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02-04-2020, 10:48 AM   #16
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a camera with IBIS needs a lens that provides good image quality over a 47.4 mm circle because that's how far the sensor might wander.
really interesting! never knew this - thanks!

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When I got my k1, I sold off my k7, so I am shooting both crop and FF. It sounds pompous of me, but Iíve never been blown away by 3rd party lenses. I have considered the Tamron (I believe) 15-30 instead of the Pentax, but Iíd rather spend a little more and get the 1st party.
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The Tamron branded 15-30 isn't available in k-mount, so it's Pentax or not with that one.
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Your choice really depends on what angles you want to achieve and what are your additional demands like maybe WR, build and IQ quality and maybe not too heavy and ability to attach filters via filter thread?!

I decided to go for the DA*11-18 and I'm happy with it since it fullfills all my current demands ...

It gives me UWA flexibility in FF mode (FF mode: 15-18mm, with Haida M10 filter system 17/18mm; Square mode: 12-18mm, 14-18 mm with Haida M10 filter system) and with APSC (11-18mm without restriction). Something you even can't get with the DFA15-30.

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i would wait a few weeks and see if anything new is announced. 24mm is pretty wide... i find that the low end of 15-30 is sometimes too wide, and i'm more of a prime person... so it usually sits at home. there are also zeiss wa primes that can be pretty similar in price/cheaper than the fa 24mm. iq across the 24, 15-30, and zeiss lenses are pretty similar (i don't know how much better the hollywood lens is though, it's a 28)
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If 24mm is enough for you you can also get the D FA 24-70mm which is also weather sealed. I think the Tamron 15-30mm is a beast but not one for casual shooters because of it's size (apart from cost). But if you are willing to lug it around it is really the best option.
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QuoteOriginally posted by bikehead90 Quote
I have been pining over the DFA 15-30 for awhile and will be getting it by the end of the year. However, the prices of the fa* 24mm/2 are acting as the sirenís song, luring me away from the ultimate prize. While itís not as wide as the 15-30, would the 24mm be a satisfying alternative?
fa* 24mm/2 and Irix 15mm ? The Irix is a fabulous lens, IMO. It is an essential piece of kit for me. The 15-30 is just tooooo big.
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The 20-35 is reported to be a wonderful lens...if you can find one at a reasonable price. Small, compact, and excellent results. For wider, and not expensive, 17-28 is enjoyable to use. Or for more exotic...28mm Pentax shift lens!

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To the contrary of what has been said in some posts above about it, the 2.0/24 mm is a portrait lens and not one for landscapes. You will be better of with nearly any other 24 mm or one of the proposed zooms. If you look mainly for a lens for astrophpotography I would really support to get an IRIX or Samyang with 24 mm or less.

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The 20-35 is reported to be a wonderful lens...if you can find one at a reasonable price. Small, compact, and excellent results. For wider, and not expensive, 17-28 is enjoyable to use. Or for more exotic...28mm Pentax shift lens!
I donít know why I never considered the 20-35. It looks to perform just what I want/need, and cost half of what the 15-30 does, with the added benefit of being cheaper/more affordable filters. Please donít kill me, but Iím adding the the FA 20mm to this question. I like shooting primes and I use the FA* 28-70 on a regular basis, so Iím wondering if I need a zoom that gets covered by one of my favorite FF lenses.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Papa_Joe Quote
To the contrary of what has been said in some posts above about it, the 2.0/24 mm is a portrait lens and not one for landscapes. You will be better of with nearly any other 24 mm or one of the proposed zooms. If you look mainly for a lens for astrophpotography I would really support to get an IRIX or Samyang with 24 mm or less.

Pentax SMC-FA* 24mm f/2 AL [IF] - Review / Lab Test Report - Analysis
Considering that landscapes are often shot at f8 or more I didn't see anything wrong in that days. The edge performed at very good level at f8.
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If you enjoy your FA* 28-70 and don't feel strongly about weather resistance, the FA 20/2.8 would be an excellent complimentary ultra-wide. It's remarkably small - almost a pancake. I have been very happy with both copies I have owned.









And I tend to agree that the FA* 24/2.0 is more of an environmental portrait lens. At wide apertures it has almost a soft-focus filter glow to it.







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QuoteOriginally posted by bikehead90 Quote
I donít know why I never considered the 20-35. It looks to perform just what I want/need, and cost half of what the 15-30 does, with the added benefit of being cheaper/more affordable filters. Please donít kill me, but Iím adding the the FA 20mm to this question. I like shooting primes and I use the FA* 28-70 on a regular basis, so Iím wondering if I need a zoom that gets covered by one of my favorite FF lenses.
Before the K-1 arrived I was looking at either the FA20/2.8 or FA*24/2 - both were hard to find and expensive. The 24/2 looked quite a lump. Due to the costs involved I played it safe with an FA20-35 which has hardly been off the K-1 since I bought it (even pushing my 43 off). It's such a versatile lens (although it is a bit plasticky).

Filters on the 15-30 are not only expensive but huge with it. One user on the UK forum bought a 15-30 but sold it almost immediately, because it was too big and heavy and the focus ring runs in the opposite direction.
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I've have the Sigma 10-20mm I've used for a few years on my K5lls & K3ll and have been well pleased with it's performance. Being on a poor mans budget for full frame I just picked up a Sigma 17-35mm Ex Dg for my K1 mkll so I am looking forward to seeing how well that one works.
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If you enjoy your FA* 28-70 and don't feel strongly about weather resistance, the FA 20/2.8 would be an excellent complimentary ultra-wide. It's remarkably small - almost a pancake. I have been very happy with both copies I have owned.

And I tend to agree that the FA* 24/2.0 is more of an environmental portrait lens. At wide apertures it has almost a soft-focus filter glow to it.

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I would like WR, but itís not a steadfast requirement. What do you mean about ďenvironmental portrait lensĒ? Also, is the 24 more on the soft-end of the spectrum?
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