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05-28-2012, 12:43 PM - 1 Like   #1
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My new favorite lens: Tamron 10-24mm F3.5-4.5

For the last three months I had been contemplating whether I would need the UWA of 10-24 lens for my summer travels and whether to spend $400 or so on it. This past weekend I was at Sequoia National Park. Amazing place aside, I almost exclusively shot with the 10-24, even in the crystal cave underground. All I can say is that the UWA of this lens is perfect fit for wide landscapes of the park. I'll post pictures in another thread as soon as I get them processed.

EDIT: Forgot to mention. Camera flash won't work optimally with this lens. The lens will cast a shadow in the lower center of the picture because it is so big.


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I am a recent owner of one as well and I love it! I like how you can walk up to the side of a cliff, go all the way wide, then have it all in there.
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My original K20D kit included DA10-17 fisheye (the lens that drove me to Pentax), FA50/1.4 for low light and action and DOF control, and DA18-250 for almost everything else. Those are still my most-used lenses. More recently I got the Tamron 10-24. It's now constantly in my minimal kit -- most of my 240 other lenses don't see so much use. I had carried the Zenitar 16/2.8 FE and Lentar-Tokina 21/3.8 and Paragon-Cimko 24/2.8 a lot, but the 10-24 has pretty much supplanted them. Depending on situations, I'll also maybe carry the Cosina-made Vivitar Series 1 19-35/3.5-4.5 and F35-70/3.5-4.5. With the Tamron and the 10-17, they make a formidable shorter kit.

In other words: Tamron 10-24 -- don't leave home without it!

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I am a recent owner of one as well and I love it! I like how you can walk up to the side of a cliff, go all the way wide, then have it all in there.
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In other words: Tamron 10-24 -- don't leave home without it!
Absolutely! It was really helpful in the cavern. Also the long 24 zoom helped in some situations too.

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QuoteOriginally posted by RioRico Quote
...F35-70/3.5-4.5. ... In other words: Tamron 10-24 -- don't leave home without it!
Bonjour,

This is one on my short wish list ... thanks to all for confirming how good it is.

And the F 35-70/3.5-4.5 sees a lot of action on my K-5 ... an "unsung hero" lens.

Salut, John le Frog
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Absolutely! It was really helpful in the cavern. Also the long 24 zoom helped in some situations too.
I find the 10-24 invaluable in tighter situations, from narrow interiors to narrow streets. A perfect lens for wandering around the Plaza in Santa Fe, NM, etc. But sometimes it's not quite enough, which is why the DA10-17 is in my bag too. It's great for caves and tunnels and rounded subjects where edge-straightness doesn't matter. At the Venetian Casino in Las Vegas, the 10-24 UWA was just right for strolling along the faux-canal, and the FE 10-17 was absolutely necessary for shooting the faux-Sistine Chapel ceiling.
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