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03-20-2009, 12:51 AM   #1
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Which wide angle lens?

Which is the best wide angle lens?

Pentax DA 12-24
Sigma 10-20
Tamron 10-20

I'm just confusing myself looking at the various reviews.

I'm currently tempted to go for the proven Sigma.

Any other lenses (within the Sigma/Tamron?Pentax range) that I should consider?

I'm primarily interested in architecture and indoor shots, as well as landscapes and shots in narrow streets in SE Asia where the DA 18-55 kit lens simply isn't wide enough.

03-20-2009, 01:06 AM   #2
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I can't do other then recommend Sigma 10-20. It's a great lens, and it can't be beaten for the money.
Pentax 12-24 is supposed to be a great lens too, though more expensive and "only" 12mm (personaly I think I'd find it wide enough)
Can't comment on tamron because I only saw one review according to which it has better centre but worse corner sharpness then Sigma.
good luck choosing

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03-20-2009, 07:04 AM   #3
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It might be worth waiting a month or two for the DA15 to show up. Should be especially neat for street photography, as it will be very small and unintrusive.
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Between these three lenses ?

Definitly the 12-24 !

03-20-2009, 07:56 AM   #5
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I have and use 12-24 for last 3 years. It is amazing lens. Works great with front sun. Works fins with polarize filter and half gray filter. It is sharp from f4 - so I very rare close it more.

My friend has Nikon and Sigma 10-20. I saw number of his shots and from what I saw Pentax is much more sharper - especially in borders.


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Superb shot you made !
I suppose that shooting at Petra without this lens wouldn't be possible !

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The 12-24 wouldbe more than adequate for my wants/needs.
And would work in well with my new ebay acquisition.
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I am also in the market for an ultra-wide. I am leaning towards the Sigma 10-20mm but I'm a little confused about HSM. Will this lens autofocus with my K200D?

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QuoteOriginally posted by two68s Quote
I am also in the market for an ultra-wide. I am leaning towards the Sigma 10-20mm but I'm a little confused about HSM. Will this lens autofocus with my K200D?
The new constant aperture Sigma 10-20 F3.5 EX DC HSM is a different beast than the old Sigma 10-20 whose Pentax version lacked an HSM motor. They will both autofocus on K200D. 12-24 F4 is a better choice than the variable aperture Sigma 10-20. I don't know much about the new Sigma 10-20 F3.5.
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wideangle lens

DA12-24 without a doubt IF you can get it at a reasonable price. Colour, contrast, sharpness, flare-resistance, low distortion are all unbeatable. It's well-built too compared to some other DA lenses (DA16-45, DA50-200). Only weakness is CA, and that's manageable. This is one of the unqualified winners in the Pentax line-up.

Only downside is its bulk - but no bigger than any comparable lens. I find 12mm plenty wide enough for any situation - if you need wider, you need to look elsewhere.
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Not sure what the exchange rate is in Aus, but currently in the UK the recent price hikes by Sigma has made the 10-20 within about 80 of the Pentax. Before, it was over 150! Last year I would say go for the Sigma, I know a few people who have it (including me) and I would recommend the lens, it has a cult following, as it is great fun! Now however with the prices like they are, I would still recommend the 10-20, but if you can afford the extra 80 and can lose the extra 2mm at the wide end, then go for the 12-24 pentax, as it is stunning from what I have seen. Either way, both lenses are great and above all, FUN!
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QuoteOriginally posted by asdf Quote
The new constant aperture Sigma 10-20 F3.5 EX DC HSM is a different beast than the old Sigma 10-20 whose Pentax version lacked an HSM motor. They will both autofocus on K200D. 12-24 F4 is a better choice than the variable aperture Sigma 10-20. I don't know much about the new Sigma 10-20 F3.5.

Personally I don't bother about HSM, especially for this lenses, I've never had ANY problems with AF with my DA12-24 lens- doesn't metter it was *istDS, K10D or K20D camera.
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My Flickr site has some shots by the 12-24 Pentax. They are full size jpegs if you wade to the maximum size on site. Shot with sun in frame, even. Have a look, check out the Sigma, and buy the Pentax. <G>
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HSM for ultrawide.... I mean seriously...
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Thanks, so far everyone.

Prices in Adelaide at the moment are as follows:

Pentax 12-24mm $1,100-00
Sigma 10-20mm $849.00

And I have found the new Sigma 12-24, which is priced at $1,099.00. Anyone had experience with this lens? Or have any shots using the lens?

The Tamron 10-20mm is not easily found over here.
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