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Pentax smc DA 12-24mm f/4 ED AL (IF) Lens 35mm Zoom

5 star rating
                      5 / 5 (3 Reviews)
MSRP : $699.95
Focal Length : 12mm - 24mm | Max. Aperture : f/4  | Focus : Autofocus  

  • Camera Format35 mm SLR
    Lens TypeZoom Lens
    Focal Length12mm - 24mm
    Lens Max Aperturef/4
    Min Aperturef/22
    Focus TypeAutofocus
    Macro LensWithout Macro Lens
    Closest Focusing Distance12 in
    Diaphragm Blades8 Blades
    Picture Angle61 - 99 degrees
    Attachment / Filter Size77 mm
    Groups / Elements13 Elements in 11 Groups
    Diameter3.3 in
    Weight15.2 oz
    Product ID28148071

Product Description

The Pentax ultra wide-angle DA 12-24mm zoom epitomizes versatility. It gives a 99 degree maximum angle of view and near macro capability for more true-to-life image reproduction. It is the ideal choice for wide-angle photographers who want the maximum angle of view possible in a non-fisheye lens. With Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass lens element and two aspherical lens elements, the lens offers more true-to-life image reproduction. The image circle in DA-series lenses is designed to perfectly match the 23.5mm x 15.7mm size of the CCD used in Pentax digital SLRs to optimize camera performance. The new design also contributes to a drastic reduction in size, weight and production cost, compared to 35mm-format counterparts with similar specifications.

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by hikenhi1979@gmail.com a Expert

Date Reviewed: March 23, 2011

Strengths:    Very crisp images--Try to keep your F stop above f8 for best results or use a Tripod if you need to achieve that in low light conditions. Well constructed lens.

Weaknesses:    The lens has a hard time locking with the auto focuss even with the K-7. No Weather Proofing or SDM focuss like my crown jewel Pentax 16-50 DA* lens.

Bottom Line:   
When you just pick the lens up and feel the weight of the lens and it's quality feel you know that this lens is worth the MSRP of $900. It produces awesome, undistorted landscape pictures. I used it on my K-10D for many years but know use it on my K-7. I think that I use this lens for about 80% of what I shoot because of it's extended 20 degrees of view that it has over my 16-50mm DA* which I which they made a 12-24mm DA* for this lens.

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   Boots Camera of Fres

Similar Products Used:   Pentax 16-50mm DA*

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by markdpace a Expert

Date Reviewed: March 1, 2007

Strengths:    Incredible sharpness, resolution and distortion control at all apertures. Light-weight, yet feels fairly solid.

Weaknesses:    Slight corner softness at 12mm setting, which gets well under control by f8 and is not present at any aperture in 14-24mm range.

Bottom Line:   
This lens is the sharpest and most distortion-free of all 35mm format wide-angle lenses I've ever used. Its resolution is simply awesome and light distribution is very even across the frame plane - no darkened corners and no need for ND center-point correction filters. It leaves Tamron SP 17mm far behind and in 16-24mm range it outperforms the Pentax DA 16-45mm by a huge margin. Flare is truly well controlled and if you think that DA 16-45mm has flare under control, try this one! Well worth every penny I paid for it!

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $738.00

Purchased At:   Amazon.com

Similar Products Used:   Tamron SP 17mm, Sigma 18-35mm, Pentax DA 16-45mm, Voightlander 12mm

Type of photography:   Fine Art

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by danag42 a Professional

Date Reviewed: August 9, 2006

Strengths:    Low distortion, low CA, very sharp for a zoom.

Weaknesses:    Lens hood is HUGE, but I suppose there's no avoiding that with a super-wide.

Bottom Line:   
This lens is amazingly sharp, especially for a zoom. Distortion is so well controlled that correction in Photoshop is really not necessary, pretty amazing for a super-wide zoom.
CA very well controlled, and the constant f/4 apeture is a plus, especially when using studio flash with a flash meter.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $695.00

Purchased At:   B&H

Similar Products Used:   Pentax 16-45mm f/4 zoom, primes from various manufacturers, an ancient K 45-125 zoom (hard to find those!) and some of the Pentax Limited series.

Type of photography:   Other

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