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Wide angle

Posted 26/10/2017 - 08:49 Link
Hi hope your all well, am thinking of getting the Sigma 10-20 EX DC HSM and wondered if anyone has experience of this lens, I'll be using it on my K3?
All the best

And come him slow or come him fast it is but death who comes at last.
Posted 26/10/2017 - 09:38 Link
I have the older f4-f5.6 version and find it to be a good lens. I think I saw some speculation the constant f3.5 version was not quite as good.
Posted 26/10/2017 - 09:59 Link
Hi Brian - I picked up the older version (not the f3.5 one) a couple of months back thinking I'd give it a bit of a try then probably sell it one - but a trip to the Lake District a few weeks back revealed it to be a superb lens on my K5iis.
If you want to get an idea of what it can do then this mini Flickr album from one day in the Lake District has well over 50% of the shots taken with it...
or just one example shot:
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I'd heard the opposite to Barrie - the f3.5 is supposed to be better
Posted 26/10/2017 - 10:22 Link
I bought the fixed f3.5 version new at Christmas and have used it for about 250-300 shots this year...I really like it although it is my only ever experience of a ultra wide-angle zoom so have nothing to compare it with.

Was great for interior shots at a National Trust property...handheld and no flash and is excellent for outdoor landscapes...with one definitely need something in the foreground to lend interest or lead the eye (at 10-12mm) otherwise shots can be a bit disappointing...but this will be the same with any equivalent focal range.

I won't be selling mine (used on a K-50), so I suppose that is the acid test.


Posted 26/10/2017 - 11:30 Link
yes ...It would also get my vote. A workmanlike lens does what it preaches too.. I have used it a lot over the years..
K-1Gripped K-1 ungripped K-5ii K7 Various lenses

Posted 26/10/2017 - 12:20 Link
Another vote in favour. I don't use it a lot, but when i need it, it does the job.

K-5iiS; K-r; ME Super; ME; DA* 16-50 f2.8; DA 18-135 WR; DA 55-300 WR; HD DA 15mm F4 ED AL Limited; FA 50mm f1.4; A50mm f1.7; DAL 18-55mm; M40mm f2.8; + assorted non-Pentax lenses

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Posted 26/10/2017 - 13:18 Link
It is a great lens, no more to say about it!

"I'm here because the whiskey is free" - Tyla

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Posted 26/10/2017 - 13:54 Link
Excellent lens for the money. I've had both versions and preferred the 4-5.6 version as it's a bit more manageable in terms of size.

The filter size at 82mm for the f/3.5 is a bit of a turnoff really, so the 4-5.6 version is just perfect.
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Edited by HarisF1: 26/10/2017 - 13:54
Posted 26/10/2017 - 15:08 Link
Thanks everyone for your comments, think I will get it!
All the best

And come him slow or come him fast it is but death who comes at last.
Posted 26/10/2017 - 17:13 Link
I love it, fantastic lens, I have the 3.5. It makes a great lens for photographing people too. I'll post an example of what I mean later.
K3, K3 II, 100MM 2.8 Macro, Sigma 10-20 3.5, Sigma 17-50 2.8, Nikon D7500, Tamron 150 600 G2
Posted 28/10/2017 - 09:44 Link
I sold my Sigma when I upgraded to the HD15-30 for my K 1 but the Sigma was a very nice lens with good IQ.

However if you are not bothered about having a wide angled Zoom and a prime is also interesting to you the Pentax smc DA 14mm F2.8 ED (IF) is something else if you can find a good one I think it was the best wide angle I have ever had,mmatching the legendry Tamron 17mm SP of the 70s.

But the Sigma is a very good lens for sure
Posted 28/10/2017 - 10:12 Link
Also worth looking out for is a Sigma 12-24mm. Not quite as wide but full frame should you ever buy a K-1.

Daronl wrote:
I think it was the best wide angle I have ever had,mmatching the legendry Tamron 17mm SP of the 70s.

I have a Tamron 17mm SP somewhere, may try and find it and give it a go on the K-1.
Posted 28/10/2017 - 10:43 Link
Thanks all but donít see me going full frame as the K3 does everything I need and is still better than me!! Going to order one from Wex on Monday I think.
All the best

And come him slow or come him fast it is but death who comes at last.
Posted 30/10/2017 - 19:40 Link
Jumping in late! I owned the fixed f3.5 for a while, bought it new and it was a cracker of a lens! The fixed f3.5 has an 82mm filter thread and the variable aperture was 72mm from memory. If I was to buy another I'd buy the cheaper variable aperture as I never used it under f8!
Gareth Williams ARPS

My outfit: K1ii - Pentax D FA 24-70mm f2.8 - Pentax DA* 300mm f4 - Pentax modified DA* 60-250mm f4 - Irix 15mm Firefly - Pentax FA 35mm - FA 50mm f1.4 - Tamron SP 90mm macro - Pentax AF 540 FGZ II

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