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04-19-2009, 04:32 AM   #1
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Recommendation for landscape prime please

Could someone help a beginner choose a wide angle Pentax prime lens for landscape shooting please. I have the K20D. I shoot a lot in low light - sunrises & sunsets. I have a DA 16-45 f4 & a Sigma 10-20mm which are OK, but I'd like better IQ. I seem to shoot at about 18-20mm most of the time for landscapes. Any help appreciated.

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What image quality problems are you having with the 10-20? I am thinking about picking it up myself.
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Da 12-24 ?
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The 21mm LTD or DA14mm/2.8 would probably both fit the bill, but the 12-24 is almost as good as the 14/2.8. It's not as good as the 21mm though.

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If you prefer a zoom for the flexibility, you can do well with the DA 12-24. Check it out on my Flickr site, where I was shooting into the sun on the Elk River set of images. Not very much flare, sharp as a tack, but not as sharp as can be gotten with premium quality single focal length lenses (primes). If you shoot mostly at 18-20, as you have determined, I think you need something wider, and the DA 12-24 fits the bill. The wide angle image quality will improve quite a bit over the kit lens as well.

I have a 16x24 gallery wrap of one of the Elk River images in my sight right now, and it is nothing short of gorgeous. MPix suggest that I could print as much as 24x36 inches with the file I uploaded.

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