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10-18-2007, 04:38 PM   #1
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First good glass

I am looking for advice on upgrading my lens. I currently have

50mm 1.4f Pentax
28-70mm Tamron
75-300mm Tamron

Now...the 50 is a good lens and I have had it for twenty years...but the Tamrons are on the low end and came in the package with my K100.

I am looking, once again, if you had this collection and were looking at an expensive piece of glass...where would you go next?!?!?

I have been thinking Sigma 10-20...but I would like you hear your thoughts.



10-18-2007, 05:01 PM   #2
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The FA 31/1.8, no doubt about it. The best lens I own, by a long shot. Next best are any of the fast 50's, but it looks like you have that covered.
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Then again, it looks like you have nothing on the wide end. Maybe the DA 21 or the 12-24?
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the sigma 10-20 is a good lens, and if you look through this forum, you will see other discussion threads with sample photo's posted.

Some of the discussions have been between this and the 12-24 (pentax or tokina) others have been between this and the 10-17 fisheye (pentax or tokina).

The fish eye usually looses out because most people are really looking to avoid the post processing of distortion correction.

I have the sigma, my brother in law has the 12-24 tokina for his nikon. I read some where both the tokina lenses were joint developments with pentax and optically the same, just finished differently./

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Do you like barrel distortion at the wide end? The reason I ask is because the Sigma does have significant barrel at 10-12, though not near as much as the Pentax/Tokina Fisheye.

Personally, I find my fisheye a challenging, yet fun and rewarding, lens to use. I would like to get myself a 12-24 in the near future since I still prefer shots with less distortion at that wide end.
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The DA 14 and 12-24 are both excellent choices at the wide end... If you're looking for something at the long end, try the DA* 50-135 or the sigma 80-200 f/2.8, or you can wait for the DA* 60-250 or 300. Also, you can't go wrong with most of the Limiteds. What sort of things do you want to be shooting? Are there any situations where your current lenses don't do something you wish they did?
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Thanks for the opinions. Yes I am looking more towards the wide angle. I will continue to watch the debates and look at the photos.


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Hi Beest ,

I have the 12-24 have not taken too many shots with it , but I have a trip comming up next week and will have a few. I really enjoy the wide end and I think it is a great lens. I looked at the Sigma 10-20 while a little cheaper , based on reviews here and some playing in the store , the 12-24 just felt better. I also have a CP filter for it - for sunny landscapes I have been very pleased. Really looking forward to a trip I have in Feb where it should get a workout.

From your sig I see you are in Kingston, Nova Scotia ? Home of the Paragon golf course if I remember correctlry ... Ummm well a life time ago I lived in Greenwood and went to West Kings HS - Not sure I would know anybody in Kingston anymore (Ackerson maybe) - still know a few people in Berwick ... small world ....

here are a couple with 12-24 I like (these are 12mm)

Here's one at 24mm (I think it was the 12-24 ..)

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