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12-13-2008, 09:16 PM   #1
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i need some good glass

the only lens i really use right now is my zenitar 16mm 2.8 fisheye and i to get something new,

i think i'm going to buy a 50mm f/1.4, so i need something to replace my wide angle range. in the past the only wide lens i've had is the sigma 10 - 20, i really liked it but the distortion was a little much for me... and also it really only took great pictures at 10mm.

my 16mm doesn't take very clear pictures so i really want to make sure i buy something to get the full potential out of my k20d. i gotta get those crystal clear pictures again

i don't want to go in debt too bad but a couple lenses i've been looking at are the Pentax DA 14 f/2.8, the Pentax DA 12 - 24

i'm also going to be traveling a lot in the new year so i wouldn't mind having something more like the 16 - 45/50... and keep that on my camera 90% of the time

any advice or comments?

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I don't know if 17mm is wide enough for you. If it is, then I can recommend Tamron 17-50 zoom lens. It's very sharp at 17mm even wide open. And, you get coverage up to 50mm witha fairly fast f2.8. It can be had currently for about $270 from ProDigital2000 on the auction site.
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zoom or prime?

if it is zoom - then your choice of 12-24 or 16-45 is okay. i have 12-24 and i use it for landscape or funny portraits. may be 16-45 is a better walkaround / travel lens.

in prime, pentax has 14 (you mentioned) and 21 available new. sigma has 20, 24, and 28.
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Have a look at the Pentax 17-70 f4 SDM....you might be pleasantly surprised.

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Stratario I don't know if 17mm is wide enough for you. If it is, then I can recommend Tamron 17-50 zoom lens. It's very sharp at 17mm even wide open. And, you get coverage up to 50mm witha fairly fast f2.8. It can be had currently for about $270 from ProDigital2000 on the auction site.
My 17-50mm Tammy is usually on my K20, for good reasons. I second Stratario's motion here. The Tammy is a great value and a great performer.
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Use a fast fifty prime, most times your legs can be the zoom.

Your image quality will go up in leaps and bounds due to both the lens and the thinking time when used, this aids your composition as well.
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