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04-01-2012, 08:29 AM   #1
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Next Lens?

I currently have the following lenses: Pentax FA 50 1.4, Pentax 18-250, 55-300, 35 f2.4, 18-50WR kit lens and a mediocre copy of a sigma 28-80 2.8-4. I am leaning toward a wide angle for my next lens, but am also considering a faster/sharper 16-50 or 17-70. I do like landscape quite a bit, but also take lots of indoor/ lowlight event/family photos. I have never had anything wider than 17mm so have zero experience with this type of photography. Any thoughts? TIA!!!

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Well for landscapes it has to be the Sigma 10-20mm it's great value considering the Pentax alternative.
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You have some overlapping FLs in your zooms. what about selling all your zooms except the 55-300? then you can get the DA* 16-50. you'll have 16-300 covered basically. This can also replace the WR in your kit lens. If you get the 16-50, i'd probably sell the 35/2.4 as well.
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I just snapped up an M-50-1.4 (60 inc postage) for my Pentax-MG which is currently rolling with an A-50-f2 (bye bye f2!!)

My next lens is hopefully either an FA20 or FA35 - then a FA35 or FA20 - followed by FA100macro and a Samyang-8mmfisheye

Then I'm pretty much done with lenses and its wait on April-fools K3 to make a real appearance...

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My next lenses: A pair of old A-type Vivitar Series 1s should arrive soon: 19-36/3.8 and 70-210/2.8. I had told myself, NO MORE MF ZOOMS but I couldn't let these get away.

QuoteOriginally posted by Scottie137 Quote
... and a mediocre copy of a sigma 28-80 2.8-4.
That's a safe one to lose. Your others comprise a pretty good kit. (Although I'm agnostic on the DA55-300.) My basic|original kit also includes the DA18-250 (most flexible zoom around) and FA50/1.4 (my gotta-get-the-shot lens). My other original Pentax lens was the DA10-17 -- more on that below.

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I am leaning toward a wide angle for my next lens, but am also considering a faster/sharper 16-50 or 17-70. I do like landscape quite a bit, but also take lots of indoor/ lowlight event/family photos. I have never had anything wider than 17mm so have zero experience with this type of photography.
Various stuff to address here.

* While your DA18-55WR is great in weather, you may want a Tamron 17-50/2.8 for speed and IQ.
* For indoor|lowlight|family photos, I like the fast manual-focus wide-normal Vivitar 24/2 and 28/2.
* And landscapes and ultrawides are totally different fish.

Landscapes: If you view collections of 'scapes you'll see that most were shot at focal lengths equivalent to 18-55mm on APS-C. For distortion-free 'scapes, shoot a series with a 28-31mm lens in portrait mode, then stitch them together into a pano. Ah, but sometimes a wider lens *IS* needed. But since most 'scapes don't move around much (except in seismic areas) a fast AF lens isn't really needed. A stopped-down MF lens does just fine.

Beyond 17mm: The DA10-17 fisheye zoom is the lens that drove me to Pentax -- nothing else quite like it. Quite fishy at 10mm, slightly fishy at 17mm, it's a great performer but really rather specialized. I'm now more likely to use the Tamron 10-24. Yes, as with any UWA, the rectilinear distortion is pronounced, but that's easier to deal with in PP than fisheye optics.

The Tamron 10-24: Around Xmas 2010 I could have bought any of the leading UWA contenders: Pentax 12-24, Tamron 10-24, Sigma 10-20s. I chose the Tamron because of quality, price, and warranty. The Pentax may be 'better' but costs much more and has a very short warranty period. The Sigmas have known QC issues. The Tamron has an excellent range, good for VERY tight spaces at 10mm and 'scapes at 24mm -- and the price and warranty are right.

My recommendation: Whatever lens(es) you decide on, be sure the seller has a no-question return+refund policy. Especially with ultrawides, especially with Sigma, it's all too common to return more than one copy before getting a good one. Good luck!

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You can't beat the DA*16-50 for low light indoor family shots.
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The 10-17 is a lot of fun and surprisingly useful. It's worth renting for a week or two and then deciding whether to spend the money.
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So just wanted to wrap up this thread and say thanks to all those who posted advice. Ended up with the Sigma 10-20 f3.5. Only took a few shots with it this weekend, but definitely going to enjoy having the flexibility it provides! I will hopefully have time to get out and shoot in the near future and post up a real review as well as some pics!

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Tamron 10-24mm :
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/post-your-photos/185129-nature-birds-supe...ml#post1951670
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the 16-50 is my second most used lens and is sooooo versatile! My #1 lens is the 50-135! What a combo for 99% of my shooting needs!!
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