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View Poll Results: What WA or UWA lens would you get?
DA 14 f2.8 ED 57.94%
DA 15mm F4 ED AL Limited 2133.33%
DA 21mm F3.2 Limited 46.35%
DA 12-24mm F4 ED AL [IF] 1219.05%
Sigma 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM 711.11%
Sigma 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM 1219.05%
Tamron 10-24mm f3.5-4.5 Di II   00%
OTHER - PLEASE LIST BELOW! 23.17%
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03-28-2011, 10:36 PM   #16
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Did I mention rain protection? I always carried a large ziplock freezer bag with me to shield my holster/fannypack camera bag's contents in for light drizzle. In heavier rain I'd seal the ziplock shut, roll it down, and then cover the camera bag with my rain poncho thingy. The more equipment you're carrying, and the larger the individual components are, the harder it will be to keep things dry. And you can't always predict when it will rain. And sometimes things are prettiest just before or after a rain!

And don't forget, when hiking/camping, it's pretty much guaranteed that your measures against keeping water out of your gear are going to fail in some way, to some extent. If you're careful: a minor way to only a small extent, but still... Not trying to scare you away from woodsy photography, but it's something to be aware of!

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Maybe Jewelltrail can chime in here too. I know he sometimes posts shots on the wider end with a Tammy zoom from his backpacking trips and I think his perspective would also be helpful for you.
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Yeah the 49mm thread would be nice, the 10-20 and 12-24 have pretty large filter threads.. and those get expensive. Hikes for us will be mainly day hikes and walk abouts while camping. I do like the small size of the 21 and 15, but I'm not sure if its worth not having the versatility of a zoom.
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Chex Ok so after my last poll dealing with longer range I've decided on the D FA100mm WR Macro because of it being able to pull double duty for macro (and I do love my water drop photography!). So now I want something for my excursions out hiking/camping.. as much as I would love to just get the 31mm Ltd, I don't think that is nearly wide enough after seeing all the DA14/DA15/DA21 shots! So I'll run another poll, and any words of wisdom, pro's/con's of lenses and suggestions of ones not in the poll would be great!
I've been taking pictures for a long time, but have been hiking & camping even longer. Reading the thread, you have excellent advice, though there is one thing I would add. As excellent as the lenses are in your poll, none of them, IMO, are the choice for most valuable hiking & camping. I love my Sigma 10-20, & it does sneak in my hiking bag, but it is not my go-to lens. For hikes, when I feel pressured to go with one lens, the 17-50 focal range of the Tamron 2.8 always won. This is a valuable range for hiking/camping. The Tamron excels wide open, @ all focal lengths and delivers prime like IQ throughout the range. The dark recesses of the forest sometimes demand the larger apertures of the 17-50 2.8. What is even more impressive about a zoom in this range, is the borders follow very closely to the center, something desirable in landscapes. The 6-year warranty of the Tamron is hard to ignore.

But, the newer designed Sigma 17-50 OS, HSM 2.8 is even better if you can spend more. I have not shot with it, but see nice work done with it. It excels in the recent Photozone review.

Here are some shots with my Tamron, from wide open, to f11---from 17mm, through 50mm.


















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Well, I have NO experience with hiking, so I would defer to those who do. It does seem, however, that the 15, as small and light as it is, would be a natural.
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It does seem, however, that the 15, as small and light as it is, would be a natural
The DA 15 would be a natural for hiking, as long you brought another lens or two along to complement it. But to be forced to use only an ultra-wide lens during the course of an entire hike would probably lead to some missed shots.

If the OP is not entirely satisfied with the IQ of the DA 18-135, then I suspect a zoom would fit his needs better. I find that my DA 12-24 makes for an excellent hiking lens; but such lenses as the DA 16-45, the DA* 16-50, or (as mentioned above) the Tamron 17-50 might work even better, given the terrain and the FOV needs of the photographer.
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Well I'm sure I would be bringing my 18-135mm WR lens as well, just its IQ is far from what I was hoping, so if I was shooting anything wide, I would change it out in a heartbeat.
If you expected the 18-135 to be as good as your 43...you were expecting too much IMHO.

Which lens next? Only you can make that decision. I have a 12-24 and DA 15. I am keeping the 15 because it is 'special' to me. I like the rendering and the small
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Well I may be in luck filling some of my other focal ranges with some older K-mount and M42 mount manual pentax glass, including a 28mm and 50/55mm's... So getting a 28mm I'm thinking the 15 is making more and more sense than a 21mm. So now the decision is more between the 15mm Ltd, Sigma 10-20, Sigma 8-16, Pentax 12-24.. the FA 14 after reading reviews and searching sites etc.. and being discontinued.. all are not in its favor.

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This is a poll that everybody would love to see !

But shouldn't we separate the UWA primes and zooms as two polls ? I would give my vote for DA 15 for prime and Sigma 8-16 for zoom as i already voted
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For someone who is looking at buying 2 lenses sure, I'm looking at getting just one.. so for me they all get thrown into the same heap for now. I'm a fan of primes > zooms personally, but the IQ of some of the UWA lenses are right up there. After todays visit to my local shop I think I'm going to be covering a lot more focal ranges than I thought. Older primes I'm looking at 28/35/50/55 and 2 zooms 35-135 and 70-210. After all is said and done, I should be good with the DA 15 Ltd and the DA 100 WR Macro.. and then down the line a FA 77. I guess not doing my taxes last year was a good thing, 2X the return is at least a lens or two.. let alone the older used gear!
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I don't think it makes a freaking difference:

You can put a 15 on there...a 28... a 50....an 18-135...or whatever else.

You're gonna get your shots when they present themselves. But I TOTALLY agree with V in that you can easily do...and SHOULD do...trips like this with the emphasis on a prime.

Whatever FL that prime happens to be.
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I've already started to hunt for a DA15... my cousin has a 12-24 I'm going to borrow and try for a few days, but I think I would prefer a prime and the DA21 I don't think is wide enough since I already have a 28mm.
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this thread was useful i do a lot of traveling and mountain climbing, and size and weight is a real issue for me since i carry a K7 body. i've been thinking about getting the 15mm f4 for a long time, and that's what i'll do.

IQ is very important, but 12-24mm is too heavy for me, so 15mm F4 is what i would get
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What, is the poll closed? So I don't get to vote for the Tamron 10-24? Bother...
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hehe and be the lone vote! I would love to see comparitive sample shots between it and the 12-24mm
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