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05-24-2011, 08:55 PM   #1
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Any recommendation on wide lens for my K-x

Hi all Pentaxians:

I'm just an amateur photographer and have fallen in love with Pentax for about a year and a half. I used Canon before but sold everything I had and moved to Pentax permanently.

I love traveling and would like to have one wide lens with me to capture the beautiful lanscapes and architecture. Can you suggest nice lens (not high price with OK performance) for me??

If possible, please also show a few samples taken with the lens too. Thank you so much!

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05-24-2011, 08:57 PM   #2
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Just to clarify... I want a zoom lens not fixed lens. Thank you.
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I have a Sigma 10-20mm f/4 and I like it. They show up on ebay and here from time to time. Seems to sell around $400 usd.

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That's the DA 12-24mm on the right


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Can't go far wrong with the Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM. Solid performer at a reasonable price. And the extra 2mm (comapred to the Pentax 12-21) can sometimes be very handy.
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Thank you guys for good advice. I have also heard of both Pentax 12-24 and Sigma 10-20. Will check the price with the shop first.
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Chances are the Sigma has a much longer warranty. Here in Canada the Sigma 10-20 comes with a 10 year manufactures warranty - whereas the Pentax only comes with 2 years warranty. An extra 2mm may not sound like much but it is considerably wider than the 12-24.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Qiki Quote
Can't go far wrong with the Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM. Solid performer at a reasonable price. And the extra 2mm (comapred to the Pentax 12-21) can sometimes be very handy.
+1, 10mm is fun. Sigma 10-20 shot from last weekend trip

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I live in Singapore and Pentax products are quite rare here. I am not so sure about warranty but I think it will be less than 2 years. Anybody know the price of these two lenses in other parts of the world?? I am traveling to Hong Kong in July. I think it may be cheaper in Hong Kong. Any idea??
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When I last checked (coincidently for Sigma 10-20), both HK & Dubai were expensive compared to Singapore. You may want to check market forum if you are not looking for new.
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There's also a SIGMA 8-16 ultrawide, still rectilinear, which I am eyeing.
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I will suggest the Tamron 10-24. The two versions of the Sigma 10-20 get more love, but the comments I've seen indicate that some users try and return 2-3-4 copies, before being satisfied. I haven't seen such comments about the Pentax 12-24, but it is also a rather more expensive lens. Anyway, I got my Tam10-24 new with a US$100 rebate so it cost me US$375 total, and I am quite happy with it. I *could* have bought a used Sigma 10-20 (old version) for a bit less, but I didn't really want to try my luck on a used lens model with known QC problems.

I have bought many many used manual primes (many for resale), a few new AF zooms (which I have kept), and a few more used AF zooms (some for resale). I like cheap lenses. If I have problems with a cheap lens, I can absorb the loss. I have a few not-so-cheap lenses. I do NOT want to absorb the loss on a problematic expensive lens. I will suggest that if buying a not-so-cheap lens, new or used, that you make sure you can return the lens if it problematic.
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You need low/no cost return privileges for any expensive that you buy without being able to examine it first. While the Sigma may be more notorious than some, many Pentax lenses (such as the 55-300DA I bought) also have quality control problems.

My experience has been that for issues like decentering, unless the issue is just incredibly obvious, there is really no value to a warranty at all, because the manufacturer will just claim that the lens is within tolerances. And they may insist that you send in your camera(s) along with the lens for months of testing, even when the same problem occurs with more than one body. So your only real defense against initial defects is the return policy. Obviously if a problem develops later (focusing motor, for example), that might be a case where the warranty would be helpful, and where the manufacturer could successfully repair the lens.

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tibbitts is quite right. For expensive new lenses, buy from a major dealer with a no-questions return policy. And read user reviews to make sure that they HONOR their return policy.
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