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05-08-2013, 01:58 PM   #1
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Which lens to buy?

I would really appreciate some help on which type of lens to buy! I'm torn between fish-eye or wide angle. I mostly shoot at car meets (indoor and outdoor), highways doing rolling shots of the car(s) but would also like to be able to use it for landscape shots of nature (where the wide angle gets the advantage.)

Also is 28mm wide enough if i was to get the wide angle? And whats a good cheap macro lens? (AF not necessary.)

Camera being used is a K-x
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QuoteOriginally posted by nenoo Quote
Also is 28mm wide enough if i was to get the wide angle?

Camera being used is a K-x
Welcome to the forum.

28mm is usually considered to be a standard focal length, not wide,
on APS-C sensors like the one in the K-x.
For "wide," 25mm or shorter.

Do you have the 18-55mm kit lens from the K-x?
If so, is 18mm wide enough for what you're after?
Also, that does quite a good 1:3 "macro".
Otherwise, you can find good cheap M-series macros,
like the M 50/4 or M 100/4.
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+1 for the M 100 f/4 macro or any of the Pentax 100mm macros for that matter. Tamron 90mm f/2.8 also gets good marks.

For cars I understand wider is better, especially if you need to be close like at car shows. Maybe one of the Sigma 10-20's or the Pentax 12-24. I don't think fish eye would work on cars but then I don't like FE anyway.

28mm is not very wide on APS-C though it is a good focal length that I use a lot, but as noted above more of a 'normal' length on your camera.
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QuoteOriginally posted by lytrytyr Quote
Welcome to the forum.

28mm is usually considered to be a standard focal length, not wide,
on APS-C sensors like the one in the K-x.
For "wide," 25mm or shorter.

Do you have the 18-55mm kit lens from the K-x?
If so, is 18mm wide enough for what you're after?
Also, that does quite a good 1:3 "macro".
Otherwise, you can find good cheap M-series macros,
like the M 50/4 or M 100/4.
Thank you!

Ahh I see, I ask because I found a Tamron 28-80mm being advertised as wide angle and was not sure myself.

And I do, but i left it at my aunt's house in Chicago and it won't be arriving till the 25th lol.

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For wide angle on APS-C you want <16mm. The Sigma and Pentax lenses mentioned are fine, there is also the Tamron 10-24 which is wider than the Pentax and longer than the Sigma. It isn't silent focusing but its darn sharp.

DA 12-24mm vs Sigma and Tamron 10-24mm Comparison - Introduction - PentaxForums.com
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I can vouch for the Tamron. Its pretty nice, and so is the Sigma 8-16. You don't want fisheye for cars and landscapes, at least in my opinion and how I shoot.
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QuoteOriginally posted by VoiceOfReason Quote
I can vouch for the Tamron. Its pretty nice, and so is the Sigma 8-16. You don't want fisheye for cars and landscapes, at least in my opinion and how I shoot.
Always forget that 8-16 from Sigma - talk about wide. There's also the Pentax 10-17 that goes from Fisheye at the extreme 10 to relatively rectilinear at 17mm.
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Yeah, the 8-16 is crazy wide. I love it! It also pairs well with a 17-50. A 17-50 might be one for the OP to consider as well. It has wide and normal.

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QuoteOriginally posted by VoiceOfReason Quote
Yeah, the 8-16 is crazy wide. I love it! It also pairs well with a 17-50. A 17-50 might be one for the OP to consider as well. It has wide and normal.
I don't have the 8-16 but do have a Samyang 8mm FE and the Pentax 15mm Limited. The Tamron 10-24 was my first new lens purchase after I got the K-x kit and I have kept it because its VERY versatile and pretty darn sharp.
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The only reason I have mine for sale is because I bought the 8-16. I am thinking of withdrawing the listing though since it works on my film pentax with no vignetting after 13mm or so, and I have a K-01 that it works on too.

OP: if you are happy with th 18-55 kit lens for now I would recommend any of the UWA lenses in this thread, though if you want a bit better then a Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 is an awesome lens, cheap used too. Of course the kit lens got me some stuff used in a small magazine. Either way, any of those are wider than the one you said you saw an ad for.
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QuoteOriginally posted by VoiceOfReason Quote
The only reason I have mine for sale is because I bought the 8-16. I am thinking of withdrawing the listing though since it works on my film pentax with no vignetting after 13mm or so, and I have a K-01 that it works on too.

OP: if you are happy with th 18-55 kit lens for now I would recommend any of the UWA lenses in this thread, though if you want a bit better then a Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 is an awesome lens, cheap used too. Of course the kit lens got me some stuff used in a small magazine. Either way, any of those are wider than the one you said you saw an ad for.
Good advice.
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Thank you to all! I'm currently looking at all the suggestions but I'm leaning towards the Tamron 17-50.
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The sigma 10 -20mm is a reasonable choice for a decent price. Plenty wide enough.
As far as macro, an older tamron 90mm f2.5 macro 52b can be found for around $200
If you want fish eye effects I am sure there must be a photoshop filter for it somewhere

Good luck with your decision

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