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03-12-2012, 09:18 AM   #1
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SMP DA 12-24 wide angle lens

I am considering purchasing the 12-24 wide angle lens for my K-5 prior to our trip to Alaska this summer. I am aware that they are out of stock at most of our vendors because of the tragedy in Japan last year. Do any of you have any information on when these lenses may be available? If there are posts addressing this situation, I would be appreciate it if you would direct me to them.

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https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-slr-lens-discussion/177057-da-12-24-availability.html

You can also look at the Tamron 10-24 and the Sigma 10-20. My choice was the Tamron, but your mileage may vary.
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I do not know what other lenses you have but on our Alaskan cruise last summer, I used the DA*16-50 for my wide angle and really got some nice pictures with that. If I had not had 16mm, I would have probably bought a wide zoom for the trip. You can also look at the Sigma and Tamron mentioned above. Both are wider than the 12-24 and much cheaper.

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QuoteOriginally posted by SEWIS Quote
I am considering purchasing the 12-24 wide angle lens for my K-5 prior to our trip to Alaska this summer. I am aware that they are out of stock at most of our vendors because of the tragedy in Japan last year. Do any of you have any information on when these lenses may be available? If there are posts addressing this situation, I would be appreciate it if you would direct me to them.

Best regards,

Doug
I am going to Aalska this May as well, and just bought this lens from B&H for the trip. The supply problem with this lens predates the tsunami.

I am planning on taking the DA 12-24/4, FA*28-70/2.8, DA*60-250/4 and the Tamron 1.4 TC.

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I have been on a wide angle mission lately, and in my searches I found that B&H does have it in stock (according to their website):

Pentax SMCP-DA 12-24mm f/4 ED AL Autofocus Lens 21577 B&H Photo

Of course, I decided to go with the Sigma 8-16mm, because I want that extra 4mm.
But give B&H a try.
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Good choice of lenses.... Hope you enjoy your trip,



QuoteOriginally posted by pcarfan Quote
I am going to Aalska this May as well, and just bought this lens from B&H for the trip. The supply problem with this lens predates the tsunami.

I am planning on taking the DA 12-24/4, FA*28-70/2.8, DA*60-250/4 and the Tamron 1.4 TC.
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QuoteOriginally posted by GaryH Quote
Good choice of lenses.... Hope you enjoy your trip,
Thanks...I will be taking two bodies as well (K-7, K-5) and was planning to attach the 28-70 on one and the 60-250 with the TC on the other. Now, I am debating whether I should have the 12-24 instead of the 28-70?

But, to me the 12 to 20 range is more like a specialty range that is rarely used, and when used it is for landscapes only and I will have time to switch lenses. The 28-70 I think would be a more suitable walk-around lens, what do you think from your experience in Alaska...I am going on a cruise.
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QuoteOriginally posted by cali92rs Quote
I have been on a wide angle mission lately, and in my searches I found that B&H does have it in stock (according to their website):

Pentax SMCP-DA 12-24mm f/4 ED AL Autofocus Lens 21577 B&H Photo

Of course, I decided to go with the Sigma 8-16mm, because I want that extra 4mm.
But give B&H a try.
It's definitely in stock, I placed the order yesterday and it was shipped out today.

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My advice is to stay away from Tamron 10-24. It was the worst lens I have ever had (and I tried 2 copies!). Sharpness was just disaster even stopped down.

I can recommend Sigma 10-20 which I use for few years (with K100D, K-m, K-x, K-r and now with K-5) and it is really good lens. As far as I know P12-24 is sharper but Sigma is wider
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Thank you all for your input. Unfortunately I missed out on the lens at B&H. It would appear that our friends here snapped them all up before I could react. I am glad that they found good homes.

I was interested to see that someone raised the possibility of a WR version of this lens. That would be of interest to me. Is there any solid information on this.

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That is exactly why I used to own a Sigma 10-20. I liked the lens but did not like to change lenses for landscape pictures. I sold it and got the 16-50. I did . However, just buy the 12-24 for our cruise next week to see how I fare with it. As far as Alaska, you will probably be using the 12-24mm more from the ship than on land if you are on a cruise similar to ours (inside passage). On land, the 28-70 should do you fine. If you have a XX-50 f2.8 of some sort, I believe I would consider that. I actually used my 18-135 more than anything on the land stuff. You will find that whatever you have on your camera will work great under most circumstances. You will just adjust your composition to compensate.
My two lens kit for most excursion stuff was the 18-135 and the 60-250. Having the 18-135 helped minimize lens changes.


QuoteOriginally posted by pcarfan Quote
Thanks...I will be taking two bodies as well (K-7, K-5) and was planning to attach the 28-70 on one and the 60-250 with the TC on the other. Now, I am debating whether I should have the 12-24 instead of the 28-70?

But, to me the 12 to 20 range is more like a specialty range that is rarely used, and when used it is for landscapes only and I will have time to switch lenses. The 28-70 I think would be a more suitable walk-around lens, what do you think from your experience in Alaska...I am going on a cruise.

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