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06-28-2012, 09:24 AM   #16
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The reviews I've seen said it was generally not quite as good as the Sigma, particularly edge sharpness in the examples I saw was very bad... am I missing something?

Maybe I should buy a fisheye!
In my experience I've not ran into any sharpness issues unless wide open, but stopped down just a small bit takes care of that. It does have some edge distortion, especially at the wide end, but again, that's to be expected.

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My recommendation is based upon my experience in San Fran and in the grand canyon and surrounding area.

For cities, I find the kit lens too long, and would definitely go for a wider lens, the sigma 10-20 F4-5.6 is what I have. This also lets you get creative with some landscape shots, however, once out in the open, you will more than likely favor a longer lens.
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Thanks all, some great thoughts so far.

So you'll be pleased to know I've bought a Tamron from TopQuark on these very forums, which has saved me a few $$$. Therefore I continue to consider my UWA options, prior to my USA trip later this year.

One lens I hadn't considered before is the Sigma 8-16mm - just investigating now how that stacks up.
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Hi All,

Just FYI I've just laid down the cash on a Sigma 8-16mm, having checked the reviews the performance outstrips the 10-20mm

Got a good deal on it to, 399!

Now I just need Pentax to get some K-30s into stock!

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You'll be really happy you have the wide angle in the American West. Congrats on the purchase and have a great trip!
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Good choice. remember to cover the lens whenever you move aboutwhile not shooting. The front element is quite bulbous.

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