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05-26-2013, 10:04 AM   #1
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Pentax 12-24mm & 50mm vs 17-70mm

Dear All,

I am new to this forum and I have seen many great discussion and feedback here. There are so much info and learning for me ! I hope to be able to contribute to this forum some day.

I need a replacement for my standard kit lens. I have a Pentax 100 Macro f2.8 and would like to add another lens for landscape and perhaps (later) for portrait.

I have read that Pentax 12-24mm and Pentax 40mm /50 mm are very good lens to buy. Does anyone have 17-70mm? should I have Pentax 12-24mm and Pentax 40 /50mm instead of 17-70mm for good quality as well as lightness ?

Also, the price of Pentax varies from US$695 (in this Pentax forum) to US$899 (pentax webstore), where is a good source with a good price for this lens in Europe or US ?

05-26-2013, 10:47 AM   #2
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QuoteOriginally posted by Learner Quote
Dear All,

I am new to this forum and I have seen many great discussion and feedback here. There are so much info and learning for me ! I hope to be able to contribute to this forum some day.

I need a replacement for my standard kit lens. I have a Pentax 100 Macro f2.8 and would like to add another lens for landscape and perhaps (later) for portrait.

I have read that Pentax 12-24mm and Pentax 40mm /50 mm are very good lens to buy. Does anyone have 17-70mm? should I have Pentax 12-24mm and Pentax 40 /50mm instead of 17-70mm for good quality as well as lightness ?

Also, the price of Pentax varies from US$695 (in this Pentax forum) to US$899 (pentax webstore), where is a good source with a good price for this lens in Europe or US ?
Pentax USA recently increased the price of the 12-24mm from $729 to $899, which makes it overpriced IMO. It is a fantastic lens, but I'd recommend looking at the alternatives that are out there:

DA 12-24mm vs Sigma and Tamron 10-24mm Comparison - Introduction - PentaxForums.com (the sigma is discontinued, unfortunately, but perhaps you can still find it somewhere)

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I use all three, they are completely different lenses because they have a completely different application, DA17-70 is walking down the street super useful, F50/1,7 AF for portraits, where light is missing, DA 12-24 is great for landscapes and architecture-where there is no place
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The 12-24 is a very handy range with excellent IQ - but it is not light. The 17-70 is handy if you just want to go out with one lens.

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QuoteOriginally posted by mbukal Quote
I use all three, they are completely different lenses because they have a completely different application, DA17-70 is walking down the street super useful, 50/1, 7 AF for portraits and where missing the world ,DA12-24 is great for landscapes and architecture-where there is no place
I would absolutely agree. The Tokina 12-24 is essentially the same lens (Tokina and Pentax co-designed it, and Tokina does not sell in the K mount) goes for $450-$500. Pentax had it new at $700 for years, however $900 is just not realistic. Tokina has the 11-6/f2.8 (an updated version of the 12-24) for $600 to $700. I have no idea as to what Pentax is thinking (or not thinking).

Pentax has also done the same with the 16-50, 50-135 along with the 10-17FE (all of which were co-designed with Tokina). Someone at Pentax does not understand fundamental marketing and pricing.

I would suggest waiting for a sale, if you want some specific Pentax lenses.

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The best bet for the 12-24 is used either here in the forums or locally thru kijiji or Craigslist. I found one for $460 locally about a year ago and it's been a very useful lens. I sold my Tammy 17-50 to buy another lens but have thought about replacing it when the time comes with the 17-70 for the extra reach when outdoors. Good luck.

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