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10-07-2013, 10:57 PM   #1
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Budget Wide Angle Lens

I'm looking at getting a wide angle lens, specifically the PENTAX Camera lens DA35mm F2.4AL. Is there a cheaper alternative? Is this the best bang for the buck?

I'm just starting out in photography, so I don't want to spend loads of money until I know how much I enjoy it.

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This is about as cheap as it gets It's a good starter prime for sure.

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If you really want to go cheap you can get decent versions of for example the fully manual SMC Pentax-M 28mm 3.5 lens. (seems to go for around 60 bucks at the marketplace). But as you say you are quite new to photography, I can surely recommend the DA 35mm as it is the cheapest new autofocus lens available. It is lightweight, I think it's easy to handle and it takes sharp images.
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in Pentax DSLRs, a wide angle lens is 24mm or less... Iīve seen K24/2.8 on the marketplace for U$D140 but itīs an all manual lens. The 28 through 40mm ones are normal lens.

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QuoteOriginally posted by carrrlangas Quote
in Pentax DSLRs, a wide angle lens is 24mm or less... Iīve seen K24/2.8 on the marketplace for U$D140 but itīs an all manual lens. The 28 through 40mm ones are normal lens.
That is of course true, but thought the 28mm would be worth mention since the threadstarter considered the DA 35mm
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QuoteOriginally posted by larshalvar Quote
That is of course true, but thought the 28mm would be worth mention since the threadstarter considered the DA 35mm
Donīt get me wrong, I was not trying to correct you. 28mm actually looks a bit wide angle if you are used to a 50mm on film... I am using the DA40 as my normal that is equivalent to a 60mm on film so...
But the OP asked about wide angles and mentioned the 35mm which would be a wide angle on a bigger sensor. But, to skip the crop factor thing just mention that Pentax DSLRs have APS-C sensors. This format has 23,5mm x 15,7mm dimensions that give a diagonal of 28mm

For any format the definition is based on Focal Length:
Ultra wide angle: FL shorter than short side of the format (15,7mm)
Wide angle lens: FL shorter than long side (23,5mm)
Normal lens: FL arround the diagonal (28mm)
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Thanks for the information everybody! I'll probably pick up the 35mm since I do want auto focus. Is there a 24mm with auto focus in that price range? I only see manuals. I assume the ones with AF are more expensive when you get to 24mm?
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The DA 21mm Ltd would be an obvious autofocus alternative to the manual, but that is in a bit higher price range. (around 400$ for a used copy).

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I recommend the 35mm F2.4 lens. Not just because it was my first AF prime lens but it also takes good photos.
Check out the thread https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/lens-clubs/196639-da35-f2-4-plastic-fantastic-club.html
Not sure if there is any other good options since you want AF.
The Sigma 30mm F1.4 is an expensive option (if you compare it to the Pentax 35mm F2.4)
Good luck deciding!
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In a prime lens, yes everything is more expensive. You are looking at least $500
In terms of holding down the budget, and being able to go wider, going the zoom route does offer several benefits. Lower price, ability to go below 35mm - down to 16mm, with excellent image quality. The added benefit is the abiility to try out other focal lengths and see what appeals to you.
  • DA 16-45/f4 - This lens is probably the best bang for the buck around. It has been discontinued, however it covers a good range, is a replacement for the kit lens, physically its a tad larger, but it covers both the 35mm and 24mm focal lengths you are considering, while going as wide as 16mm. You can get it used around the $200 range.

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The DA 35mm f2.4 is great bang for buck! The only way to get a cheaper lens is if you buy used manual lenses.
The DA 40mm XS is also a great lens, I would recommend it.

But the problem is that 40mm and even 35mm is not very wide angle on crop sensor. If you have the 18-55mm kit lens, you can zoom to 35mm to see approximately what the DA 35mm will cover. If that is wide enough, go for it. If you want wider, think about the 21mm. Unfortunately, Pentax right now is missing wide angle primes between 21mm and 35mm. But there are some zooms, even budget ones. Sigma makes a decent 10-20mm I think, and there are some others as well. Zoom probably won't give you the high quality and speed of a prime lens, but it gives you a lot of flexibility on a budget.
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QuoteOriginally posted by interested_observer Quote
DA 16-45/f4 - This lens is probably the best bang for the buck around. It has been discontinued, however it covers a good range, is a replacement for the kit lens, physically its a tad larger, but it covers both the 35mm and 24mm focal lengths you are considering, while going as wide as 16mm. You can get it used around the $200 range.
I second this recommendation if you're willing to consider a zoom lens. Excellent IQ and great value, plus gets you all the way down to 16mm cheaply. Or consider trying to find a used Tamron 10-24mm, can sometimes be had for as low as $340 if you're patient enough.
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