DA 12-24mm vs Sigma and Tamron 10-24mm Comparison

The Bottom Line

Pentax 12-24mm Sigma 12-24mm Tamron 10-24mm
8.8 9.0 8.5
Quality/Value Solid Performer Affordable Alternative 
$699.95 $829.00 $499.95*


It has been said that you get what you pay for. Sometimes you’re surprised by life and you get more than what you pay for but most of the time the saying is true. In reviewing these three lenses, we found that the adage applies; you really do get what you pay for. The hard part is trying to figure out how much you want to spend.

If you have an unlimited lens budget, the Sigma DG 12-24 f/4.5-5.6 is the perfect choice. The lens has the least barrel distortion, vignetting, chromatic aberration, and is reasonably sharp. Why wouldn’t you buy a lens that already addresses some of the major problems of ultra-wide angle zooms?

However, if you are trying to get the best lens on a limited budget then the Pentax DA 12-24mm f/4 is the ideal choice. The lens is sharp and fast, which makes it great for interior views. The negatives that the lens brings to the party, such as barrel distortion, and chromatic aberration, can be corrected if necessary with software.

On the other hand, if your budget is the driving issue, then the Tamron SP AF 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 is more than adequate in most situations. The lens is sharp if you stop down and it is the widest of the all the lenses in the review. In the areas where the lens does not excel, they can be corrected with software.

If you end up picking up one of these lenses, we'd like to invite you to post your own review in our Pentax user lens review section!  We'd like to thank B&H Photo for providing us with the lenses reviewed, J.D. Hogan for writing the review, and PentaxForums.com for sponsoring it.

Update: In May, 2012 we also reviewed the Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 and Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6.  See the 5-way comparison here!

Tamron Rebate

*A note to potential buyers: As mentioned previously in this review, the Tamron SP AF 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 lens is currently eligible for a $50.00 rebate. This rebate is in effect until the end of the April, 2012, and brings the total price to $449.00 at B&H Photo.

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