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01-28-2012, 09:32 PM   #1
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please delete this thread

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Sigma 8-16 and DA 35 f/2.4

But you said best value, not best. The trouble with questions like that are that only you know what you are shooting, what your requirements are, what your budget is, and what image quality you need for your purpose. Those are all excellent lenses, but with different characteristics.

For example if I was looking for a 35mm I would get the DA 35 f/2.8 macro rather than f/2.4. Why, because the build quality is important to me, purely from a personal standpoint. If both lenses took equally good pictures but the build quality was better on one, I would get that one even if it cost a lot more, because that is important to me. But it might not matter at all to someone else who is only concerned with the image quality.
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Best value for in terms of what sort of photography? All the listed lenses have plus and minuses. For example, the Sigma 8-16 is the widest; but you can't use filters on it and at 8mm you can run into huge perspective distortion issues if you're not careful. The DA 12-24 is capable of producing absolutely splendid images, with vivid colors and beautiful rendering, but it's a lot more expensive than some other lenses that have comparable resolution and better CA control. The only lens in that list that I would feel confident saying it was not the best value would be the DA 14. The rest are all terrific choices. Just pick whatever fits your shooting style and you can't go wrong.
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Best wide angle: DA*21.

i've owned it for a coupla years, but have started to use it a lot more in the last 6 months. I carry it in my bag or on the camera, all the time.

Its sort of the Pentax version of the Sigma 30 f1.4 that folks on this forum rave about. It tends to have a bit softer edges than the typical limited, but it makes up for it with superlative rendering and contrast.

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I think I'll keep my samyang 14mm for wide angle. It's sharper and cheaper than all of those lenses on the list. The only con is manual aperture and focus, but that's a pro for me because I would actually spend more time setting up a composition and learning.

For a normal prime, I'll go with the 40mm. I just like it a lot.

At first I thought I needed to have at least two of those legendary limited primes. But I just don't need them. I take most of my pictures outside and not in a studio. So 40mm will more than enough for me.

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01-29-2012, 02:26 AM   #6
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Shot this Saturday rehearsal before a Nnenna Freelon performance. Wide open at f4 and 12m, handheld 1/200 at ISO 3200. No flash is allowed and the folks in the booth are running thru light cues gong white, yellow, blue, green, magenta. This also why I use K-5s. Just like Jazz, improvise. Didn't meter anything except using mu Digisix knew I was starting at EV7, adjust on the fly from the histogram and experience. RAW ( I choose DNGs") are the only way to go. Rest of the gallery is here Nnenna Freelon Cary Arts Center - Images | Brooke Meyer

Shot the drummer with 12-24 & Tamron 28-75. Last of Nnenna was 50-135, also wide open at 2.8.

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01-29-2012, 02:31 AM   #7
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DA15 for UWA, better iq and handling than 12-24
FA35 for std prime, other options too slow
01-29-2012, 03:16 AM   #8
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I had a choice a year ago, between the Sigma 10-20s, DA12-24, and Tamron 10-24. I chose Tamron because of 1) focal range, 2) warranty, 3) price, and 4) Sigma's known QC issues.

If I was choosing primes and budget wasn't an issue, I'd go for the DA15 and DA21 and FA31 Ltds. Why screw around with anything less? If budget WAS an issue, I'd go for the Samyang 14 (or Zenitar 16) and the SMC-F 28. I do prefer 28-31mm FOV to 35mm.

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DA 12-24 and FA 31ltd. I know, the 31 is not on your list, but I had to mention it. Else, I would go with the DA 35 Ltd.
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QuoteOriginally posted by pendulum Quote
The only advantages of 14/15mm over the samyang is slightly better colors, AF and auto aperture.
The DA15 has much less distortion, is far smaller, and far lighter. If these things aren't important to you then dont buy it.
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The da15 does have aggravatingly soft edges until f8, where they become much more acceptable. But the center of the image is beyond merely sharp straight from f4 - it has fantastic bite and clarity. So it works for close up work with a central subject from f4, but for landscapes you stop the lens down. Pretty much what you'd do anyway.
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I'd add the Tamron 10-24 to your zoom list. It's cheaper, has a better warranty, QC at Tamron is superior to Sigma, and its a pleasure to use.

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