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10-05-2010, 09:45 PM   #1
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Lens Suggestions?

I have only recently begun to reacquaint myself with my K10D, having been somewhat disappointed in my images through my own lack of knowledge and laziness of effort.

Anyway, after receiving some very good advice elsewhere on how to improve my images, I'd like some suggestions for a further lens acquisition (at Christmas! ).

Currently I have the kit lens, a Tamron 18-250mm and a 50 F1.4 for available light.

Most of my picture-taking involves scenics (i.e. travel shots), landscapes, some architecture and nature. I'm not really into close-up photography and only shoot portraits on rare occasions and then informally.

I was thinking that perhaps a wide-angle zoom but I don't want to break the bank either. Your suggestions would be appreciated.

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Without knowing what your Bank is, I would readily suggest the DA12-24 if you want to go wide zoom. If you find you use your kit lens the most, replace it with something like the DA*16-50 (or similar in that range for an f2.8 lens).

Pentax DA 12-24 - a set on Flickr

Pentax DA*16-50 SDM - a set on Flickr

I'm not saying (for the record) that other lenses cannot give you nice results. What I'm saying is that I only feel comfortable recommending lenses I have personal experience with.

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What is your budget?
For me the ideal APS-C wide angle happened to be DA14. After trying several alternatives (even Tokina 11-16 in EF mount) the DA14 won. DA15 is cool if you like the lenses small and light. If tight on budget the DA16-45 can get you relatively wide as well.
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You have a good start. When I got my K20D my 'kit' consisted of the FA50/1.4, DA18-250, and DA10-17. What you do at the wide end depends on what and how you want to shoot. A fisheye zoom like the DA10-17 is spectacular, while a rectilinear ultrawide zoom like the DA12-24 may be more utilitarian, and images from a longer fisheye like a Zenitar 16/2.8 (under US$200) are quickly defished.

On a recent long road trip I mostly used the 18-250, a Zenitar, the FA50/1.4, an 85/2, and an M28/2.8 for some landscapes (Grand Canyon, etc). I have an 18-55 and use it mostly for hanging various filters and optical adapters -- it's good for experimentation, but otherwise my 18-250 does most of the work. But I digress. If rectilinear wide is critical for you, go for the DA12-24.

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Look at the shots you took with your 18-55 and 18-250. Some tools on the web will allow you to sort your pictures according to focal length. This should help you narrow down the focal lengths you might end up prefering.

If you're into primes, and without knowing the focal lengths you favor, I'll venture to suggest the DA21. I find it complements my 50 mm incrfedibly well, it's great for landscapes and cityscapes.

If you're not into ultra-wide and prefer a zoom, you could consider replacing your kit lens with the Sigma 17-70. It's a great, versatile lens, and a step above the kit lens in IQ.

Good shopping!
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QuoteOriginally posted by bdery Quote
Look at the shots you took with your 18-55 and 18-250. Some tools on the web will allow you to sort your pictures according to focal length. This should help you narrow down the focal lengths you might end up prefering.

If you're into primes, and without knowing the focal lengths you favor, I'll venture to suggest the DA21. I find it complements my 50 mm incrfedibly well, it's great for landscapes and cityscapes.

If you're not into ultra-wide and prefer a zoom, you could consider replacing your kit lens with the Sigma 17-70. It's a great, versatile lens, and a step above the kit lens in IQ.

Good shopping!

"Expousureplot" is a handy freeware tool to examine the Focal length (and apeture,shutter & iso) of the shots in your archive, to see where your preferences lie.

vAndel.nl - The Wega2 site


If you find yourself banging on the 18mm stop of your 18-250 (its worst point), then cringing at the distortion and the dark corners like I was, you'll love the DA15.
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Thank you all for the great suggestions.
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Get the Sigma 10-20 .....no contest.

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Get the Sigma 10-20 .....no contest.
Yeah that, or the Pentax 12-24 :-) It is a very useful range.
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