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08-05-2008, 10:16 PM   #1
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I got a DA12-24 f4

I had been asking for advice over at the "other forum" about the merits of the DA12-24. I already have the DA14 but desired to have a more versatile lens, especially when it comes to tour time. Matched with the DA*16-50 and the DA*50-135, this would make for a great travel kit with a nice overlap at the wide end between 16 and 24mm.

After a short walk yesterday afternoon and a few photos, all I can say is that this is one heck of a lens. Much better image wise than I anticipated and a very convenient zoom range. The colour rendition is excellent, it is super sharp and the bokeh can be pleasing in most situations.

The only draw back? My Cokin P series wide angle adaptor vignets ever so slightly at the 12mm end. Having said that, the ND grads mated to this zoom make some real good photos.

I will add that the following photos were taken in some very trying high contrast conditions of afternoon sun and mainly into the lens and as such you may see a little flare. This may have had to do with the ND grads rather than the lens itself.

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Congrats Lance,

This is the next lens on my list. The mated grads you refer to ... are these the screw ons or to go with Cokin P holder?

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Nice work Lance.
I thought you already hand one of these ... maybe I was mistake with someone else.

It's about the only focal lengths i am really after now ... although it is on the pricey side for me at this point in time though
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Congrats Lance,

This is the next lens on my list. The mated grads you refer to ... are these the screw ons or to go with Cokin P holder?

David
David,

Thank you.

I am using the P series wide angle adaptor/holder and the P series ND grads. ND grads are one of the best investments I have ever made.

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Nice work Lance.
I thought you already hand one of these ... maybe I was mistake with someone else.

It's about the only focal lengths i am really after now ... although it is on the pricey side for me at this point in time though
Thank you very much, Simon.

I had just picked it up yesterday.
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Ahh Lance, LBA strikes again ;-)

Despite the flare, I do like that second shot a lot!
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I'm drooling here Lance. I really would like this lens and you make it look so appealing! I can see you are going to enjoy using it.
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Congrats Lance on the new lens, excellent testing phots as usual.

Haven't checked the other forum for quite a while, didn't know you were getting this lens too I myself also bought this one 3 weeks ago, only used it once so far, but really love its range.

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Ahh Lance, LBA strikes again ;-)

Despite the flare, I do like that second shot a lot!
Yes, I'm a sucker for LBA!

Thanks for your nice comment, Joel.
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I'm drooling here Lance. I really would like this lens and you make it look so appealing! I can see you are going to enjoy using it.
Thank you, LaRee.

All I can say is that I highly recommend it.
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Congrats Lance on the new lens, excellent testing phots as usual.
Thanks for your nice comments, Frank.

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Haven't checked the other forum for quite a while, didn't know you were getting this lens too I myself also bought this one 3 weeks ago, only used it once so far, but really love its range.
I have noticed that you do not frequent there very often now. Very unfortunate!

I only asked about the DA12-24 on DPR, but I have not posted eny results there yet.

Congrats on yout purchase of the DA12-24. It really is a great lens and I am sure you will love it too.
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Mine arrives this week along with my 77mm
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Please... stop tourturing me with those great picture you guys took with this lens... Argh...
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Blprrrrrrrrrrr.... sorry..,. Drool all over the keyboard.

Can you post a 1:1 crop of the upper left corner of the third picture? (Showing bridge segment with strong backlight).

About a month ago, I "test drove" this same lens at the local Pentax joint but only checked in my K20D screen and noticed some severe puple fringing at the corners, so I decided to stall the purchase for a while. But I am still craving for an extreme wide...

My wide glass arsenal: A 15/3.5, FA 20/2.8, FA*24/2 and FA 28/2.8, none of which have seen the light since switching from film to digital.

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QuoteOriginally posted by vizjerei Quote
Please... stop tourturing me with those great picture you guys took with this lens... Argh...
Bugger, I should have contacted you actually. I got a GREAT price from Aden for bundling it with a 77 and a W60. Damn if we had another 12-24 we'd have got an even better price.
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