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10-24-2013, 04:34 AM   #1
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LIST: Fast wide-angles (14-28mm)

I'm making this list to help me (and anyone else) decide which wide angle lens to get. You can help me by telling me the lenses I missed and I will add them. However, keep in mind that this is a list for affordable lenses, not a list for $5000 lenses. The list is for normal wide-angle lenses with acceptable distortion, not necessarily 180'/fisheye lenses. There will be no 0.00001-8mm lenses here. 12mm is already pushing it.

Okay, I added some fisheye lenses too, if you want to skip over those just skip over the () lenses
**Z stands for Zoom
This list includes 28mm for the benefit of those who shoot on FF/35mm. It's a compromise between including APS-C wide-angle only and medium-wide FF like 35mm.

12-25mm

samyang/rikenon/vivitar 14mm f2.8 $300-$450
Sigma 14/2.8 aspherical $600 ($300-$500 used)
Pentax DA14/2.8 $670
Samyang 14/1.4 $600 (Sigma 14/3.5 Fisheye $140)
(Sigma 15/2.8 Diagonal Fisheye $600)
(Zenitar 16/2.8 Fisheye $200)
Samyang/Walimex[/url] 16/2.0 $350-500 ($600 new)
Zenitar 16mm fisheye, m42 or K mount (I meant to leave this out, but here it is)
Tokina 17/3.5 $200-$300
(Pentax SMC 17/4 Fisheye $300)
**Z Sigma 18-50/2.8 ($350)
**Z Tamron 17-50/2.8 ($350)
**Z Sigma 18-35/1.8 (at $800 it's a bit beyond the boundary of "cheap", but it's faster than many primes at this FL)
SMC Pentax-FA 20mm F2.8 $530
SMC Pentax-A 20mm/2.8 $430
Auto Promura 20/2.8 $30-$60 (it's hard to find anything other than "nice and cheap!" about this lens... including the lens itself.)
Pentax A 20mm f2.8 $500 (if you can find one)
Carl Zeiss Jena Flektogon 20mm f2.8 $500-$600 (Overpriced, overappreciated, soft, slow)
Samyang/Walimex 24mm/1.4 $700+ new (is this also the Vivitar/Bower 24/1.4?)
SMC Pentax-FA* 24mm F2 AL [IF] $500
Kiron/Vivitar 24/2 $65 (a bit soft WO/CA/flare) Pentax SMC-K 24mm f2.8 - $100-$200
Ensinor 24mm f2.8
Sigma 24/1.8 macro $500
Tamron Adaptall 24/2.5 $150
Carl Zeiss 25mm f2.8
Distagon ZK $700 to $1400 (discontinued and if you can find them)

28mm, not wide angle on APS-C (44.5mm). <b>Wide-angle on FF.

Petri 28/2 $50-100
Pentax K 28/2
SMC Pentax-M 28/2 $275
Tamron adaptall 28/2.5 $50-$75
Pentax K 28/2 $500 Pentax K 28mm f2.8 $500 (if you can find one)
Super Paragon 28/2.8 $50
Petri 28/2.8 $40-$50
Petri 28/2
$135 Contax Zeiss 28mm f2.8 Distagon about $350 varies (Mount Conversion Required)
Leica Elmarit-R 28mm f2.8 about $450 varies (Mount Conversion Required)
(Too many 28/2.8s to list...)


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There's also a bower/vivitar/etc. 24mm F1.4 that recently came out.

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There are countless cheap old 28mm f2.8: Tokina, Sigma, Tamron, Vivitar, Sears, Cosmicar, Albinar, Chinon, Makinon, etc.--some of which have the "A" setting.
Also: Vivitar/Kiron 24mm f2, Tokina 24mm f2.8...


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Tamron Adaptall 24/2.5.
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Um...how about

Pentax DA14 f2.8
Pentax DA15limited f4
Pentax DA21limited f3.2
10-24-2013, 06:56 AM   #7
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QuoteOriginally posted by blackcloudbrew Quote
Um...how about

Pentax DA14 f2.8
Pentax DA15limited f4
Pentax DA21limited f3.2
The OP is looking for fast lenses, so I think only the DA 14 apply. What I dont get is why the Tak 17mm is on the list though as it's as its a rather slow lens and you pay premium for cool and size, not for optical performance. My addition:

Sigma 18-50/2.8 ($350)
Tamron 17-50/2.8 ($350)
Sigma 18-35/1.8 (at $800 it's a bit beyond the boundary of "cheap", but it's faster than many primes at this FL)

If f/4 is considered fast then the DA 10-17 ($375) should be on the list as well.

I disagree that 28mm is wide angle on APSC. It's more of a normal.

Also modern UWA like the Sigma 8-16mm or 10-20mm is actually very respectable in distortion, certainly much more usable than the fisheye lenses on the list. (Yes, I know they're not fast)
http://www.photozone.de/canon-eos/515-sigma816f4556apsc?start=1

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samyang 16.

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Some Zeiss ZK lenses, like the 25/2.8, are occasionally available for around the price you quote for the Sigma 15mm fisheye.
Even less for older converted Zeiss Contax wide-angles, like the 28/2.8.
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Carl Zeiss 25mm f2.8 Distagon ZK $700 to $1400 (discontinued and if you can find them)
Contax Zeiss 28mm f2.8 Distagon about $350 varies (Mount Conversion Required)
Leica Elmarit-R 28mm f2.8 about $450 varies (Mount Conversion Required)
Pentax A 20mm f2.8 $500 (if you can find one)
Pentax K 28mm f2.8 $500 (if you can find one)
Contax Zeiss 21mm f2.8 Distagon about $1500 varies (Mount Conversion Required)
Contax Zeiss 18mm f2.8 Distagon about $1500 varies (Mount Conversion Required)


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@interested_observer, please stop reading my mind!
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Tamron SP 17mm f3.5 (Adaptall2 to PK)
so called 51B
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Tamron SP Adaptall-2 17mm F/3.5 Model 51B
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For what it is and what it does, the Sigma 10-20 f3.5 is definitely fast (for a zoom of that range). I'm not sure if I can think of a comparable, faster zoom in the UWA range off the top of my head (tough I'm sure I'm forgetting something).
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QuoteOriginally posted by Sagitta Quote
For what it is and what it does, the Sigma 10-20 f3.5 is definitely fast (for a zoom of that range). I'm not sure if I can think of a comparable, faster zoom in the UWA range off the top of my head (tough I'm sure I'm forgetting something).
Tokina 11-16, but's not available in Pentax flavor.
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Except 28mm is not wide on APS-C and f/2.8 is not particularly fast. As noted above, there are literally thousands of lenses that fit in the range 28mm and shorter and f/2.8 and faster. The list gets much, much smaller if you start at 24mm and f/2 (truly wide and fast).


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