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03-16-2014, 10:11 AM   #1
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Please help me decide which to get WIDE ANGLE LENS

Hello guys. I have a Pentax K30 and im planning to bring it with me next month to a vacation. I'll shoot some landscape for the first time. Though i have already my DAL 18-55, I am also planning to buy a wide angle lens.
Trust me guys i read most of the reviews and i would like to hear further from the forumers. BTW, ill be doing long exposures for the first time

1. Sigma 10-20 f4 ( I cant afford the f2)
2. Tamron 10-24
3. Tamron 17-50
4. Samyang 16mm ( 14mm doesnt have filter thread)
5. DA 35/2.4 AL
6. Samyang 35/1.4

Please help guys..

03-16-2014, 10:29 AM   #2
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Three days ago I received a Sigma 17-50mm f2.8 EX DC HSM. Amazing lens--PF reviewers confirm my opinion:
https://www.pentaxforums.com/userreviews/sigma-17-50mm-f2-8-ex-dc-os-hsm-no-stabilizer.html

It cost me $380 new (from a Japanese ebay seller). Better than the Tamron 17-50, IMO. Can't recommend it enough.

This being said, UWA lenses (10-24mm) are a very different kind of animals.

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03-16-2014, 10:34 AM   #3
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Focal length-wise, the only lenses listed that offer something different, are the 10-20, the 10-24, and the 16mm.
The two 35's aren't wide-angle on the K-30.
If you are after a high-grade replacement for the 18-55, then get the Tamron 17-50.
Primes will usually offer better speed and better IQ, but can be limiting.
Either the 10-20 or 10-24 will add a much wider angle to your kit, but IMHO, ultra wides are very tricky to use, and wider isn't necessarily better for landscapes.

My favorite all-purpose landscape kit is the 16-45 + 35-105.
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As said, the DA35 is not a wide angle lens in any sense. Look at the DA15 or the DA21.

I tried out a Tamron 10-24 at a store. At the short end, it has a very strange effect on photos. I don't have the photos I took with it anymore, but you may be surprised at how images will come out. You may not like the result. They've got a very surreal, deep feeling to them. Such a wide angle has a particular type of distortion inherent in the lens, and you need to navigate that carefully to get images that don't look like they came out of a funhouse mirror. If you're just looking to capture more landscape (reconsider that, though) or need the super wide angle because you shoot indoors and have no room to backup, it may not be the lens for you.

My experience with landscapes is that 20-35mm is about right, with most images taken in the 24-28mm range.

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I have the Sigma 10-20 and the DA 35 DA L. I've had good success with the 10-20 for landscapes. I rarely use my 35 for landscapes as I tend to prefer the wider angles, but it is a sharper lens and much smaller and lighter, as well as faster. I use the full range of the 10-20. I used the lens ratings and owner feedback found on the lens database pages to guide my choice. I'd recommend checking out some of the reviews to help you in your choice. As stated previously, only the 10-20 and 10-24 will give you wider views. I'd certainly recommend the 10-20 for someone seeking these focal lengths.

PS now I see you have already looked at the reviews. Good source of much feedback.
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Personally I would recommend the DA 15 Limited. It doesn't have any distortion, it renders beautifully, it's resistant to flare, and it gives those perfect starbursts!
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QuoteOriginally posted by rp_dxn Quote
Hello guys. I have a Pentax K30 and im planning to bring it with me next month to a vacation. I'll shoot some landscape for the first time. Though i have already my DAL 18-55, I am also planning to buy a wide angle lens.
Trust me guys i read most of the reviews and i would like to hear further from the forumers. BTW, ill be doing long exposures for the first time

1. Sigma 10-20 f4 ( I cant afford the f2)
2. Tamron 10-24
3. Tamron 17-50
4. Samyang 16mm ( 14mm doesnt have filter thread)
5. DA 35/2.4 AL
6. Samyang 35/1.4

Please help guys..
Buy the 15 Ltd. it is a magical landscape lens touched with pixie dust and can shoot directly into the sun, producing nice starbursts with visible foreground subjects. Not bad. You get magic for the cost of one round trip air ticket from Cold, Minnesota to Hot, Georgia.
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QuoteOriginally posted by rp_dxn Quote
Hello guys. I have a Pentax K30 and im planning to bring it with me next month to a vacation. I'll shoot some landscape for the first time. Though i have already my DAL 18-55, I am also planning to buy a wide angle lens.
Trust me guys i read most of the reviews and i would like to hear further from the forumers. BTW, ill be doing long exposures for the first time

1. Sigma 10-20 f4 ( I cant afford the f2)
2. Tamron 10-24
3. Tamron 17-50
4. Samyang 16mm ( 14mm doesnt have filter thread)
5. DA 35/2.4 AL
6. Samyang 35/1.4

Please help guys..
Get the Sigma 10-20! I have it and also the Limited 15mm prime. Both are fantastic but I prefer the versatility of the Sigma zoom and also the wider angle--down at 10mm you can get some really dramatic shots! That's where all the fun is. Still really nice to be able to zoom to 20 without changing lenses.

The only reason to get the 15mm Limited over the Sigma is if size and weight is an issue, but since you already have the DAL 18-55, I'm guessing you're ok with chunky zooms.

Here's an example of what you can do with the Sigma 10-20mm:
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/attachments/10-pentax-slr-lens-discussion...ey-lr-2692.jpg
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/attachments/10-pentax-slr-lens-discussion...ey-lr-2724.jpg

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if you can swing it, get the DA 12-24...sharp as a tack and very versitle albeit a big lens.
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Thank you so much guys!

Im surprised nobody recommended the samyang 16 hehe

REgarding 15ltd, as much as i want it, but cant really afford it...
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