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Pentax smc DA 12-24mm f/4 ED AL (IF) Lens 35mm Zoom
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.
Submitted by firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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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