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03-22-2011, 09:41 AM   #16
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I have a sigma 10-20, (OK you want pentax so 12-24) and use it quite a lot at 10mm.

I have also reciently bought a 14mm lens.

Presently, when travelling light I take the 10-20, and a 28-75 but the 10-20 is relitively slow, and I find in some situations the 14mmF2.8 has a lot more uses, although I give up on field of view.

A good UWA zoom will always find a home, and My approach is to recommend a few good quality zooms first, followed with function specific primes later

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Only you can decide. I have all three lenses and am letting the 12-24 go. Great lens but the DA Limiteds suit me better.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Spotmatic Quote
Only you can decide. I have all three lenses and am letting the 12-24 go. Great lens but the DA Limiteds suit me better.
It might be interesting to hear why the Ltds suite you better. I'm in a similar predicament as metungnasi so I'm very curious.
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I've never had the 12-24, but I do own a 15mm and it is fantastic! It suits me because of its size, the quick autofocus, and when I have it on my body (it stays on for quite awhile) I just can't help but keep snapping shots at interesting angles. And I'm a sucker for prime myself so it fits me perfectly. It is also more inspiring, if you can believe it. I really have to think outside the box sometimes for the comprosition. My two cents

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QuoteOriginally posted by Eagle_Friends Quote
I've never had the 12-24, but I do own a 15mm and it is fantastic! It suits me because of its size, the quick autofocus, and when I have it on my body (it stays on for quite awhile) I just can't help but keep snapping shots at interesting angles. And I'm a sucker for prime myself so it fits me perfectly. It is also more inspiring, if you can believe it. I really have to think outside the box sometimes for the comprosition. My two cents
this is where I intended this post >>> the only viable reason to get either DA15 or DA21 over the DA12-24 is size.
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Thanks guys for all the responses. I decided to go with 15mm because of its size. Decided, not to get the 21 because I have the 31mm. Need to stop looking at the marketplace, its tempting on buying all of these wonderful lenses. Anyway, I have plan on getting the 12-24 sometime. I just need to do more OT at work. LOL!
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I'm no help at all because I have all 3 :/
Me too. Seldom carry all three though.
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QuoteOriginally posted by sterretje Quote
It might be interesting to hear why the Ltds suite you better. I'm in a similar predicament as metungnasi so I'm very curious.
Personal preference....that's all.

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In situations like where I took the pic below, it would have been nice to have a zoom. I didn't and ended up with a lot of crud on my mirror and sensor that evening swapping back and forth between primes. Beaches and multiple primes don't mix.

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i got around this by going for the 15mm DA Ltd and the FA 20-35 zoom. yes, it's f4 (but then the 21 is only f3.4) but constant, and on the K5 it hardly matters. equally light and portable, if a tiny bit larger. definitely cheaper, and equal image quality, IMHO.

as a bonus, the latter will rock when i pick up an MZ-s.
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QuoteOriginally posted by metungnasi Quote
Thanks guys for all the responses. I decided to go with 15mm because of its size. Decided, not to get the 21 because I have the 31mm. Need to stop looking at the marketplace, its tempting on buying all of these wonderful lenses. Anyway, I have plan on getting the 12-24 sometime. I just need to do more OT at work. LOL!
Get them all! You can never have too many lenses!

You may already know this: The big difference between zooms and primes is that a zoom gives you COVERAGE of a focal range, and a prime makes you EXPLOIT some focal length. I can COVER an immense range of possibilities with just four zooms, my Tammy 10-24/UW, DA10-17/FE, DA18-250, and Lil'Bigma 170-500. Throw away all the other ~200 lenses! Just those four (or even the first three) are plenty, for recording of events.

But every lens is a window on the world; specific primes force us into discipline, using a tool, EXPLOITING its characteristics, seeing out that window. So I use my faster Zenitar 16/2.8 more than the flexible but slower UW+FE zooms; and my 24-28-35-58-85mm f/2's and Fast Fifty's for their speed; and some cranky 35-40-90-105-140mm 4.5's for their quality. Each makes me work harder, better.

Zooms are for shooting. Primes are for seeing. Collect the entire set.
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QuoteOriginally posted by twitch Quote
In situations like where I took the pic below, it would have been nice to have a zoom. I didn't and ended up with a lot of crud on my mirror and sensor that evening swapping back and forth between primes. Beaches and multiple primes don't mix.

Nice shot!

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