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06-17-2008, 11:45 AM   #1
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Best complement to DA40?

My teacher said: Get a wide zoom. Though I also want to hear what you guys have to say.

Out of these options, which would complement my DA40 better?


DA 12-24
Tamron 17-50
Sigma 18-50
Sigma 17-70

I would love a DA*16-50, but as I live outside 'pentax support range', I could not afford to get a decentered copy. (Front or backfocusing is fine as I have k20d)

The mentioned lenses also have decentering problems?

Is sigma 10-20 worth considering?

Or maybe the DA14 or DA21 primes?


I think I'm inclining to DA12-24, as a planned future roadmap might look like this:

12-24 + 50-135 = Zoom kit
DA*30/FA31 + VL58/DA*55 = fast primes
DA40 would cover the small gap.

I have a trip in the next month. Until now, there are times I wished I had a wider lens, as for tele I can live with cropping=tele

I really really want to shot weddings in the future, so a 12-24 would be a wise purchase for now and for the future?

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Which lens

I have heard many people say this before and so i am going to reiterate it. What's the point of buying a Pentax if you are not going to buy Pentax glass. That being said, if you have the money I would go with the Pentax glass over any other brand any day. I do not personally have the DA 12-24 but have heard very good things about it.
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from those options I'd go for 12-24
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As the owner of a DA 12-24mm I can honestly say that I like it very much. If you can borrow one, or look though one at a camera store, you'll see why. It has terrific field of view for use inside tight spaces or outside in areas where you just can't back up far enough to get everything in the frame you want.

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Of those you list, I have the DA21 Limited. If you are interested in a compact setup, that might be a way to go. It will have an approximate equivalent 31-32mm field-of-view on your digital. Not the widest you can get, but an excellent lens that takes outstanding images. Have never heard any 'complaints' about this lens.

You lose the versatility of a zoom lens, but the physical size is also a lot smaller. If the field-of-view is not wide enough, it is a simple matter to grab several overlapping snaps and use freeware to stitch them together (autostitch on a pc).

Buena suerte con tu decisión.
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16-50! 16-50! 16-50!
I decided to go for one, and i am very happy with it, even if it backfocuses on my K10..
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QuoteOriginally posted by ariahspam Quote
My teacher said: Get a wide zoom...

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Is sigma 10-20 worth considering?
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As owner of one I can honestly say:
DEFINITELY
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QuoteOriginally posted by jzamora Quote
I have heard many people say this before and so i am going to reiterate it. What's the point of buying a Pentax if you are not going to buy Pentax glass. That being said, if you have the money I would go with the Pentax glass over any other brand any day. I do not personally have the DA 12-24 but have heard very good things about it.
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Because the bodies are excellent regardless of the glass? Because Pentax quality control has been suffering lately (See the original poster's reason for being nervous about the DA* 16-50)? Because third-party lens design and quality control has vastly improved over the past decade or so? (See the rave reviews of the Sigma 17-70, for example. Also note the popularity of the Sigma and Tamron 70-300 lenses compared to the Pentax FA-J 75-300 - The Pentax variant just plain sucks and every review of it I've seen has been negative.)

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Go for the 12-24. The only downside is the cost of filters (77mm). I wouldn't trade my wife for one, but...
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As to the best complement to the DA40 would have to be the DA21.

They go hand in hand together.
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DA21/3.2 + DA40/2.8 + DA 70/2.4 the perfect trio, but i won't get it, as my current lens choice won't leave any room for my initial dream trio
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Thanks for the replies, though I'll still have to give it a second thought because the 12-24 is a bit expensive.

Have a nice day
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