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09-14-2011, 02:55 AM   #1
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Tamron 10-24 vrs Samsung 12-24

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I have a small dilemma and am hoping one of the many experts on this forum can advise me. I have been looking at getting an Ultra Wide lens and had pretty much decided to go for the Tamron 10-24mm. Calling my local camera shop they can get this Lens in for £399, but have said that they also have a used Samsung 12-24 which is currently going for £299 (with a 6 month warrantee). I know very little about the Samsung and canít find it in the Lens database. Does anyone have any experience with this lens and which would be the better buy?


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09-14-2011, 04:27 AM   #2
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Samsung 12-24mm is the same as Pentax 12-24mm, which is the best UWA zoom in Pentax mount--much better than the Tamron. But check whether that copy has any defect, such as softness on one side--the price seems too good compared to the Tamron (even if the latter is new). The Samsung should sharp be across the frame even wide open.
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I own the Samsung 12-24 and have used the Tamron. Get the Samsung, it's better.
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cheers for replies. Is there a good way to test for "softness on one side"? I was going to do the test performed in the below URL to test for FF/BF issues. Would this be sufficient or will any issues with softness be obvious?

Focus Testing - photo.net

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Find a pretty symmetrical building, shoot the center, compare the sides for sharpness.

I don't know if the focus test would be enough or not - I'd assume it would be, as long as you can get it in frame of a UWA lens
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Where can u still get the samsung 12-24? I googled but could not find any online store still selling....
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QuoteOriginally posted by raider Quote
Where can u still get the samsung 12-24? I googled but could not find any online store still selling....
Look here (it's ~US$900)
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Thanks RioRico. It said out of stock but thanks anyway

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I would take samsung 12-24
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