OK maybe 8-16 but only as a part of DA* or once the DA12-24 is killed off. Until then...Sigma all the way

But more than new zooms I'd love to see DA*10/3.5 or even 8/3.5 (4 would do).
Amen. My kidney would go on the auction block for either of those lenses
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QuoteOriginally posted by Clinton Quote
if they're going to, I hope they spread it down to 8mm so that I don't feel compelled to by the Sigma UWA
8-10mm has teeny tiny market share andappeal, and Sigma is already there, with Tokina a bit player with their 11-16. So it would be a competition to see who would lose the most $$.
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Good points from interested_observer. Stitch with the FA31 for ultimate IQ, grab the DA12-24mm for excellent zoom characteristics, or plump for the Samyang 8mm and capture everything.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Marc Sabatella Quote
As for a 10-40, that seems pure fantasy. I really doubt such a lens would ever exist for APS-C. the design compromises would be far too great, I suspect.
Canon has a 15-85 f3.5-5.6 weights about 500g
theres also 18-250 zoom.
Just curious to know why is it not possible to make a 10-40?
its like add 5mm at the wide end and eliminating the 45mm for long end
on the 15-85
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There's a *huge* difference between 15mm and 10mm, though. 5mm at the wide end is *much* more significant than 5mm at the long end, or probably even 45mm. There's a reason that ultra wide angle zooms are never more than about 2X or 2.5X.
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Yeah, Canon pulled quite the feat with the 15-85. It seems to be getting GREAT reviews at my "other" hangout. I honestly wouldn't want a 10-4x as I'm sure it would be CRAZY expensive. My Sigma 10-20 is already ~$400.

If I want a bigger zoom range, I use two bodies At weddings, I often use my 10-20 on one body and my 24-70 on another body. That's 10-70mm

Walking around at the park, I've done 10-20 and my 100-400 on another body. That's always a good time

I'd expect Pentax is content with their 12-24 for now. If you want wider than 12mm, look at Sigma's offerings.
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Interesting; photozone doens't seem overly impressed by the Canon 15-85. Seems to suffer all the problems typical of superzooms; they consider it overpriced for the mediocre performance.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Marc Sabatella Quote
Interesting; photozone doens't seem overly impressed by the Canon 15-85. Seems to suffer all the problems typical of superzooms; they consider it overpriced for the mediocre performance.
POTN has "mixed reviews" about PZ's reviews

But overall it seems "POTN" is happy with the 15-85. I have its much maligned "cousin" the 17-85, and I'm actually decently happy with it as a "snapshot' lens. Been meaning to sell it, but haven't gotten around to it.
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