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02-01-2011, 11:58 PM   #1
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Ultra Wide Angle lens- Which one ?

Trying to get myself a late Christmas present.......yea, on Febuary

Here are some of my thoughts :

Sigma 8-16 :
Top of my list now.... the 8mm is certainly something i wanna try out. can't mount a filter would be a concern (or not?)

Sigma 10-20:
I would go for this one if it is a real problem that i could not mount a filter on the 8-16. Seems like more people likes the older version better than the newer 3.5.

Pentax 12-24:
A very pricy option. Seems like the Sigmas offer more.

Tamron 10-24:
Looked at few samples, does not really hit the spot. But nice price tho.

Primes:
hum........ not really

Fisheye:
not now

Tokina 11-16:
The perfect lens, why not?

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I think, from what I've seen, that the Sigma and the Pentax should be at the top of the list...

What's important is whether 10mm or 24mm is important to you. I find 12 super wide so I would go with the Pentax personally (esp. since I would use it between 16-24 more than 12-16), but others really value the 10mm of the sigma and they both take fantastic photos.
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sigma 10-20

I own the Sigma 10-20mm and it is my favourite lens. bought it before I went to europe and it was a great decision. I also have used the filter thread which is a nice feature. If you put a polarizing filter on it at that size the only problem I don't like is that the filter cap always falls off as there is not enough depth inside to have one attach properly.
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QuoteOriginally posted by taiweitai Quote
Trying to get myself a late Christmas present.......yea, on Febuary

Here are some of my thoughts :

Sigma 8-16 :
Top of my list now.... the 8mm is certainly something i wanna try out. can't mount a filter would be a concern (or not?)

Sigma 10-20:
I would go for this one if it is a real problem that i could not mount a filter on the 8-16. Seems like more people likes the older version better than the newer 3.5.

Pentax 12-24:
A very pricy option. Seems like the Sigmas offer more.

Tamron 10-24:
Looked at few samples, does not really hit the spot. But nice price tho.

Primes:
hum........ not really

Fisheye:
not now

Tokina 11-16:
The perfect lens, why not?
Tokina doesn't make them in K-mount, that's why not, I guess

As for the others Sigma 10-20mm seems a safe bet and is used by good photographers. There is also the Sigma 12-24mm which is a full-frame design in case this is an advantage for you.

I just got a Samyang 14/2.8 for very little and if you don't mind a MF bulky prime, it is surprisingly good.

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Sigma 8-16 does not accept fillet filters
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I went from the older Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 to the 10-20mm F3.5 and I've found that having front filter threads, and being able to attach filters have been very useful since I make use of ND and GND filters when I've used the lenses for my landscape shots.
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sigma 8-16 is a difficult lens to use it well, more like the Takumar 15mm on film.
If you are new to WA, go for DA12-24.
Personally, i think DA12-24 has too even distortion that it is actually more difficult to do portrait than the sigma 8-16. For landscape/architect, both are as good. Just pick one to start with ;-)
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Absolutely love the DA14mm... Don't pass up primes quite yet. Good price, awesome clarity...

Regarding the DA14mm, f2.8 is important for in-door work and its mostly rectilinear with a hint of distortion... Don't pass up primes yet..


P.S. If you review the posts from the Mid-Atlantic Pentax Day last July, you will find a number of images taken with the Sigma 8-16mm. It was quite favorably received that day...

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...................I make use of ND and GND filters when I've used the lenses for my landscape shots.
I want to use NDs on my 10-20 f4-5.6 for a Spring vacation at oceanside--are you happy with your supplier? If so, can you tell me where you bought? Tx

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I'd shoot for the newer Sigma 10-20 3.5 or primes. There appear to be more UWA fast primes on B&H than I expected - although after looking at them a bit...I still keep coming back to the awesomeness of the Sigma 10-20 (both versions are excellent).

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Now that I own a DA 15mm, I don't think I'll trade it for any of those zooms. This little lens is just magical!
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The Sigma 10-20 hardly offers 'more' than the DA 12-24. There is a reason for the price difference.
But it does look like the 10-20 is the lens for you - and you're already convinced of that.

No mention of intended purpose for this lens, but in my case, I've tried the primes (except the 15 ltd, which I'm trying hard to avoid, as well as all the threads about the lens - it does sound very good) and most of the UWA zooms, and of all of them the 12-24 still comes out on top. It's all of course up to the buyer to decide...
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MY UWA experience is confined to the Sigma 10-20, and while one might say "hardly offers 'more' than the DA 12-24" the reverse is also true. 2mm might not sound like a lot but it is down at those focal lengths.

I also owned a DA15 for a while, but I wouldn't call that an UWA. I did end up selling it just before Christmas - no regrets - and I don't think it was any sharper or had any more contrast then the 10-20.
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QuoteOriginally posted by taiweitai Quote
Trying to get myself a late Christmas present.......yea, on Febuary

Here are some of my thoughts :

Sigma 8-16 :
Top of my list now.... the 8mm is certainly something i wanna try out. can't mount a filter would be a concern (or not?)

Sigma 10-20:
I would go for this one if it is a real problem that i could not mount a filter on the 8-16. Seems like more people likes the older version better than the newer 3.5.

Pentax 12-24:
A very pricy option. Seems like the Sigmas offer more.

Tamron 10-24:
Looked at few samples, does not really hit the spot. But nice price tho.

Primes:
hum........ not really

Fisheye:
not now

Tokina 11-16:
The perfect lens, why not?
I did a lot of research on this topic 2 years ago. Back then, only the Sigma 10-20mm 4-5.6 was available from Sigma. I spent a lot of time comparing the Sigma to the Tokina 12-24 (which I learned is less $$ in C & N mount than the Sigma btw). I already had a Tamron 17-50mm, so the longer end of the Tokina was redundant to me. After looking at hundreds of shots, I chose the Sigma 10-20 and am delighted I did. The lens has been great, giving me many keeper shots which I cherish.
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DA12-24 or DA15 for sure!!!
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