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10-23-2007, 09:01 AM   #1
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New lense for trip

I'm heading on a cruise in Dec to mexico, I'm looking for a new lense to really capture some of the beautiful scenery that i'll be seeing.

Any recommendations?

I'm looking at the lower end of $500 as a budget...Id rather not spend it all

I want more clarity over length, I already have so decently long lenses

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Sigma 10-20mm. Case closed
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Given what you already have the 10-20 would be a good choice but on many days you might only want to carry 1 lens and possibly the Sigma 17-70 would be more versatile. You could sell your 18-55 as well to off set some of the cost.
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care to share why you chose that lense?

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Sure! Sorry for the brief post before.... You mentioned you didn't want any more length, and seeing that you already had a 80-320mm, the telephoto end is covered. The 18-55mm is a good all-arounder, and the 50mm is good for low-light/low DOF work. That leaves a gap at the ultra-wide end, which would be GREAT for some of the scenery in Mexico. Also look at the Pentax 12-24mm; I went with the Sigma because it was cheaper AND wider than the Pentax (10mm is quite a bit wider than 12mm)
Here's a picture from this past Saturday ( @10mm)


If you only want to carry one lens around, the Sigma 17-70mm would be a good bet (almost bought that one, went with the Tamron 28-75mm instead)
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I have to agree an ultra wide is worthwhile. I personally have the 10-20 sigma
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Wow guys thanks
Definately will consider that one now
Hadn't even crossed my mind to go that wide
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I went to mexico a few years back with my *istD and the 18-35 as the widest lens (that I had at the time). I would have liked a wider lens for being in the small towns.

This year I was in france and used my 10-20 probably 70% of the time.

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Lens for trip

I recently returned from just under 2 wks in Spain, and I used the wider end of the kit lens (18-55) for most of my shots. During the trip, I really wanted something wider and a tad sharper. I would look into the 10-20mm from Sigma, especially for architecture and landscape. Just my $0.02. Have a good trip.
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Other than LBA did you have a goal/purpose for the new lens?

I like older buildings - forts, churches. There are some old hotels from the late 1800 and early 1900 that have been fixed up to their old elegance. The inside is dark compared to new buildings. Both Pentax and Sigma make a 14mm f/2.8 lens for low light shots. You can also use it outdoors for night shots as well as day shots.

If you were just thinking of upgrading a lens: The Pentax 16-45 f/4 is wider and better uality than your kit lens. The Sigma 18-50 f/2.8 will give you better low light shots.

Do you use the EXIF progam that scans your picture directory and generates graphs showing the number of pictures sorted by f stop, focal length, shutter speed and film speed (ISO)? This will help you see what lens changes would help the way you shoot. This makes it easy to see if you could use a wider, longer or faster lens. To get the most use from it you should also keep a directory of your reject photos to see what you tried to take.
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im not sure which exif program your talking about

I dont normally shoot stuff like thins but have an interest in it now just need a lense.

I was thinking the 18-50 f2.8, but im thinking wider is better at this point
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Also look at the Pentax 12-24mm

If you only want to carry one lens around, the Sigma 17-70mm would be a good bet
The 12-24 is about $220 over-budget...though nice.

The 17-70 would be a good choice.
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since there seem to be a lot of suggestions that basically replace the functionality of your existing lenses, let me ask a question to get this back on track.

Do you want a better quality lens within the range of focal lengths you presently have, (i.e. you are looking to replace a lens or two) or do you want to extend your lens collection to beyond what you presently have?

If you are looking to get "better" lenses within the range you now have, you are really leading down the path of replacing your present zooms withones in the F/2.8 apature range. To go from your present 16mm to 200 mm would be A TON of money.

Extending your focal length range by getting a 10-20mm sigma, on the other hand is one purchase, with little duplication of what you already own.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Lowell Goudge Quote
since there seem to be a lot of suggestions that basically replace the functionality of your existing lenses, let me ask a question to get this back on track.

Do you want a better quality lens within the range of focal lengths you presently have, (i.e. you are looking to replace a lens or two) or do you want to extend your lens collection to beyond what you presently have?

If you are looking to get "better" lenses within the range you now have, you are really leading down the path of replacing your present zooms withones in the F/2.8 apature range. To go from your present 16mm to 200 mm would be A TON of money.

Extending your focal length range by getting a 10-20mm sigma, on the other hand is one purchase, with little duplication of what you already own.

You are correct, If I wanted to replace my Zooms(which would be nice if I did this as more than just a hobby) it would cost me a lot. I am however wanting to expand my short end with some good quality lenses. So the 10-20mm and the 18-50mm f/2.8 are probably the 2 main ones i'll look at. The 18-50 would replace my kit lense so it's not so needed and a wide angle would be great for some of the close stuff I do
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We have been traveling through Mexico several times. Great place.

I'd take one range lens; wide <> tele (18-200 or 18-250) and one low light lens; 50mm f1.4 for shooting inside temples etc.
There is plenty of light outdoors. Not too much dust.
We've ended up walking a lot in warm/hot weather Thus, keep things light. Less is better imo.
Be sure to get of the track, away from the other tourists.

- Bert
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