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05-17-2019, 07:40 AM   #1
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wide angle lens recommendations

Looking for a new wide angle lens for my K50!

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1 check the reviews under " lenses " above

2 since you live in the US you might consider spending a little money and renting lenses to conduct your own trials

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It would be helpful to know some things first. Budget? Are you open to used lenses or does it "have" to be new? Are you okay with a prime lens or is zoom a requirement? What are you hoping to shoot with it; landscapes, astro, architecture, etc?

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I don't know how wide your thinking. I have an 8mm Rokinon I have a lot of fun with on the crop sensors. Manual focus. Have it set on f8 and refocused at 1 meter, using aperture priority, just frame with live view, never change the focus or f stop.
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"wide" means many things...

anything wider than 28mm is wide in some circles...

new or used? prime or zoom?
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Sigma 10-20 is very affordable secondhand.

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Welcome! To make meaningful suggestions, some answers to the following questions would be helpful.

What lenses do you already have?
How wide do you want to go?
What type of photography are you interested in?
What would you rather compromise on: image quality, size, price, weather resistance, autofocus?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Anselhammer Quote
Looking for a new wide angle lens for my K50!
It will be hard to find more bang for the buck than a Rokinon 10mm manual focus. I've been using mine for four years in my real estate photo business. Great color and very sharp even befor any plans.eve before any pp.
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I've had good experiences with the DFA 15-30 (great image quality if the weight and cost are acceptable), DA 15 Limited (compact, legendary flare resistance), Tamron 10-24 (very versatile zoom range), and Samyang/Rokinon 14 (sharp and relatively fast for astrophotography).

1) What's your budget?

2) How wide do you want to go? If you're not sure, let us know the widest lens you already own.

3) What type of subjects? You might wonder why this matters. For architecture, low distortion (or easily correctable during processing) helps keep straight lines straight. For astrophotography, wide aperture becomes important to reduce exposure times and control star trails. For sunrise and sunset, you might prioritize flare resistance.
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regarding your budget

should you be considering getting " experienced " equipment, consider checking what is being offered by various members in the forum's " buy/sell " market place section

it can be sorted by country:

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QuoteOriginally posted by Anselhammer Quote
Looking for a new wide angle lens for my K50!
If you want to go just a bit wider than the kit DA18-55 and not spend much, then get a second hand DA16-45. A second hand DA12-24 will cost more but will take you wider. The DA10-17 fisheye may look tempting - it is not all that fisheyeish at the long end - but the fisheye look can get a bit boring after the initial fun ownership phase. In primes, there is the DA15 Ltd, which some people love.

More info is needed ...
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This was done with an Irix 11mm manual focus lens ("Blackstone"). They also make one in 15mm. There is a good bit of distortion when used close-up, but terrific for panoramic landscapes. Good for portrait orientation, too, e.g., when you want to be able to get the whole tree in the picture. Also good for night-sky pictures.

You might get other good ideas from this thread:
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My K-3 wide angle coverage includes the Sigma 8-16, DA 21 ltd. and DA 18-135. The DA 18-135 is top notch at and around 24mm.

On FF It's the FA-j 18-35, DFA 28-105 and Rokinon 14 2.8.

My wife's go to on her K-5 is her Tamron 17-50, which she also compliments with my Sigma 8-16 or Rokinon 14 2.8.

I have no idea what you might want, so I'm just telling you what we use.
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I have the Sigma 10-20 f4-5.6 which has been great, but I'm thinking of selling it because I enjoy using the DA 10-17 FE more. Yes, it's fishy, but at the 15-17mm end, it's not as noticeable.
For real wide-angle, fishy fun, I love the Rokinon 8mm, but it's more of a specialized lens.

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