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07-12-2008, 11:09 AM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by jsherman999 Quote
I've considered it, and I'm probably still considering it, but I have the DA* 16-50,
and the difference in widths between 14mm & 16mm is just not quite enough to justify.
I had the 16-50 and I returned it to get the da 14mm. I'd agree the difference really is negligible, especially when the 12-24 is available.

A shot from my 14mm just to give you information overload.





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my only complaint is the diameter of the lens and hood... nitpicks for sure; for a lens
of this quality, I'll make room in my bag for it.
i agree the hood is large, and it does take the big 77mm filters but, it doesn't seem like a true 77mm size lens to me.
it's only the front half inch that's the full 84mm/3.3" diameter. the body of the lens is actually much smaller. the DA* 16-50 on
the other hand is 84mm the whole way. it's much fatter in the pictures. the sigma 10-20 looks to be a cross b/w the
other two, closer to the style of the 16-50. and anyway, the big front element is what makes it look so pro

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07-12-2008, 12:05 PM   #18
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Some various 12-24mm shots of mine...

Dusk over the Serengeti... scene lasted only minutes, @12mm:

(this one's lost some of the frame, due to cropping from rotating to level it)

Rain storm over Kenya viewed from Tanzania @ 12mm:


Experimenting with reflections... @ 12mm:



Night shots ... @ 12mm, some frame lost from 5x7 cropping & some rotation:


@24mm, some cropping:

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I am selling my 12-24. If anybody is interested, i posted it in the marketplace... Here is my shot with this lens and the k100. my copy is sharp and near perfect, the flare was a prob though, but i read that all wide zooms have flare probs. its inherent in the lens designs of all wides.

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I lust after this lens (way over my current lens budget ) and all these great images ARE NOT HELPING!!
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Arrr... this is driving me nuts~ must fight LBA!
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One of my favorite lenses. Here's one taken on Thursday.



Here is a link to the LBA thread I posted on it when I first got it this winter.
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/post-your-photos/19438-lba-pentax-da-12-24mm-f4-0-a.html
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Arrived!

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Mine just arrived, and only had time for a few test shots. This lens simply rocks.

These were taken from exactly the same location, at 12mm then at 24mm to show up-close aspect ratios for each FL:

24mm:


12mm:


24mm:


12mm:


Flowers above @12mm:


Flowers below @12mm - they look like trees!


1st 3 wide open (f/4) & no PP.


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Couple with my 12-24.. JIMBO

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Oops, the last one was from my 28-75 Tamron. One more

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I can't wait to get this lens, but I'm keeping my hands off the plastic. I have a tad over $250 in savings for it right now. I just sold a bag which will add $55 to the total. My birthday is coming up towards the end of the month and I usually get $200 in cash, plus I've informed my dad that gifts of cash or Adorama gift cards are always welcome.

I'm hoping to have mine by the end of August at the latest. :P

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QuoteOriginally posted by hwblanks Quote
I can't wait to get this lens, but I'm keeping my hands off the plastic. I have a tad over $250 in savings for it right now. I just sold a bag which will add $55 to the total. My birthday is coming up towards the end of the month and I usually get $200 in cash, plus I've informed my dad that gifts of cash or Adorama gift cards are always welcome.

I'm hoping to have mine by the end of August at the latest. :P

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You will love this lens, Heather. To the OP and others: check out the Elk River shots on my Flickr site to see the good, and one a little bit bad from this lens. It does not like to have the sun in the picture.
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I see what you mean.. a little sun spot and flare in the one shot. I few are awesome though. I just started using this lens and I see a lot of opportunity in the future with this one... cheers JIMBO
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I see what you mean.. a little sun spot and flare in the one shot. I few are awesome though. I just started using this lens and I see a lot of opportunity in the future with this one... cheers JIMBO
Thanks, Jimbo. I've taken the advice I give others on photo courses, and am deliberately going out with only one lens from time to time. That series with the 12-24 came from one of those, on a walk with my wife. I am far from disappointed with the results.

I tried using it alone again recently, but it was not a good choice for a historic site - the long end was too short. This was at the Bar U Ranch in Alberta. If you want to see some shots, I used the 16-50 one day, and the 12-24 the next. I can load them up so others can see them.
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Here are some shots taken today with the DA 12-24.

I've always kinda considered this a 'wide-angle' specialty lens, but it's apparent
to me after using it for about an hour today that it could be a general walkabout/portrait
lens also - if you have doubts about the 16-50, consider getting this as an alternative!

I'm really, really loving this lens. I've been getting used to the sharpness/bokeh
of my primes lately, but top quality zooms like this are a joy also.


1) Works well as a portrait lens (@ 24mm)


2) But wide-angle is what you get it for (@ 12mm)


3) Watching the duckies (12mm)


4) I just really get a kick out of the low-angle flower shots (12mm)


5) Flowers above (12mm)


6) Flowers from below (12mm)


7) 12mm


8) 12mm


9) 12mm


10) 12mm


11) 12mm


12) 12mm


13) 12mm


14) 12mm
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