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10-13-2019, 01:20 AM   #31
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Like Sandy I have the 15-30 FA20mm and FA24mm, to me I just like the 24mm rendering and angle of view. You can't go too wrong with any of them. Keep in mind the size of the 15-30 if you plan on walking very far with it, along with a decent tripod and the K1 it isn't very hiker friendly. Another way might be the mighty A 15mm, rectilinear and fast enough. Manual focus is no real issue with such wide lenses although like the 15-30 you can't really use filters unless you spend lots of money on big filters and specialised filter holders. Good luck deciding.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Wheatridger Quote
As a real estate photographer, I've kept looking for the best UVA zoom in the K mount. The new DA* 11-18 is outstanding. I've been testing it for a few weeks, and it's impressively sharp and flare resistant. I plan to send it back, though- I don't need the speed or the corner-to-corner sharpness in my RE work, and I'd hesitate to haul its weight on a hike or a trip. The cost is a big factor, too. Used at 15mm on the K-1, it's the best wide zoom I've used yet. The only flaw that bothers me is barrel distortion. It's simple distortion to fix, but it's an issue.

My hate of barrel distortion is why I always come back to my Sigma EX 12-24 zoom. It's supremely slow, reaching only f4.5 at its widest. It's sharp enough, though no match for the new DA*. Flare can be a problem in long HDR exposures. But this old Sigma has almost no barrel distortion, even at its widest. These old lenses are bulky, but not heavy. They change hands for well under $500. They'd be useless for astro, and bokeh is hard to come by. But it's another choice, probably the best one for me.
I thought the 1st generation of sigma 12-24 was very soft ? 11-18 is a new lens in comparison yith this old EX so I guess price will go downwards with time.
10-18-2019, 07:02 PM   #33
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Oh my goodness! I love you guys so much. This is where Pentax truly shines. Not just in lenses and cameras, but the people who use the system. So much passion and willingness to help.

Thank you all so sooo much for your suggestions. I will indeed take another look and trial out a DFA 15-30 (thanks to all suggesting this lens)

Iíll try a DA* 11-18 since it looks incredibly sharp and resolves like no other WA Iíve seen before (thank you acoufap)

and also the suggestion of using an already top-notch lens in portrait mode for panoramics never even crossed my mind! What a great idea (thank you Rnovo). I havenít actually tried this ever before. Do you just use lightroom to stitch together? Can it be done in-camera?
The 11-18 is not full frame compatable. I have the 15-30 for my K1, and that's what you want.

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