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03-25-2010, 02:34 PM   #1
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hey , im doing a study abroad this summer in greece and i want to get a new lens to take out there and shoot with. what lens would you recommend i invest in buying that will work best with landscape and city shooting and also capturing the greek architecture and beaches , i currently have the 18-55 kit lens and the DA 55-300 lens as well but i still want another lol ... price range no more then $600 please

03-25-2010, 03:33 PM   #2
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have you seen shots form Sigma 10-20 club?
Would help with decision...
03-25-2010, 03:36 PM   #3
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I would recommend the Pentax K 28mm f/3.5 shift (see review here). For these grand architecture shots it's important to keep the lines straight IMO.
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Yeah, people shooting architecture (inside or out) seem to favor a rectilinear 10-20 or 12-24. My fisheye 10-17 is just a bit too bend-y for that. Some also favor tilt-shift lenses, which ain't cheap, but which can be hand-made without too much trouble or cost, so I hear. (I have a cheap Loreo tilt-shift-in-a-lenscap piece. It sucks.) Tilt-shift is for perspective control, which like defishing can also be done in PP but with some loss of resolution and/or IQ.

If you're shooting architecture indoors, trying to capture entire rooms (or large portions thereof) with an ultrawide in the 10-20 region, and flash is allowed, either try to get a flash or diffuser with coverage the same as your widest focal length, or think of using a two-flash setup. The latter might be a bit bulky, but if you need it, you need it. Practice with it at home before you go traveling.

Ah, I was on the Amalfi coast (south of Monte Vesuvio) for a few weeks some time ago, just sucked up the Roman and Greek architecture, didn't have the right camera then. I'm ready to go back any time, there and all the Balkan coasts and islands, just as soon as the next inheritance rolls in.

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QuoteOriginally posted by SquintyEyes Quote
I would recommend the Pentax K 28mm f/3.5 shift (see review here).
It's just not wide enough on an APS-C sensor. And you can straighten lines in PP.
03-25-2010, 06:52 PM   #6
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Any of these Pentax lenses would be useful for architectural work:

DA 12-24mm
DA* 16-50mm
DA 16-45mm
DA 14mm
DA 15mm Limited

Even the kit lens is usable if you stitch the image.
Too wide isn't always the best option as you need to consider perspective effects.
Keystoning can be corrected during post processing.
03-25-2010, 09:06 PM   #7
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The Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 would do you very nicely as well.
03-26-2010, 11:20 AM   #8
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I would suggest the sigma 10-20 as well.

Visited Athens a few months ago, and the 10-20 was great for landscapes and the archeological sites.


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