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09-05-2008, 09:06 AM   #1
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Please recommend a wide angle lens

Hi, sometime ago I ordered a DA 12-24, but it never arrived so I was refunded.

I'm waiting on photokina to see if the 11-16 would become available.

The restriction: I need a wide angle lens to be available to be purchased no further than december.

I would like to know other options besides 12-24 or, if it becomes available, the 11-16.

(I have currently weighed 12-24 over DA14).

The longest I have the wide angle lens, the better, to get used to the perspective.

Thanks in advance .

09-05-2008, 09:12 AM   #2
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I've owned the 12-24mm and it's a great lens. I think it's well worth owning. I would suggest you try Adorama or B&H. Both ship internationally and offer fast service with reasonable rates.

The other option and my current wide angle lens is the Sigma 10-20mm. It's very new to me but so far in testing it out, it's also a great wide angle lens with very good IQ. The price is also lower. I got mine from 47th St. Photo (off Ebay as that price was lower than the 47th St Store web price) for under $500.00 USD including shipping. My first impressions of the lens are pretty much in line with the reviews on the site:
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sigma 10-20? that's the only other option
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I personally own and like the DA 12-24, and don't think you would regret it. Other options:

Sigma 10-20 f/4-5.6 - Is also popular and in most markets a bit cheaper than the 12-24.

Tamron - I don't think they ever released their 11-18 f/4.5-5.6 in K-mount, and it's probably just as well, as most seem to prefer the Sigma anyway in those other mounts. There's a new, probably better, 10-22 f/3.5-4.5 coming, I believe eventually in K-mount but wouldn't bet that you'll be able to get it before the end of the year.

I assume you already have decided that you want a rectillinear ultra-wide though. If the answer is 'not necessarily', then there is also the 10-17 fisheye, though in my estimation this is more of a special- rather than general-purpose lens. Are you sure you want/need a lens this wide? I find that most of the time, the 16mm wide end of a DA16-45 is plenty wide.

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Thanks for the replies.

I forgot to mention that I also considered the sigma, but preferred the 12-24.

@Andrew:

My purpose is not architecture. The main use of this lens is to photograph people. Though as in the future I'd like to shoot weddings, and maybe a trip or two would make the decision rectilinear > fish.

And as for how much wide... 100 to 60 degrees is ok with me. Note that the fisheye has a much different angle (like 180 to 100 approx. I think).

The reason I want a wide lens by december is because I'm going to shoot an event in January, and the event is photographing people exclusively.

Note that I already have a filter for the 12-24, as the only thing that didn't arrive was the lens.
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i had the 10-20 for my nikon system and boy did i love it. the difference between 10 and 12mm is quite a lot to me. just make sure you get a good copy, sigma doesn't have the best quality control
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Well if you want the lens for basically shooting people, you don't need a lens this wide. In fact you don't want a lens this wide for portrait stuff because it will distort the persons body and face. If the use is to get wide shots of a room full of people then it should work well and I think the 12-24 would be better. When I shoot weddings, I use the DA16-45 most of the time. Great optics and wide enough to capture a large room full of people and also do a portrait without changing lenses.
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