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02-27-2013, 02:52 PM   #1
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What would you do?

I've run out of room in my camera bag and I see a gap in my lenses,

I have the DA15, FA28, FA35 and F50, but would really like to cover the 16-27 range.
the FA20 interests me, but at 600-700 is not only tough to find, but is pushing my budget
the DA21 isn't full frame and has had mixed reviews
the FA20-35 is more budget friendly, but tough to find and again mixed reviews
I've even contemplated the Sigma 17-50 and selling my 28 and 35 to offset the cost, but they are so light and crisp, I'm trying not to part with them and the Sigma is cropped sensor only
I have the Sigma 12-24, but I can't use ND filters with it, otherwise this thread would not exist

Or maybe the gap from 16-27 is more psychological than logistical?
Main uses are landscapes, with emphasis on waterfalls, thus the need for filters

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DA 21 is a good lens. I would go for it (I have the DA15, DA21, FA 31 and FA43 and some longer lenses...)
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I think I would hold out for the FA20 until you can afford it, until then walk around a bit more with what you have.
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I would get the 21, it is light and performs very well. It is one of five Limiteds that I have and is used a lot. IQ is great over 5.6 and acceptable at 3.2 for most subjects.

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Unless you need it for 35mm, skip the FA20 and go for the DA21. You can always pick up an FA20 in 2038 when Pentax finally releases a 24x36 DSLR.
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QuoteOriginally posted by goubejp Quote
DA 21 is a good lens. I would go for it (I have the DA15, DA21, FA 31 and FA43 and some longer lenses...)
Which one is your favorite lens, AND which one do you use the most?
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Figure out what focal length you like to use you Sigma 12-24 at, since it fits right in that range. Then, from there, you can figure out which prime will fit your wants/needs.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Finn Quote
2038 when Pentax finally releases a 24x36 DSLR
Is this you with inside information?

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15/28 < 2. I would buy a few bottles of nice scotch and be prepared to walk a few feet to get the framing I want .
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QuoteOriginally posted by russell2pi Quote
I would buy a few bottles of nice scotch and be prepared to walk a few feet to get the framing I want
Is this you trying to be a fellow Scotsman, well your defiantly on the right lines.

QuoteOriginally posted by kerrowdown Quote
until then walk around a bit more with what you have
This is what I was trying to suggest with my post, you just put it in with better words than me.
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QuoteOriginally posted by kerrowdown Quote
Is this you trying to be a fellow Scotsman, well your defiantly on the right lines.

This is what I was trying to suggest with my post, you just put it in with better words than me.
Sadly, I'm no Scot... our approximation in Australia is a vulgar as it comes - Bundaberg Rum!
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The DA21 seems like an obvious choice in your situation.I would not hesitate.
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I would imagine voigtlander 20/3.5 would work as well. It is priced similar to DA21 and you get full frame comparability. It's an A lens but you get better manual focus.
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QuoteOriginally posted by nomadkng Quote
I've run out of room in my camera bag and I see a gap in my lenses,

I have the DA15, FA28, FA35 and F50, but would really like to cover the 16-27 range.
the FA20 interests me, but at 600-700 is not only tough to find, but is pushing my budget
the DA21 isn't full frame and has had mixed reviews
the FA20-35 is more budget friendly, but tough to find and again mixed reviews
I've even contemplated the Sigma 17-50 and selling my 28 and 35 to offset the cost, but they are so light and crisp, I'm trying not to part with them and the Sigma is cropped sensor only
I have the Sigma 12-24, but I can't use ND filters with it, otherwise this thread would not exist

Or maybe the gap from 16-27 is more psychological than logistical?
Main uses are landscapes, with emphasis on waterfalls, thus the need for filters
I personally would go with the FA 20-35. I have had excellent results with it. As far as I'm concerned the only drawback to the lens is F4.0 which is somewhat on the slow side. For samples check out my single-in-october album FA20-35
I can use ND filters with the pentax 12-24, why is that not possible with the sigma? I can't stack more than 2 without vignetting but I just use strong ND's

NaCl(I love my FA 20-35 )H2O
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If you're willing to spend a lot of $$$$ you could get a Zeiss 25mm f/2.8. Manual focus but I imagine it would be amazing for landscapes.
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