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01-08-2011, 06:30 PM   #1
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Pentax 12-24 F4, the Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6, or wait for the Pentax 12-35 f3.5-4.5

I want to get a wide angle lens. I currently have a DA* 16-50 F4 I'm trying to decide between the Pentax 12-24 F4, the Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6, or wait for the Pentax 12-35 f3.5-4.5 (that may never come). I've seen and read good things about the Pentax 12-24 F4. Photozone really likes the Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6, and the Pentax 12-35 f3.5-4.5 is suppose to be weather resistant.

I can't decide if the Pentax 12-24 F4 is wide enough for me and it is not weather resistant. I would like my lenses to be weather resistant. The Sigma cannot use a filter and is not weather resistant. I'm not sure how important the use of a filter will be for landscape shooting with a wide angle lens. Many of the landscape shots I've taken before I use a polarizing or enhancing filter.

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I'm sure your 16-50 is f/2.8
You may be waiting a while for the 12-35.
Meanwhile, if you've never seen how wide 12mm is, it'd be an idea to have a look through a viewfinder to find out - it's quite a lot wider than 16mm.
If 12mm isn't wide enough, then the other option is the Sigma 10-20 or the Tamron 10-24, which are both reasonably good as well with only some minor issues with distortion at 10mm. None of these options are WR.

So if you're really after something WR, then if time isn't an issue you can wait for the 12-35, whenever it does eventually come.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Buckeye Quote
I'm not sure how important the use of a filter will be for landscape shooting with a wide angle lens. Many of the landscape shots I've taken before I use a polarizing or enhancing filter.
I use filters with my DA 12-24, but it's tricky. I find polarizers useful to take off the glare from foliage, but if confronted with blue skies, the filter usually has to come off. Also had good success with ND and ND grad filters. In any case, wouldn't want to be without them.
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My lens has survived a swedish winter.
Everything from windy, cold, moist.

No problems at all.

I doubt you'll be getting any issues with it if you dont go swim with it..

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Thanks for the advice. I have never used anything wider than the 16-50 f2.8 (Yes I know, it was a brain lapse). From what I have read and examples I've seen the Pentax 12-24 is a bit better lens than the Sigma 10-20 mm and Tamron 10-24mm. Photozone gave the Sigma 8-16 a rave review (on a Canon) although they emphasize that the result shouldn't be compared across systems.
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Thanks. That's kind of along the line I'm, thinking about the use of filters. With the any of the other lenses I have a choice whereas with the Sigma 8-16 you don't get a choice.
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Buy an used Sigma 10-20/4-5.6, then sell it when/if the 12-35 comes out. There will be a loss, but pretty minor anyway, and it would be money well spent 'renting' it if it is a long wait.
Worst case: The 12-35 is vapourware, and you have found out whether 10/12mm at the wide end would do the trick or that you are better off with the 8-16.
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Also, the 8-16 has a protruding dome lens and unless your make a custom filter bracket, there is no filters for it.. Lens looks AMAZING, but without filters it'll be the 10-20 for me..

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