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05-22-2008, 07:49 PM   #1
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need advice...

I am have no wide angle lens. widest one i have is the FA35.
i need some advice on whether to get the 12-24 or the 16-50?
i heard that the 16-50 comes close to the 16-45 IQ-wise.
which would be a better bang for the buck?
cheers!

05-22-2008, 08:56 PM   #2
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while the 16-50 will definately be wider than your FA35, if you're looking for real wide angle, get the 12-24. There is a significant difference between 12mm and 16mm.
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I love my 12-24. It's one of my most used lenses, in fact.
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The Sigma 10-20mm also gets very good reviews and Tamron is working on a 10-24mm (release date unknown).

05-23-2008, 12:21 AM   #5
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@claw, how about the DA14.. also thinking of a prime instead of a zoom

@wheatfield, i actually am renting one to try it out for a week.

@ty, a bit hesitant coz of the upcoming 11-17..
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Depends how wide do you want to go. 12-24 should be great lens and since you have FA35 it would leave you with gap, but then it offers much wider angle then 16-50. I'd go for the 12-24...
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I love my DA14- it's built like a tank and is relatively distortion-free. Like all super-wides, it does get soft in the corners. At f/2.8 there may be some vignetting, but the additional stop of light can be useful and I don't really notice the vignetting in any of my prints. However, there are times that I wish I could go wider, and that's where the 12-24 comes into play.
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I would go with the 12-24 Pentax. Incredible lens for the money. I have used it quite often to get me out of a tight spot. Sharp from wide open to f 16.

Ben

PS the 16-45 is so close to the 16-50 that it would be difficult to see the difference even blown up to A3+ format.

05-23-2008, 05:58 PM   #9
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all roads point to the 12-24.. thanks guys!
ill just get the 14 as an additional then.
my LBA is again on its rise... prime-al route this time.. :LOL:
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@ben, i am only considering the 16-50 for its weather-sealing. since it would definitely allow me to as close as i want to be to break water..
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