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02-10-2020, 11:06 AM - 1 Like   #16
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I sold my tamron 17-50 and I was looking for a replacement. Pentax 16-45 fits the bill perfectly as I don't need 2.8 and I wanted more on the wide end. It's not too big and the image quality is there. BUT I really want a WR lens....

02-10-2020, 12:16 PM - 1 Like   #17
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QuoteOriginally posted by ZeljkoS Quote
I sold my tamron 17-50 and I was looking for a replacement. Pentax 16-45 fits the bill perfectly as I don't need 2.8 and I wanted more on the wide end. It's not too big and the image quality is there. BUT I really want a WR lens....
Then you have the DA 16-85, which is WR unlike the DA 16-45. But it's not exactly a cheap option unfortunately.
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The OP said wide, not ultrawide, so for the price that it's going for in the used market (less than 100 dollars) the DA 16-45mm f4 is unbeatable in my opinion as a cheap good wide angle lens. The great image quality all the way to 45mm and the very close focus ability are added bonuses.
The only downside is that when you're shooting very wide (16mm) you can't use the camera flash as the lens will give a shadow. I always use a mounted flash anyway, so for me it hasn't been an issue.
By the way, I was shooting with mine while the snow was falling here in north Georgia on Saturday. The K-50 with the DA 16-45 got wet but never skipped a beat. Dried it up when I got home, left the lens extended to fully dry, and once again all is well. I've done this before and the good thing about very cheap lenses like this DA 16-45 and the DA 35 2.4 is that you don't don't end up worrying so much.
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Yes... exactly. 16-85 looks like a wonderful lens, but it's not cheap. I guess there's no such thing as good cheap WR lens that starts at 16mm AND has a good IQ

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QuoteOriginally posted by dlh Quote
Irix manual focus in 11mm and 15mm fixed focal lengths, the "firefly" version is cheaper with a plastic housing but not weather-resistant as is the "blackstone". I've seen used ones for sale on this site from other members. Terrific optics, really sharp rectilinear images.
The Irix 15 mm is fine: good quality, not over-expensive. And it's a full frame lens, so in case you might change one day you can keep it. (That's the problem with the Sigma 10-20: great for APS-C but disappointing results on full frame).
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QuoteOriginally posted by pepperberry farm Quote
some budget parameters would be helpful...

I have wide angle lens for sale, but please PM me if interested...
Where are you located, Iím in the UK

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. Do you know what types of photos you wish to take with the lens. .
Initially on a city break and what ever that throws up.

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. How wide does the OP want? !
Initially to try on a city break ( I did think one of the old 28mm lenses but decided to ask for recommendations first) and if I like what i see then I would move to a better more modern lens later.
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28mm is equivalent to 42mm on full frame. Not very wide. For aps-c there are no cheap legacy wide options because those are super wides on full frame. I payed €100 for a Pentax-m 20mm F4 in 2012 and that was a good deal then. Now they are more expensive. If you have the Kit lens you already have the wide angle that doesn't cost the earth. You can in improve on it with a 16-45 or a Tamron 17-50mm 2.8 or a Sigma 17-70mm 1:2.8-4(or 4.5).
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QuoteOriginally posted by D1N0 Quote
You can in improve on it with a 16-45 or a Tamron 17-50mm 2.8 or a Sigma 17-70mm 1:2.8-4(or 4.5).
My recommendation as well.

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I'd buy a second hand DA15..... almost no way you could not enjoy a relationship with one for a year or two. I'd budget $250ish and just wait until one finds you. I say this mostly because you have a KP.... you don't seem to be a cheap type person.... more a good value type that appreciates quality. Good cheap wide's are so 10 years ago.... if ever!

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I'd buy a second hand DA15..... almost no way you could not enjoy a relationship with one for a year or two. I'd budget $250ish and just wait until one finds you.
only problem with buying a DA 15mm limited

is that it can be habit forming and the OP might want more limited lenses
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QuoteOriginally posted by aslyfox Quote
only problem with buying a DA 15mm limited

is that it can be habit forming and the OP might want more limited lenses
Live dangerously or go home I reckon..... unless wife is listening of course.....
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Where are you located, Iím in the UK

Midwest U.S.

I sent you a PM with a link the lens in question....
02-11-2020, 10:24 AM   #28
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QuoteOriginally posted by dlh Quote
Irix manual focus in 11mm and 15mm fixed focal lengths, the "firefly" version is cheaper with a plastic housing but not weather-resistant as is the "blackstone". I've seen used ones for sale on this site from other members. Terrific optics, really sharp rectilinear images.
They are actually the same on weather sealing. Here's a rundown of the two models:




I have the 11mm Firefly and love it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by aslyfox Quote
only problem with buying a DA 15mm limited

is that it can be habit forming and the OP might want more limited lenses
Please explain why someone can become addicted to limited lens. I've seen the report sharpness is not that great, max aperture is average, screwdrive, there are very small lenses all metal, they are stylish okay but what is that so different in the image produced compared to a non limited lens?
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For going wide on a budget, check out the Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5. Here is one I made with my copy.

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