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10-03-2008, 08:29 PM   #16
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You can check out some good and bad from the DA 12-24 on my Flickr site. Except for one and one only shot, with the sun in the frame, the images are, to put it crudely, gorgeous. Love that lens.

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Anyone have a 3-sided coin to flip?
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I would stick to Sigma 10-20mm which is really a bargain for its optical performance.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Grimlock Quote
Anyone have a 3-sided coin to flip?
The Sigma has been highly rated on this forum. The DA 12-24 rates even higher, and the lens colours are Pentax colours. There is a feel to the colours from Pentax glass and coatings that just isn't there with other manufacturers. You can check out some 12-24 shots on my Flickr site, that's what it is for.

I find 12mm plenty wide for the kind of pictures I prefer, but the extra 2 mm of the Sigma are HUGE. That's almost 20% and translates into a large change in field of view.

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I have got DA14mm and like it quite a lot. It has better close-focus than DA12-24 I think.

That said, I am looking to purchase Sigma 10-20 in the future, 1. for the extra mm on the wide end and 2. to finish my line-up of my Sigma zooms (10-20, 17-70, 70-300).
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I have the 12-24 and really love it. It replaces my venerable SMC Pentax K 15mm f/3.5 lens which I've used on my film Pentaxes since the 1970's.

I often find myself inside where I don't have a lot of room to move around and so "zooming with my feet" isn't an option - so I find the zoom range to be a lot more useful than I anticipated. My recommendation therefore would be to go with one of the zooms rather than with the 14mm.
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12-24!!



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Still looking for that 3-sided coin.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Grimlock Quote
Still looking for that 3-sided coin.
I suggest you rent the Sigma 10-20; this would let you determine:

-- how much do you really need the 10-12mm focal length?
-- how often do you need to change lenses or crop because 20mm is too wide?

maybe when it's time to buy you will only need a 2-sided coin
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I think I'll just rent the Siggy. Even if it arrived in Nikon mount and on fire, it'll still be better than my current wide-angle. Thanks for the opinions, everyone!
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I think I'll just rent the Siggy...
Let us know what you think of it!
10-08-2008, 12:44 PM   #27
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Stick to a two sided coin, the 14mm isn't going to give you the flexibility of the zooms even if it does have the better IQ.
I have the 10-20 and I am very pleased with it, that extra 2mm gives you a chance for more creativity and fun IMO. VFM is another factor of course.
I've never used the 12-24mm but people who have it, like it.
The truth is, you will be happy with either one but just think about that extra 2mm.
Not that I'm trying to sway your decision.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Damn Brit Quote
Stick to a two sided coin, the 14mm isn't going to give you the flexibility of the zooms even if it does have the better IQ.
I have the 10-20 and I am very pleased with it, that extra 2mm gives you a chance for more creativity and fun IMO. VFM is another factor of course.
I've never used the 12-24mm but people who have it, like it.
The truth is, you will be happy with either one but just think about that extra 2mm.
Not that I'm trying to sway your decision.
I have the DA14. Sold it, got it back, and thinking of selling again for the reason stated above. I'd love the pick up a 12-24 since it would fit perfectly with the other lenses in my kit, but it's a little pricey. The 10-20 would be a good fit as well. I've seen enough pics and personal reviews to think it has to be a quality lens.
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How about the new Tamron SP AF 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Asph?
It's already available for Nikon.
And I think it will be good as Tamron 17-50mm.
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How about the new Tamron SP AF 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Asph?
It's already available for Nikon.
And I think it will be good as Tamron 17-50mm.
I've been waiting for the Tamron 10-24 to come out. . . so far I haven't seen it for sale in any mount.

If the Tamron becomes available in the near future and beats the Sigma for geometric distortion (and matches the Sigma in other respects), I would definitely consider it!
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