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10-28-2010, 04:54 PM   #16
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He do nt a 24-70 if he get the 18-55 mm lens
Wide angle is very good from street photo

10-28-2010, 05:04 PM   #17
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No brainer - DA 14mm f/2.8

The 14mm is the best ultra-wide for street photography.

At 2.8, it has a large aperture, and a very close focusing distance of just over 6 inches.

One of Pentax's best offerings. Dollar for dollar, it can't be beat.
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Of the ultra wide angle lenses available, you really can not go wrong. For street photography I would guess that a smaller lens may do better. Each of the lenses has their own strong points....
  • 12-24 - a zoom, very sharp, very similar to having a pocket full of primes, but its large (no kidding - it is a big lens). I have never had a CA problem and I have shot directly into the sun on many occasions with it. One of my best lenses - I saved for 18 months to get it. Slightly less wide than the Sigmas, but its distortion in the corners are very well controlled.
  • 15 - smallest and lightest of the bunch. A bit sharper than the 12-24, but it is a prime. I have considered acquiring this lens several time but the 12-24 is so good, that I just keep using it.
  • 14 - larger than the 15, faster than the 15. I also thought about this, but I really did not need fast while the flexibility of the zoom pushed me in that direction.
Pentax's DA 12-24 is the same lens as the Tokina 12-24 for Nikon and Canon. You can go see what the Nikon folks say about the lens. The difference is the coatings, and the quick shift clutch for auto focusing, along with the barrel design.

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QuoteOriginally posted by interested_observer Quote
Of the ultra wide angle lenses available, you really can not go wrong. For street photography I would guess that a smaller lens may do better. Each of the lenses has their own strong points....
  • 12-24 - a zoom, very sharp, very similar to having a pocket full of primes, but its large (no kidding - it is a big lens). I have never had a CA problem and I have shot directly into the sun on many occasions with it. One of my best lenses - I saved for 18 months to get it. Slightly less wide than the Sigmas, but its distortion in the corners are very well controlled.
  • 15 - smallest and lightest of the bunch. A bit sharper than the 12-24, but it is a prime. I have considered acquiring this lens several time but the 12-24 is so good, that I just keep using it.
  • 14 - larger than the 15, faster than the 15. I also thought about this, but I really did not need fast while the flexibility of the zoom pushed me in that direction.
Pentax's DA 12-24 is the same lens as the Tokina 12-24 for Nikon and Canon. You can go see what the Nikon folks say about the lens. The difference is the coatings, and the quick shift clutch for auto focusing, along with the barrel design.

I own the 12-24 and absolutely love it. Several of the posters have mentioned CA problems with it. I have taken roughly 2500 pictures with this lens and have seen this in less than 1% of the shots.

The lens is not small though. It is extremely wide at the end and fairly heavy. When I compare it to my other lenses, it is second in weight to the 60-250. Granted, I think it could be run over by a truck and still work just fine, but it's a bit to lug around. I do so often and rarely leave it at home. I like it that much.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Shamwow Quote
The 14mm is the best ultra-wide for street photography.

At 2.8, it has a large aperture, and a very close focusing distance of just over 6 inches.

One of Pentax's best offerings. Dollar for dollar, it can't be beat.
I think 15mm is already too uncomfortably wide for street photography and like something closer to the 21.
10-29-2010, 12:54 AM   #21
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QuoteOriginally posted by rustynail925 Quote
Does your Sigma manual focus @ infinity? Mine appears to be not in focus
I don't focus it at infinity, just at 1m.... then I shoot. At infinity mark though I think it focuses behind infinity...
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I don't focus it at infinity, just at 1m.... then I shoot. At infinity mark though I think it focuses behind infinity...
Thats what i observed on my copy too its about 1m to get it on focus. I sometimes use the manual focus @infinity on my DA16-45 before during dark/night scene
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DA12-24 owners - can you post some portrait & group pics of this lens. need to see how good is the distortion control

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