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04-13-2009, 10:36 AM   #1
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Pentax 12-24mm, should i go for it??

I need help again guys!
Now i own 2 lenses, 35mm/2,8macro ltd and 55-300mm/F4-5.8.
I just feel that im missing something, but thatīs the guestion, What??
Iīm not sure what do i want, i allready got tele and macro/"normal" lens.
I got about 500€ to spend on my next purchase...
So, what is yourīs suggestion for my next lens purchase?

-Super wide: Sigma 10-20mm, Pentax 10-17mm, Pentax 15mm ltd

-Normal Zoom: Sigma 18-50mm/2,8 or Tamron 17-50mm/2,8

-Fast prime: Fa50mm/1,4, Pentax 70mm/2,4

Thanks for youīre help!


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04-13-2009, 10:48 AM   #2
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Well, what do you need it for?
04-13-2009, 11:01 AM   #3
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QuoteOriginally posted by krypticide Quote
Well, what do you need it for?
Iīm not sure. Maybe i need something wider, but im thinking is that Tamronīs 17-50mm wide enough? Or should i go down to 10->mm??
If someone has samples of sigma 18-50mm or Tamron 17-50mm, plz post few in here.
And few samples of Sigmaīs 10-20mm or Pentax 10-17mm fisheye wold be nice also...

But in other hand, i could use some faster prime lens, so should i buy ex. Tamron 17-50mm And Pentax 50mm/1,4?? I have counted that i could get them both uder 500€..
04-13-2009, 01:16 PM   #4
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I would save my money and aim towards replacing your slow zoom with better glass. I always found my 55-300 produced really mediocre results.. or mabye it was just me producing those results

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The 12-24 is an excellent lens and very handy focal length. You will need more money though. The fisheye 10-17 is very nice, and less money.
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I don't see why you'd buy a lens before you know for sure what you need it for. Once you have that sorted out, the options becomes much more clear.

If I were in your shoes, my next purchase would be a fast telephoto lens, because I use them all the time for concert photography, and then a wider lens - speed not critical - for landscape and other basic outdoor shooting. But if you don't shoot concerts or landscapes much, then something else might make more sense for you.
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I agree with the 12-24mm Pentax (sold my sigma 10-20mm for one) and either a 50-135 f2.8 or a 70-200mm f2.8. These would 'round out' your collection
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Thanx to all answers guys! Well, i decided that i will need most "normal" zoom, so i think i go with Sigma 18-50mm or Tamron 17-50mm. They cost as much in here Finland, about 370€.

-So, tell me, wich 1 is better, i have read photozone tests and this site lens reviews, but im asking Yourīs recommendation. And, hopefully somaone has owned both?

-I noticed that Tamron is 1mm wider, so that would be nice for me. And 1mm is kinda big difference in wide end..

-Today, i dont miss better tele, im love with 55-300mm, itīs good for my use and im happy with it.

-I guess i buy one of these 2 now, but at summer something wider, maybe sigma or pentax, letīs see then. Bytheway, i noticed that Sigma 10-20mm has qualifed better in testīs than pentax 12-24mm. Even at this site reviews... Tell me why?

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And plz, i would need recommendations soon, becouse im gonna order the lens end of this week. So is it gona to be Sigam or Tamron?? Tell me
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Oh man... I just got offer from brand new Pentax da12-24mm, guy is asking 450€ of it, 2months old, never used. Should i go for it?? Oh no... I guess i buy it, that would be wide enough for me And later this summer i will refill my lens selection with various set of primes. 50mm, 70mm....

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Is it woth of 450€?

Im just wondering why that lens has not so good reviewīs in this site review section? Is that lens worth of 450€?? Itīs new, never used, seller has varranty&buy papers, he has sold k10d so he doesnt need that lens anymore.
Plz, post links to pics from 12-24mm...
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Thx again! Ah im so in love with this lens allready! I read some reviews and articles of it, and i decided that i buy that 12-24mm! Itīs amazin price in here finland, shop price is 720€!!! And if i get that by 450€, its Super-cheap! And thatīs brand-new like a said before.
Thank you all! Letīs keep those shutterīs clicking
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Now, i got 3 lenses; 12-24mm/f4, 35mm/f2,8 limited, 55-300mm/4-5,8.
Iīm just not so happy with 35mm ltd, i dont know whatīs missing but i dont use that so much as i should...

-Maybe i need larger aperture like 1,4 or 1,8
-Maybe different focal length, ex. 30mm, 40mm, 50mm
-Or sigma/ tamron "normal" length zoom for walk-around (18-50mm/2,8)
-Or am i just Crazy??


Help me once again



i forgot to say that im lookin for a "normal" lens, for walking, trips and usual photography. Iīm not so happy with 35mm focus speed, i think itīs becouse its macro... So has 40mm/50mm faster focus??
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Seeing as I'm guessing no one here really knows what kinda of stuff you shoot, your style, etc, we really can't help you, maybe if you suggest better what's wrong with your current lenses lin up, we could hlep you more.
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