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06-27-2008, 06:11 AM   #16
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I sold my Sigma 10-20mm (Pentax mount) to fund the purchase of a

Sigma 10-20mm in Canon mount

It is a GREAT (and fun) lens...

QuoteOriginally posted by axl Quote
100% right, why would anybody want to part with that lens? I certainly won't be gettin rid of mine for a while...

Second to that, stick with kit for a while, and later when you'll have bigger budget get ultra wide angle if you'll still be after one...

Ditto pretty much everyone, anything wider than the kit lens is going to cost ALOT more than your budget (except the manual focus Zenitar)

06-27-2008, 10:36 AM   #17
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QuoteOriginally posted by egordon99 Quote
except the manual focus Zenitar
or the 17mm vivitar.
06-27-2008, 11:26 AM   #18
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QuoteOriginally posted by FckShoes Quote
I'm in the market for a wide angle lens for my k100d super, looking for the best "bang for your buck" lens available. Any recommendations?
If you are not looking for the widest and 18/19mm satisfy you, the best bang for the buck is the simple Pentax DA 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 kit's lens. And I replaced my kit's lens (first version) with Tokina 19-35 f/3.5-4.5. The price on the Tokina lens varies widely, but I see something around 90 to 150 in ebay, sometime less, and I bought mine used around $100 and I later spend another $20 bucks to get the original lens hood. The lens is plastic but well built and IQ at wide angle is very reasonable. And it serves my wide angle needs with better IQ, sharpness and great color as compared to my kit's lens. Some samples

And if you are adventurous into the cheapest, you can get manual prime in 20, 24, 28mm with fast speed in f/2.8 in $50 to $100 range. My best $5 lens is a Vivitar 24mm f/2.8 with 'A'. When I shop for budget prime, I target for those manual primes with 'A' setting and trade the convenience of AF to more affordable price and it will do one thing good to my learning -- force me to learn manual focusing.

Vivitar 24mm f/2.8 with 'A'


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06-27-2008, 06:32 PM   #19
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Hin is right about the Tamron 19-35. Great value and very good performance. If you get one, be sure to get the hood. It needs it...

06-27-2008, 06:45 PM   #20
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Why don' t you consider Pentax FA-J 18-35?
I think it's a budget wide angle too. The good thing about this is no lens vignetting on the wide end like the 18-55 kit lens.
FA-J 18-35 is designed for full frame so it hits its best spot when used on APS-C sensor.
Very light and pretty sharp.
I have one and pretty happy with it so far.

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