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01-19-2008, 03:22 PM   #1
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Lens for the Himalayas

I need some advice on the best lens for wide angle for an upcomming 18 day trek in the everest region. Fisheye or rectilinear? I curently have a 18-250 pentax on a K10D

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da 12-24 id say
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G'day Trots,
Look, I have neither so probably shouldn't be jumping in here, but I have been snooping around wideangles a bit,(LBA itch ) and I would have a look at the Pentax & Tamron 12-24 OR the Pentax 14mm.

I use a Sigma 24mm f1.7.

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I'd avoid a fisheye, personally. Why add the weird factor if you don't need to?

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yep, 12-24 seems like the best idea. Hoping you'll definitely be taking your 18-250mm too; telephoto of mountains and scenery makes for very compelling images too.
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QuoteOriginally posted by qksilver Quote
da 12-24 id say
I'll second the motion - you need the extra width in the mountains. I will be revisiting many places now that I have the 12-24 so that I can take the images I wanted to take, but could not.
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And I'll make it a quorum. I've got the Sigma 12-24mm and it would be the perfect lens for vistas like these. Take your 18-250 of course as well. I got the Sigma simply since it was full frame (good for 35mm film or any upcoming sensor changes) and it was about $100 less than the Pentax version. It's a fine performer in all respects.
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You should also consider the Sigma 10-20mm EX DC lens. Wider angle, and less weight and money. It's also f/4 at 10mm vs the 12-24's f/4.5. I have it, and am very pleased with it. I just did a quick check, and the Sigma 10-20 EX DC is $499 at B&H. whereas the Sigma 12-24 is $689. The Pentax 12-24 is $669 at Beach Camera.

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Be sure to check out some images from the DA14 as well. Prime vs. Zoom is blah blah here, you're going to the Himilayas. You'll be very wide on the other lenses for every shot I expect. I don't own it, but I think the da 14mm is the best UWA from images here and the photozone reviews too I think. If I was going all the way to the Himalayas, I would have the best.

Have a great trip. Post pics! Cheers, Matt
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QuoteOriginally posted by Clem Nichols Quote
It's also f/4 at 10mm vs the 12-24's f/4.5.
f/4.5 ??? wha ??? 1st I've heard of this. Any links?
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QuoteOriginally posted by m8o Quote
f/4.5 ??? wha ??? 1st I've heard of this. Any links?
Sorry about not making that clear. It is the Sigma 12-24 which is f/4.5 at 12mm. The "quorum" had decided on the Sigma 12-24, and that's the lens I was referring to in my comparison.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Clem Nichols Quote
Sorry about not making that clear. It is the Sigma 12-24 which is f/4.5 at 12mm. The "quorum" had decided on the Sigma 12-24, and that's the lens I was referring to in my comparison.
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well actually, before Peter Zack everyone had been recommending the "DA" 12-24mm... i.e. the Pentax. [edit: I do realize now however I did not write "da" in my post. Whoops! source of confusion.] So perhaps no quorum actually (if you define that as looking for three or more) on the Sigma variant though there is one on the Pentax variant. Actually, I'm sure the Sigma would be just fine too though. I just don't have it, nor have I seen a lot taken with it, so i can't really comment.

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