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08-31-2014, 01:59 PM   #1
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Recommendation for wide angle

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Is there anything available which would be a wide lens on the Pentax Q10? I currently have a K-r and when I go on trips I want to be able to take the Q with roughly similar lenses instead.

I see there is a Q wide zoom but it is way out of my price range. As far as I can see the 110 lenses are all normal - tele lenses on the Q.

Is there anything anyone would recommend?

Thanks

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You're pretty much limited to either the 08 wide zoom or the 5-15mm kit lens, which is somewhat wide at 5mm. There's also the fisheye lens

In any case, bigger formats do wide-angle photography better no matter how you look at it.

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You're pretty much limited to either the 08 wide zoom or the 5-15mm kit lens, which is somewhat wide at 5mm. There's also the fisheye lens

In any case, bigger formats do wide-angle photography better no matter how you look at it.
Thanks. I am going to Belgium in October and am just taking hand luggage so was hoping I could take the Q10 and a few lenses to make up a decent kit. I have a Sigma 8-16mm and just don't think I would manage without something similar!

You are right about the larger formats being better but it would be a compromise for not having to take a c.500g lens!
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A year ago, I was up at the Grand Canyon shooting and my K5 (mirror motor) went out. I happened to have the Q and it shot very nicely. I stitched using the 5-15, and also the kit lens as I remember.Microsoft ICE is free, and stitches just fine (in either TIFF or JPG).


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A year ago, I was up at the Grand Canyon shooting and my K5 (mirror motor) went out. I happened to have the Q and it shot very nicely. I stitched using the 5-15, and also the kit lens as I remember.Microsoft ICE is free, and stitches just fine (in either TIFF or JPG).
That seems like a good plan. I largely use the 8-16mm for the insides of churches/ cathedrals etc. I've not tried the 5-15mm yet but will see if I can get the same types of shots before I go!
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I've seen many nice pics with the Fisheye, some people here really mastered the lens. It's not for everything though.
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That seems like a good plan. I largely use the 8-16mm for the insides of churches/ cathedrals etc. I've not tried the 5-15mm yet but will see if I can get the same types of shots before I go!
The problem with comparing the 8-16 to the 5-15 is the sensor crop, which on the Q is 5.5x, which makes the 5-15 a 135mm equivalent of 27.5-82.5. You would need a Q equivalent of a 1.4 - 2.9mm

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Possible tangent-have you considered getting a Q7? I've always been a wide-angle nut -- as a pro one of my (two) standard rigs was an LX with the grid focusing screen and the 20 f4. (The other was an LX with the 135 1.8). I've been a Q fan from the beginning, but I have to say getting a Q7 this summer was a revelation! The 01 is now roughly a 39 (35mm film equivalent) slightly wide normal; the 02 is now a 23 ultra wide! The 02 bored me on the Q; I gave two away to my wife and daughter. LOVE the 02 on the Q7.

I thought hard about this during the spring; I went back and forth between buying the 08 for my two Q bodies, or getting a Q7. Ended up going with the Q7 first; glad I did. Gonna get the 08 next, though....

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Fizzyvimto, get the fisheye. It is cheap. If you love ultra wides you need a FE any way. It can be de fished when needed. I also have the Sigma 8-16 and love it.
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+1 for the Q7 with 02 and 03 for a good wide solution, I am off the Europe today with only my Q7 & 02, 03, 06 and a Canon S100, DSLR's are staying home
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get the rainbow/spacecom 3.5mm f/1.6 should give you a nice wide angle.
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I have been using the 03 fisheye lens as my wide angle lens. It's not perfect and it takes some practice to get a feel for. I make sure any horizons are centered in the frame. Otherwise, they will bend upward or downward to follow the barrel distortion. Vertical objects, like trees, in the corners are a lost cause. They will be distorted no matter what. I crop my images from the 4:3 ratio to 3:2 ratio for my 4" x 6" prints.


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If your willing to crop the center then you will be pleasantly surprised that the 03 makes for a decent macro / close-focus lens too! Just watch that barrel distortion.
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