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    The problem I think I'll have with my K5

    Which arrived today, is lenses. I put a 50-135f2.8 on it, I got a used one yesterday in anticipation, and snapped around. The quality of the images was impressive at both ends and in the middle. So impressive that when I put on a 16-45 f4, which is selling new for 234 in the UK, It seemed a little poor in comparison. It wasn't really, and for the money it's a great lens. However, it leaves me with the problem of a quality wide prime. So the debate in my head is between the 15 f4 and the 14 f2.8 and which one will approach the same quality as the 50-135, I won't mind if it surpasses it. Still in the meantime the 16-45 will suffice
    Even though I'd be warned I couldn't believe how quite it it is, I've been used to the clunk of Nikons which are now out of my life.

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    Re: The problem I think I'll have with my K5

    I am not impressed with the 15 even on my third copy. I would try the 14 2.8 before the 15.
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    Re: The problem I think I'll have with my K5

    HI David
    It really is quiet isn't it - I'm with you on the wide problem - and with Joe - the 15 isn't it. Nor is the 16-50 zoom. I have the sigma 10-20 f3.5, which isn't so bad, but needs a bit more investigation to be certain.
    My feeling is that there isn't really a Pentax lens for wider than 18mm, which is boring.

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    Hi again Jono
    Wides always seem an issue for me. The only wide I was really impressed with, since my Zeiss on Contax days, was the Nikon 14-24 f2.8. I'm not looking for a wide zoom or I'd have given the 12-24 Pentax a whirl. I find for personal shooting if I want a wide, I just want a wide. Used the Nikon as a 21mm (14mm) on a crop body, with D700 I just went to the other end of the range. Big expensive 20-24mm.
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    The DA12-24mm is the best option for wide on a Pentax. In terms of IQ it is useful from f/4 wide open, though often one would want to stop down anyway. I am not a zoom user, but this lens simply offers the best utility. 24mm on APS-C is a very useful field of view. And 12mm is wide enough for just about anything.

    It is large compared with a prime but not at all large for what it does. I always put it in my bag when travelling.


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    Re: The problem I think I'll have with my K5

    Quote Originally Posted by rparmar View Post
    The DA12-24mm is the best option for wide on a Pentax. In terms of IQ it is useful from f/4 wide open, though often one would want to stop down anyway. I am not a zoom user, but this lens simply offers the best utility. 24mm on APS-C is a very useful field of view. And 12mm is wide enough for just about anything.

    It is large compared with a prime but not at all large for what it does. I always put it in my bag when travelling.
    Robin.....that is a VERY nice shot.....well composed.....nice PP.

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    I could not get the DA15 to produce crisp images even when stopped down in my K-5.
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    I worked with the DA14/2.8 and loved it. It predates the 12-24/4 by about a year and was the reason I got into Pentax in the first place.. I had it from 2004 to 2008 and it never failed to make brilliant photos. It's kinda big and heavy but worth it.


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    Re: The problem I think I'll have with my K5

    Quote Originally Posted by DavidL View Post
    Hi again Jono
    Wides always seem an issue for me. The only wide I was really impressed with, since my Zeiss on Contax days, was the Nikon 14-24 f2.8. I'm not looking for a wide zoom or I'd have given the 12-24 Pentax a whirl. I find for personal shooting if I want a wide, I just want a wide. Used the Nikon as a 21mm (14mm) on a crop body, with D700 I just went to the other end of the range. Big expensive 20-24mm.
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    Take a look at the 18mm Zeiss ZK. They are available here in the states at Popflash Photo (I have no affiliation with them other than I bought my 18mm and 50 Macro from then when I purchased my K-5)

    Good guys to deal with. You may find a dealer in the U.K. who sells the ZK mounts but they are no longer made so the only supply I know of here in the states is from Popflash

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    Re: The problem I think I'll have with my K5

    Quote Originally Posted by Armanius View Post
    I could not get the DA15 to produce crisp images even when stopped down in my K-5.
    I had the same experience.

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    Re: The problem I think I'll have with my K5

    I may listen to Godfrey's advise again<G>. He was right on about the 43 1.9, when i was not even thinking about that lens. But, its proven to me to be a great performer.

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    Re: The problem I think I'll have with my K5

    Couple more from the infirmary at Alcatraz ...






    That's the K10D + DA14mm lens.

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    Nice Godfrey! If I were to go for WA I think it may be the 12-24 zoom. Too many 'not sharp enough' comments here for the 15mm, though apparently loved over on pentaxforums.

    In fact 12-24 + 43 (already have it) + 77 may be all I need ... (well + the 18-135 for when I am lazy or it is raining and I do lust after the 31mm but that's just blatant drooling).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sapphie View Post
    Nice Godfrey! If I were to go for WA I think it may be the 12-24 zoom. Too many 'not sharp enough' comments here for the 15mm, though apparently loved over on pentaxforums.

    In fact 12-24 + 43 (already have it) + 77 may be all I need ... (well + the 18-135 for when I am lazy or it is raining and I do lust after the 31mm but that's just blatant drooling).

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    Didnt like the 31 very much. The 12-24 is almost as good as the 14. Not a big zoom lens fan here, tho. 14, 21, 43 and 77 mm make a great kit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ecsh View Post
    I may listen to Godfrey's advise again<G>. He was right on about the 43 1.9, when i was not even thinking about that lens. But, its proven to me to be a great performer.
    Actually I was not thinking about G lenses. I was talking about the Zeiss ZK which are current Zeiss production lenses built on to the K mount. There aren't many left as Zeiss (at least claims) they will build no more for the K mount. However that may prove to be premature now that K-5 bodies are selling so well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rparmar View Post
    The DA12-24mm is the best option for wide on a Pentax. In terms of IQ it is useful from f/4 wide open, though often one would want to stop down anyway. I am not a zoom user, but this lens simply offers the best utility. 24mm on APS-C is a very useful field of view. And 12mm is wide enough for just about anything.

    It is large compared with a prime but not at all large for what it does. I always put it in my bag when travelling.


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    Whatever the lens or camera used, this is a fine image indeed
    Care to share some more shots with 12-24, Robin ?

    Thanks a lot.
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    Don't overlook the Sigma 8-16/4 for Pentax mount that has been getting superior reviews from the various pundits: Photozone, FM (reviewing for Canon mount). Obviously slow, but purportedly very sharp...translates to 12-24 for crop cameras.

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