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12-09-2009, 08:43 AM   #31
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QuoteOriginally posted by zxaar Quote
i bought this lense two days ago.

Could you post some image and 100% crop at center. Just trying get idea about how my lense is by comparing.
Any shot would do. Thanks.

PS: I will post something from it when i get familiar. Don't want put samples now, might give wrong ideas to people looking to buy.

I don't know how to post pictures on websites. I'm pretty well computer illiterate...I can post and email and that's about the extent of my dismal abilities.

12-09-2009, 12:40 PM   #32
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QuoteOriginally posted by lesmore49 Quote
I don't know how to post pictures on websites.
It's not difficult. The best way overall is probably to go to a site like Welcome to Flickr - Photo Sharing and follow the links to sign up for a free account. But to just get an image or two posted for now onto this forum, the easiest way would be to click the "Manage Attachments" button below where you type your response. That brings up a dialog from which you can select images from your computer to attach to your post.
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Unless I overlooked it, nobody on this thread mentioned the DA 14's close focusing capability, which can make the lens very fun to use.
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I have the DA 14, and it goes anywhere my K10 goes. It's one of my most-used lenses. It's got some funky distortion waves if you're shooting straight lines like architecture, and the corners can be soft, but other than that I love it. It is one solid hunk of lens. FWIW, almost all of the images in my slot canyon gallery were shot with the DA 14.

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A bit out of topic here...I lost the small "cap" thingy on the DA14 lens hood (the cap that covers the hole which allows u to stick your finger in to twist the CPL)...where can I buy that from?
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QuoteOriginally posted by PrimeObjectif Quote
Unless I overlooked it, nobody on this thread mentioned the DA 14's close focusing capability, which can make the lens very fun to use.
Yes this is what makes it my favourite lens :







The 10-17mm fish eye can get even closer though, magnification ratios (from photozone.de):

DA 10-17mm fish eye 1:2.5
DA 14mm 1:5.3
DA 15mm 1:6.7
DA 12-24 1:8.3
12-10-2009, 03:11 PM   #37
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QuoteOriginally posted by Lodewijk Quote
The 10-17mm fish eye can get even closer though, magnification ratios (from photozone.de):

DA 10-17mm fish eye 1:2.5
DA 14mm 1:5.3
DA 15mm 1:6.7
DA 12-24 1:8.3
So does the 16-45mm, 1:4
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I was thinking about the "ultra" wide lens choices. I like the looks of the DA14 but I'm more inclined to zooms for the adjustable range. I've been thinking of that Sigma 10-20 but some of the reviews I've read gave me pause over the softness issue. Then I read about the Tamron 10-24 which is supposed to be much sharper. Does anyone here have any real world experience with that lens?

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Calicojack, are u referring to the sigma 10-20/f4-5.6 or 10-20/f3.5?
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Calicojack, are u referring to the sigma 10-20/f4-5.6 or 10-20/f3.5?
My current wallet says it will need to be the F4-5.6 version. I understand that the 3.5 is supposed to be sharper (but way more $$$)
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Just as an example of the 10-17 fisheye after corrections:


This was de-fished and perspective was adjusted in PTLens and is a blend of 3 exposures. It was shot at 15mm.

The extreme edges couldn't quite be corrected, but I suspect someone with better Post-processing skills could produce a much better result.

I did have the 14mm f/2.8 for a while. I found (compared to the 16-50), it had a warmer tone to it, whereas the 16-50 was more neutral in colour. The 14mm was quite sharp, but the 16-50 had a bit of an edge in that department as well at 16mm.
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In defense of the Sigma... Sharp enough for me.... if the DA 12-24 is as good as i hear it is... then it will indeed be a better lens than the Sigma.


And I think close focusing is actually a common feature among the current generation wide angles... The Sigma doesnt go as close as the DA but it goes zooms to 20mm, so that may make up for it

The front looks a bit soft; I focused on the leaves

@Andrew: You did a better job than I ever did defishing the DA 10-17.... In fact I thought I would be able to make do using the DA as my wideangle, but I gave up trying to make it look rectilinear enough to my liking. Still love that lens though.

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I had been in a similar dilemma before. the DA14 has a stop advantage and a close-focusing capability over the DA12-24. size-wise, both the DA14 and DA12-24 are both big lenses, so there's no real advantage as to portability, except for the 12-24 being a zoom, it's barrel extends further, but not really a concern. IQ-wise, the 12-24 is just better than the DA14, uncharacteristic for a zoom lens. versatility-wise, the DA12-24 zoom cannot be underestimated nor deny it's luxury of use for covering an additional 12mm focal length.

speaking of the PTLens, it is a great tool for defishing fisheye lenses.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Andi Lo Quote
In defense of the Sigma... Sharp enough for me.... if the DA 12-24 is as good as i hear it is... then it will indeed be a better lens than the Sigma.


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Andi,
Is your first "Sigma defense" photo straight from the camera as far as perspective is concerned? In other words, did you process it through any sort of defish / perspective control software? It looks pretty square and pretty sharp to my eye.
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today went to illuminaria , took just two photos. Not planned just snap shots. Took with 10-17mm fish eye at 10mm. This photo that i am posting is rotated and cropped from center.

resized to web size is



here is 100% crop from original:




photo was taken handheld at iso 3200.

i think i am impressed, because for this photo i just pointed the camera and took a snap, i was very busy talking to someone. Was not much interested in taking photo but just tried fisheye just to see how it does.
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