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04-05-2014, 04:21 PM   #1
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I rediscovered my DA 12-24

the DA 12-24 was the first lens that I purchased after getting my Pentax camera....to be honest, with the hood on it is a big lens so I haven't used it much.
I considered selling it and replacing it with a DA 15 but now there's no way I'm giving this lens up!

Without the hood on it's really not that big so today I decided to take it out for a spin sans hood.
I paired it with my CCD sensor K200D....it produces photos that are super sharp and the colors are amazing!
I don't notice any difference without the hood in the situations that I was shooting in today.
Dare I say that it just might be one of the sharpest lenses that I own. I can honestly put it right up there with my FA 31 limited and my DA 35 Macro limited.

The only drawback is the size of the 77mm filters. I don't have any other lenses that use this size so I'm not likely to just buy filters for this lens right now.
Other than that, this lens is a gem.

I love it when I rediscover my lenses...

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You can't prove it to us without some pics!
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I have a 12-24 Pentax lens. I love it. I primarily use it to photograph vintage cars, motorcycles and trucks and it does an exceptional job. The clarity is remarkable...sometimes 3 D ish.

It was pricey up here in Canada....and I was able to get a significant discount. Worth every penny.
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Risking that front element without the hood...

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This lens is one of my favourite lens for travelling together with the FA31. The hood may be bulky but essential especially in bright areas with strong sunlight. I remembered I tried 2 identical shots last year, one with and the other w/o hood. Difference in contrast is obvious.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ex Finn. Quote
Risking that front element without the hood...
you are correct...I'm a SUPER careful person though....I recently sold a Nikon F2 camera that I purchased 40 years ago to KEH and the sales guy couldn't believe the condition that it was in...barely a scratch and I dragged it all over Europe one summer.
Here are the first couple of photos that I took with the 12-24 right after I purchased it....I'll post some current photos when I get a chance..
These are both uncropped.



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QuoteOriginally posted by peterjcb Quote
you are correct...I'm a SUPER careful person though....I recently sold a Nikon F2 camera that I purchased 40 years ago to KEH and the sales guy couldn't believe the condition that it was in...barely a scratch and I dragged it all over Europe one summer.
Here are the first couple of photos that I took with the 12-24 right after I purchased it....I'll post some current photos when I get a chance..
These are both uncropped.


That lens is very nice. I had the shade save one during a nasty fall.
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Peter , I have a Sigma 10-20 F3.5 here in my Dry Cabinet which I'd been shooting "seascapes" with for a while but I was never happy with the Corner sharpness of this Lens and started looking around for an alternative Lens , I purchased a DA12-24 from one of the Forum Members here and Have not used my Sigma 10-20 since.

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here's a couple of quick shots that I took late this afternoon...
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Japanese Red Maple tree



Bradford Pear Tree

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DA12-24 is one of my workhorse lenses. I never use filters and always use the hood. The hood has plenty of dings but the lens is good.










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I'm not clear why you removed the hood - it does not weigh much.
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I'm not clear why you removed the hood - it does not weigh much.
it's not that it weighs much...it's just big
I will use the hood if the situation calls for it to be on..... but I prefer to use it naked...
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