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02-15-2013, 05:19 PM   #1
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One landscape lens only

I now have a sport lens (sigma 70 -200mm f2.8) and a *50 -135mm f2.8 for portraits and the odd wedding, and besides a bug lens I need only 1 really sharp landscape lens...I like the distortion effect for the odd people shot that happens a 15mm and under (hate fisheye)
I was thinking a siggy 10-20mm
Any thoughts or suggestions would be great... After a macro for this LBA has to end

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02-15-2013, 05:26 PM   #2
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The DA 15mm f/4 ASPH Limited is a good choice - it is very small people hardly notice it, so it is good for candid photography and it is well suited for landscape work. You could go for the Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5.-5.6 (lack of filters is a drawback with this lens though). Though bear in mind that just about any lens can be used for landscape photography it doesn't have to be a wide-angle, I have done landscape work with 1200mm lenses before.

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I will wholeheartedly vouch for the DA 15mm Limited. It is a very good lens and is very compact.
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The DA 12-24 f4 is a great landscape lens too. I know, the DA15 is amazing, but the 12-24mm range and rectilinear nature of this lens makes it very good through the whole FL range.

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If its your money, a DA 12-24 would be my first choice.

If its my money, a Sigma 10-20 would be my first choice. Not as good, but good enough for me and a whole lot cheaper.

The DA15 also has a lot of appeal, but again is a lot more money than the Sigma 10-20.
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QuoteOriginally posted by NZUnicorn Quote
The DA15 also has a lot of appeal, but again is a lot more money than the Sigma 10-20.
Don't get me wrong the Sigma 10-20 is a good choice and it takes filters, albeit large and expensive ones and like all UWA zoom lenses it still is a pretty big lens... the DA15mm f/4 on the other hand takes small, inexpensive 49mm filters:


DA15mm f/4 ASPH Limited compared to the Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 ASPH.

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QuoteOriginally posted by slip Quote
I need only 1 really sharp landscape lens...
The DA 15 is really sharp . . . in the center of the frame. However, it exhibits a pronounced curvature of field. If you like your landscape pictures sharp across the field you're better off with one of the zooms discussed above.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Digitalis Quote
The DA 15mm f/4 ASPH Limited is a good choice - it is very small people hardly notice it, so it is good for candid photography and it is well suited for landscape work. You could go for the Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5.-5.6 (lack of filters is a drawback with this lens though). Though bear in mind that just about any lens can be used for landscape photography it doesn't have to be a wide-angle, I have done landscape work with 1200mm lenses before.
Listen to Digitalis, he knows lenses as well as anyone. And I'll echo the comment about landscapes do not have to be shot with wide angle lenses, I would look at this as filling in your focal length gap under 50mm.

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I have never used the siggy or the da15, but I do like the 12-24. It is a really nice range.
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QuoteOriginally posted by johnyates Quote
The DA 15 is really sharp . . . in the center of the frame. However, it exhibits a pronounced curvature of field. If you like your landscape pictures sharp across the field you're better off with one of the zooms discussed above.
A good point however if you stop the DA15 down to f/11 and use hyperfocal focusing the field curvature isn't such a problem. The Sigma UWA zoom lenses typically require thin 82mm* Polariser filters and these are considerably more expensive than the regular 49mm filters you can use on the DA15.

*The Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 uses 82mm filters, the slower Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX uses 77mm filters - either way they need slim polariser frames to avoid vignetting at the 10mm setting. Also the flare tolerance of the DA15mm f/4 is nothing short of remarkable, Sigma lenses on the other hand do have issues with flare, especially the 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6.
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If I were getting just one lens for landscape, it would not be either the Sigma 10-20 or the DA 15. Those are more specialist landscape lenses. Unless you want to specialize in ultra wide angle landscape, you're better off getting a standard zoom, preferably one that starts at 16mm, like the DA 16-45 or DA* 16-50. I suspect that either of those lenses would be the best if you confine yourself to only one landscape lens. The DA 16-45 is sharp for a zoom lens and enjoys very good corner to corner resolution, with surprisingly minimal field curvature for a lens of its type. The DA* 16-50 features WR and has some better color rendering I've ever seen in a standard zoom. Only the SDM and all the other QC issues associated with the lens has prevented me from buying one.
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QuoteOriginally posted by northcoastgreg Quote
The DA 16-45 is sharp for a zoom lens and enjoys very good corner to corner resolution, with surprisingly minimal field curvature for a lens of its type.
this lens has been discontinued,the Pentax 17-70mm f/4 SDM lens is what has replaced it. Besides the Pentax 16-45mm f/4 ED ASPH I had years ago the image quality wasn't much of a step up from the DA18-55mm lens
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QuoteOriginally posted by Digitalis Quote
this lens has been discontinued,the Pentax 17-70mm f/4 SDM lens is what has replaced it
There are still new copies of the 16-45 available from B&H.

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Pentax 16-45mm f/4 ED ASPH I had years ago the image quality wasn't much of a step up from the DA18-55mm lens
The 16-45 may not be a great lens, but a good copy is significantly better than the 18-55.
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If size and weight are a concern then def the 15, but otherwise the 12-24 is one seriously amazing lens. Actually, it's not that big and heavy either. It has killer sharpness, great colors, and flare resistance. I sold mine only because I could buy a sig 10-20 AND da 55-300 for what I got for it. The sig is close enough in sharpness, but doesn't have that special something that the 12-24 has. If they ever do a WR version.....
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So, let me just toss this out there: Pentax 10-17?

It's my go-to landscape lens...I find that it is orders of magnitude sharper than my 14/2.8, at about the same size. Around 10mm, it's fisheye-y (it better be, given that it's sold as such) but from about 15ish mm it's almost rectilinear (and easy to compensate for any distortion in post-processing).

If I know I go for landscapes, the 10-17 and the 31ltd are what goes with me, and none of the others.
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