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02-05-2014, 02:41 AM   #1
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Does anyone own the 08 Wide-angle zoom?

I love my Q7 (and the Q before it) and am constantly delighted at the image quality which this little camera is capable of delivering. I have the 01, 02 and 06 lenses, and I am just about to pull the trigger on the 08 wide-angle zoom, but I cannot find any reviews on it. Does anyone out there own this lens, and if so, are they able to give me some indication of how good it is? If it's on a par with the other (non-toy) Q-mount lenses. I would be very happy to buy one (and I promise to review it for PF).

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Don't own it but I want it. I haven't really heard much on it. Given it's price and build, I'd assume it is on par with the non-toy lenses.
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QuoteOriginally posted by geomez Quote
Given it's price and build, I'd assume it is on par with the non-toy lenses.
I'm assuming that too, but it would be nice to have some confirmation. Maybe I'll get it anyway and post my own review.
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See here - https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/136-pentax-q/247993-08-wide-zoom.html

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Thanks Jezza - I did a search for 08 on the forum, but couldn't find anything. From the test chart shots it looks plenty sharp enough. Excuse me now, I'm off to order the lens
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no worries, unfortunately the q numbered lenses can be a bit hard to search for on forums
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Pentax 08

Buy it. I have an 08 and think it's an excellent performer. It's also great to have something that wide yet so much smaller than the DA 12-24 on APS-C. Rain has kept me from getting some shots worth posting here, but I will provide some soon.
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I've got it and I certainly find it worth the price.

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There's been one user review of note, as far as I know, discussed already this this thread:

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/136-pentax-q/246843-36-exposure-review-pe...zoom-lens.html

Or go to it directly here:

My 36 exposures review of the Pentax-08 Wide Zoom Lens for Pentax Q7
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Thanks everyone for your kind help. I've ordered mine, and it should be with me tomorrow.
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congrats i am jealous

id love it, but bit hard to justify when I already have a Sigma 10-20mm on the DSLR
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There are 2 reviews for it on B&H. See here: Pentax 3.8-5.9mm f/3.7-4 Zoom Lens for Q Mount Cameras 22827 B&H

To quote one of the reviewers

"Best Q lens so far.

Virtually no barrel distortion, which is an issue with other Q lenses. Sharp across the frame and a very wide zoom range."
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My word, this little lens is sharp enough!
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I plan on picking up the 08, once I sell my Pentax flash and my 14mm m4/3 lens. I think I'll have the lens sold today (I have two interested buyers).

I'm also hoping to see another $399 Pentax deal come up. Pentax ran that deal twice during the holidays.
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I ordered one discounted during holidays but it's been back-ordered.

Apparently stores like B&H or Adorama get stock but their own webstore gets shafted? <grrrr>
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