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02-25-2014, 03:41 PM   #1
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Good inexpensive super wide angle lens for landscapes

Hi,

I'm looking to get a relatively inexpensive super wide angle lens for some landscapes and was just wondering if anybody had any suggestions. I own a K-30.

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02-25-2014, 03:57 PM   #2
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The rokinon or samyang 14mm f2.8 might fit the bill.

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02-25-2014, 04:01 PM   #3
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I think the first thing you have to indicate is how wide do you want. Your options for sub 28 mm are going to be quite different to sub 20mm for example (and based on your answer I might be able to point you to other similar discussions on said topic)
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What is 'relatively inexpensive'? Any guidelines? 'super wide angle'?

I have the Sigma 8-16 and the Pentax 15mm and love them both, but neither is cheap. To me you need to go below 12mm for 'super' wide angle but your definition may vary.

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Of course, what is "relatively inexpensive?" I've been very happy with my Sigma 10-20 f4-5.6, have a look at the reviews here at PentaxForums. It seems that any worthy ultra-wide lens will be a little pricey, and my lens, while available used, hasn't lost much value.
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Adam is correct. Good cheap superwides are rare.

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If you want wider than 14mm, spend enough to get a Sigma 8-16.
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Hey, welcome!

Zenitar 16mm (manual Soviet lens, think its still in production, manual and not very good wide open, but works when stopped down)
Samyang 14mm 2.8, Samyang 16mm f2.0 (no AF, but allows Av and P mode. Good image quality)
Tamron 10-24mm
Sigma 10-20mm

These are the preferred budget (ultra) wide angle options.
More expensive options are the Pentax DA 14mm, Pentax DA 15mm ltd, Pentax DA 10-17mm fisheye, Pentax 12-24mm, Sigma 18-35mm, Sigma 8-16mm

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Na Horuk has a pretty good break down, there, but I will suggest a DA 16-45 as well. Not THAT wide, but inexpensive and very good.

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The Tamron 10-24 is probably as cheap as you will get on a super wide angle and autofocus lens. Plus it is quite decent on IQ. I only sold my copy after I got the SIgma 8-16.
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2nd vote for a Tammy 10-24 very low distortion for a wide angle lens and sharp
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Thanks a lot for the answers guys! Think ill probably go with the tamron 10-24
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By the way, you can also take landscape photos with DA 35mm f2.4. Not really wide angle, I know, but it is significantly wider than a 50mm. And you can try stitching in software, making a panorama.
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