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01-23-2009, 07:21 AM   #1
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Extreme Wide Angles

I will be ordering a under 20mm wide angle, zoom or prime, this week.

Will be used mostly outdoors on nature scenes and subjects.

At this point it sounds as though I could live with the Sigma 10-20 or something similar. I could also be convinced of a prime like the DA 14mm.

I'm wide open to suggestions right now.

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01-23-2009, 07:30 AM   #2
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man, I would love to have that Sigma 10-20mm. I have had my eye on that one for a while.


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I haven't used the sigma 10-20 which is highly regarded by owners. But I can say I am thrilled to own my DA 12-24!

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I have a 10-20 and love it, but my use is more for architecture and interior shots, not landacape scenes.

I am not sure you need to go to 10mm for that, and it sometimes due to the perspective, makes subjects too small. you need to think about that also.

For travel and architecture, however, I shoot 60% of all shots with that lens at 10mm.
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The majority of discussion here usually seems to be on the merits of the Sigma 10-20mm vs the DA 12-24mm, but I'm a happy DA14mm user, with some careful use of the DA 10-17mm fisheye if I want REALLY wide!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Talisker Quote
The majority of discussion here usually seems to be on the merits of the Sigma 10-20mm vs the DA 12-24mm, but I'm a happy DA14mm user, with some careful use of the DA 10-17mm fisheye if I want REALLY wide!
That's why I specified my what use was, and that it was different from the OP. I don't disagree with you, your DA14 may be a perfect lens for landscapes, undoubtably sharper than my 10-20. BUT I woudl miss 10mm for my use.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Lowell Goudge Quote
That's why I specified my what use was, and that it was different from the OP. I don't disagree with you, your DA14 may be a perfect lens for landscapes, undoubtably sharper than my 10-20. BUT I woudl miss 10mm for my use.
Certainly not disagreeing with you either Lowell - I have a 15mm Voigtlander lens in my 35mm rangefinder kit and I've probably used it more for interior shots than anything else. Similarly the DA 14 seems to be my personal sweet spot for ultra-wides in landscape work.

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Can't make a suggestion w/o knowing what you want to use it for.
I also like my Sigma 10-20, but it's definitely more challenging to use effectively than I thought...
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When I went on a recent road trip through Southern California and Arizona, I brought along a DA 14 to capture some of the wide, sweeping expanses I could see.

I mostly shot with it outside, so lighting usually wasn't an issue.

Here are a few of the images I've shot with this lens:
smc P-DA 14mm F2.8 - a set on Flickr

The super-wide angle and close focus beg to be used in some extreme cases. I've not had the chance to really push this lens as far as I'd like to go with it.
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DA 12-24mm.
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The widest lens I've ever used is .Sam.'s Sigma 8mm Fisheye. When mounted on a film camera, I can see all things around me even when I point the lens right into the sky:




Of course I digital the DA1017 fisheye is pretty wide too. If you don't like FE effect, the Sigma 10-20 or Pentax 12-24 will be a good choice. Personally I chose DA1224 for its better handling and 24mm longer end (12mm is wide enough to me, but 20mm is just too wide sometimes. 24mm is just nice for taking people photos w/ some surroundings).
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Wildman, I'm in the same boat as you and it's driving me crazy.
If I buy the DA 21Limited, it goes well with my 3 Amigos-21, 31, 43, 77. With the FA 50/1.4 thrown in for good measure. I like that line up and I really want the Limited to go with the others. The Limiteds really really spoil a guy. Of course this then leads to the (maybe?) upcoming 15mm Limited and who knows what that will cost? But suppose the 15Limited is canned. What then in a Limited lineup?
I don't want a fisheye right now, leaving the 10-17 out.
Now, if I buy a 12-24 (I want to stick to a Pentax lens) and I love the idea of 12mm, I would be giving up the Limited lenses in this range. I just couldn't afford the zoom and two more Limiteds (21mm and 15mm)in the zoom's range.
The DA 16-45/4 would be a very affordable stop gap solution but the siren call of the DA 21Limited may be to much to deny and if the 15Limited falls through for any reason then a guy could get the DA 14/2.8.
Maybe I've just talked myself into a decision.
On the other hand the DA 12-24 seems also to be a viable solution and give up the idea of Limiteds in this range, it would be quite a savings in money, but durn it, I love prime lenses.
So I'm back into the same quandary................
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if you can, buy a DA 12-24mm

or a Sigma 10-20mm
and there is also the new tamron 10-24 but i haven't info.
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