I've seen and tested both lenses, both felt quite good, and both have 77mm front thread. I haven't heard of any problem about using a normal filter on either one. The DA14 does feel better, but the 12-24 feels very good too, better if not the same as the 16-45.
For a travel lens, I'd say the 12-24 is a better buy. You'd need the zoom for the versatility and the extra 2mm comes in handy when needed, and believe me, when you are in EU, you want a lens as wide as possible.
Sometimes you want a longer lens too when shooting at those beautiful buildings, so don't forget to bring along your 24-90
If decide to buy the 12-24 from abroad, you'd better do it quick. Just in case you can't get it before the big day comes
it was a steal at 700.:bsmilie:
u probably need to fork out 880 at the shops like CP n AP.
its a normal B+W filter i suppose.
12-24 is probably more versatile. but btw the 2, i would stil go for a 14mm. 10-17 probably got too much distortion for my taste. And the 14mm can focus up to 4cm.