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10-29-2008, 03:51 AM   #1
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Illustrated report: which lens?

Hello there,

A new agenda leads me to get yet another lens...
I had to sell my 16-50mm to cover surgery expenses, and I miss it.
Now, I def need a 35mm (24mm digital).
So here are the options:

get another 16-50mm but it doesn"t have a 24mm possition

get a 12-24MM which would be wider and lighter than the 16-50mm, f4 instead of 2.8

get an FA* 24mm 2 I'd have the f2, the 24mm, no zoom though!
or save my money and use the kit lens 2

Help would be appreciated.

Thanks


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10-29-2008, 08:18 AM   #2
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if you can find one, the Sigma Super Wide 24mm is a good budget alternative
AF 24mm 2.8 with close focus ability, it's like the one photozone tested
10-29-2008, 08:30 AM   #3
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It seems perhaps you are conscious of budget here, but there is a Zeiss T*25/2.8 for sale in the marketplace for 600USD right now. Great price and a great lens.

lens here -

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/photographers-marketplace/40313-zeiss-zk-...ntax-k-ka.html

some infos in here -

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-slr-lens-discussion/36041-zeiss-zk...-thoughts.html
10-29-2008, 09:38 AM   #4
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The DA 16-45mm is a very strong performer at 24mm.

10-29-2008, 09:42 AM   #5
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QuoteOriginally posted by Substitute Quote
get another 16-50mm but it doesn"t have a 24mm possition
I'm not sure what you mean by this. Certainly it doesn't somehow skip over that focal length? I'm not sure that's physically possible. Now, it might be that there is no "24" marked on the barrel, or that the focal length as reported in EXIF changes from 23 to 25 and won't ever report 24, but that doesn't mean you aren't actually shooting at 24mm. Of course, since it's a zoom lens, even if it *did* report 24mm, it would be just approximating the focal length anyhow, and generally overstating it too. A zoom lens reporting that it is at 24mm is only at 24mm when shooting at infinity. The focal length gets progressivley shorted as you focus more closely. Meaning in order to actually get a focal length of 24mm, you might have to set the lens around 26mm, or 28mm, etc.

So if your desire for 24mm is because you just like the focal length, the zoom is certainly capable of getting you there are close as you want. But if it's some sort of technical thing - like you are using it on a copy stand and need to keep the exact same focal length from shot to shot, that is indeed harder to achieve with a zoom. But I'd still wonder if hitting the Info button to view the current focal length on the rear LCD and getting that to match wouldn't be "good enough"? Depends on how demanding the application is, I guess.

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or save my money and use the kit lens 2
Well, it's not going to be an more precise about guaranteeing you *exactly* 24mm focal length or being *completely* consistent from shot to shot. But of course, if f/4 is fast enough for your application, and the sharpness of the kit lens is good enough, then saving money certainly seems reason enough to stick with the kit lens.
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QuoteOriginally posted by audiobomber Quote
The DA 16-45mm is a very strong performer at 24mm.
I was going to suggest this as well ... it's not that bad a lens really.
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If 24mm is as wide as you need to go, I'd take a look at the Sigma EX DG 24-60mm/F2.8. Incredible lens that is both fast and sharp throughout the entire range.
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Agree...the 24-60mm is a nice lens. Best $175 I've spent.....

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Ok thanks but I do have the 28-70mm star already...
That's an old habit I have from film to shoot 35mm, the Nikon 17-35mm is perfect in this respect, I'd like something close to it...12-24mm the maths say....
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DA1224 is a very good lens, should be sufficient if you don't need aperture wider than F4 Plus, it's a great match to your FA*2870
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yep Frank so set up would be
12-24mm / 28-70/ 70-200mm
instead of privous 16-50mm/50-135mm....
hummm
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QuoteOriginally posted by Substitute Quote
yep Frank so set up would be
12-24mm / 28-70/ 70-200mm
instead of privous 16-50mm/50-135mm....
hummm
Mine is 12-24/28-70/80-200, the rest are all prime lenses
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Ok..;I have a sigma 24mm 1.8 in sight.
I've been trying to get the FA 24mm f:2 and got tired of it, so maybe this one is worth a try.
ANy input?
Thanks
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