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02-03-2008, 07:17 PM   #16
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Thanks to the replies for my question on wide end zoom. I am likely to go with Sigma 10-20 or Pentax 10-17 or both. But the recent release of Tamron 10-24 may prompt me to wait a little longer. While both Pentax and Sigma 12-24 both attract me, especially the Sigma that are compatible to both film and digital, I find over 600 is too much for me and hence more preference to Sigma 10-20 or Pentax 10-17. My guess is that the Tamron 10-24 is as expensive as the Pentax 12-24 but I expect it to be a great item to have.

I have some looking into both Sigma 10-20 and Pentax 10-17. Sigma seems more popular for landscape and outdoor shooting without the fisheye effect while the Pentax seems more specific for architecture and artistic shot with fish eye effect in the wider end. The fisheye effect is not as prominent in 17mm and perhaps 16mm, and I have seen some very outstanding shots from Pentax 10-17 and hence the constant lurking for information. And I can't tell if those outstanding shots have gone through software alternation, that would be a pain to do. When combined with 14mm, it is a great fit, I think. Since I have the Tokina 19-35 that I like, I can go either way with Sigma 10-20 or Pentax 10-17 to fill in the wider end. As Lowell have stated, it really boils down to if I mind fishey effect in pictures. I am still looking into that as I do and I don't depending on the shots. I think I see why people have both two wider zooms in different combinations as there is not a perfect one that fits all uses which includes the occasional artistic shot that one may desire with creativity.

Thanks a bunch,

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02-07-2008, 06:03 PM   #17
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If you want to go really wide, try one of the .22 Opteka adapters. I got mine from eBay for about $31USD. Still experimenting, here's an example. It will screw right onto your existing kit lens
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One lens I'm thinking (seriously) about getting is the Sigma 17-35/2.8-4. Cameta Camera via Amazon has an excellent deal on it. Most places that still have it are selling it for around $499, but Cameta has it for $169.95. Sigma 17-35mm f/2.8-4 EX DG IF Aspherical Super Wide Angle Zoom Lens for Pentax and Samsung SLR Cameras: Electronics

PopPhoto gives it high marks:
Lens Test: Sigma 1735mm f/2.84 EX DG AF - - PopPhotoJune 2007

For the price, you can't beat it with a stick.

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