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06-28-2010, 09:13 AM   #1
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Best wide angle lens

I am looking to get a wide angle zoom lens, something between 10-25mm. What would be the best wide angle zoom lens , used or new. under $500

06-28-2010, 09:16 AM   #2
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Going on your title I was going to say DA15 ... and it's just within your price range as well.
Now that I read the thread you are after a zoom though.
06-28-2010, 09:59 AM   #3
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There at least 20 existing threads comparing the different options; I would highly recommend using the search function. Or simply go to respond to this thread then look below look just below to see the list of "Similar Threads".

You'll find the options are the Sigma 10-20 (two versions), Tamron 10-24, Pentax 12-24, and now the Sigma 8-16 (brand new as in jst came out this week, so not discussed much except hypothetically), plus the DA14 and DA15 is you decide you don't need a zoom. Each of these have advantages and disadvantages that are discuseed pretty throughly in the many existing threads.
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Start by browsing our Pentax lens database, located here: Pentax Lens Review Database - Lens Listings

You can browse by series or search by focal length. Once you've narrowed down your choice and have just a few lenses in mind, a thread asking for a comparison will be more fruitful.

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06-28-2010, 11:37 AM   #5
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Please also keep in mind the physical size that you desire to carry around.

The DA 12-24mm f4 vs. the DA 15mm f4 has quite a substantial difference with respect to dimensions. Be sure to take this into consideration.
06-28-2010, 12:28 PM   #6
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Take your pick - Pentax 12-24mm, 15mm Limited, Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.5, 10-20mm f/3.5, or Sigma 8-16mm (is that one available for Pentax yet?)

It's hard to go wrong in the UWA category.
06-28-2010, 01:03 PM   #7
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I have the 12-24mm and it is really excellent but around USD 700. DA 15 could be a better option.
The Sigma 10-20mm is also a good option, and it is cheaper than the 12-24mm.
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With the restrictions that you cite in your post (i.e., zoom, UWA, under 500 dollars), there are only two lenses that fit the bill. Those two lenses are the Sigma 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6 and the Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5. You shouldn't have too much trouble finding threads comparing these two lenses.

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looks like the Sigma 10-20 or Tamron 10-24 for you. too bad the Da12-24 is way over your budget.

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