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11-16-2012, 08:36 PM   #1
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WA lens to buy for K5??

Dear Pentaxians,

I have spent a stupid amount of time reading reviews on WA and UWA lenses to buy for my K5. I own a Tamron 17-50 mm f2.8 which is a very nice lens but I want something wider for landscape and architecture. I think I have read just about everything one can read on the web about the Pentax 12-24mm, the two Sigma 10-20mm and the Tamron 10-24mm. The Tamron is very affordable at $450.00 in Toronto and the same at B&H in NYC (where I am going in a couple of weeks). The Pentax 12-24mm is $729 which is far cheaper than I can buy in Toronto. The Sigma 10-20mm 3.5 is $600 at B&H and the older, slower 10-20mm at $479. I just spent a good amount of time reading reviews on this site about the Pentax 15mm Limited lens. I'm really impressed with many of the photos people posted on this thread. I have a 70mm Limited lens and I think it is the best lens I own. I also have a Pentax DA* 60-250, but I would take the Limited 70mm over the zoom at 70mm. It is simply superb.

Obviously, these zoom lenses offer a wider shot than the 15mm. But I want image quality and colour that is noticeable and excites me as a photographer when I view my finished product. The Pentax DA 15mm Limited is not cheap and sells for $646.95 at B&H and costs more here in Toronto. I see that many ppl on the thread evaluating the 15mm paid $450-550. I can only presume these are used lenses at these prices.

Although I don't post many comments, I really respect the discussions on this website. It usually doesn't have the 'yahoo' comments you get on Amazon or other photography oriented websites where it seems that ppl who post comments know very little about taking photos or evaluating equipment.

So, the question is - of the five lenses: Pentax 12-24mm, the two Sigmas, the Tamron and the Pentax 15mm Limited - what lens should I buy?

Thanks.

11-16-2012, 11:57 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum. I think you'll get more response to your question if you post it in either the Pentax Beginners Corner or the Lens forum.
11-17-2012, 03:39 AM   #3
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Welcome, eaglem is correct about asking about lenses in the other categories. The DA15 on the K5 in my opinion is for the win, it is the one I chose and I love it and if you like your DA70 you too already know what is to like about the Limiteds. Also according to another member, Adam, you can phone B&H and often negotiate a lower price than what is officially listed.
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Hi, and thanks for your response. I'm not sure how to post it in that forum. BTW, what do you think of your Sigma 10-20mm? Is it the 3.5 or the older model?

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Why didn't somebody just move the thread for the OP, because now we have two duplications of the same original pots?
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