What Digital Camera UK group tested UWA zooms


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Pentax came up top in image quality! But they hated the colour scheme on the lens body.

Pentax DA 12-24mm f4.0 19 (out of 20)
Carl Zeiss T* 16-35mm f2.8 18
Olympus Zuiko 9-18mm f4..0-5.6 17
Sony DT 11-18 f4.5-5.6 17
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f3.5-4.5 17
Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm f4.0 17
 

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Coincidentally I was looking at the DA12-24 reviews in PentaxForums today. Very good reviews, especially in terms of its sharpness, distortion control and CA. Touted to match primes which is really admirable given that its a UWA zoom. Very reasonably priced compared to C&N counterparts. Only thing is that the built may not be that fantastic and it's quite huge, especially with the hood. Else, I am so tempted to buy. Lol.
 

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From reviews, it is said to out perform the DA14mm. The fact that it is a zoom makes it worth the extra few hundred $ over the DA14. Even Photozone is impressed with its performance.
 

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Pentax came up top in image quality! But they hated the colour scheme on the lens body.

Pentax DA 12-24mm f4.0 19 (out of 20)
Carl Zeiss T* 16-35mm f2.8 18
Olympus Zuiko 9-18mm f4..0-5.6 17
Sony DT 11-18 f4.5-5.6 17
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f3.5-4.5 17
Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm f4.0 17
link? pic?

haha maybe the samsung version has a better colour scheme? :devil:
 

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Don't undermine the DA14mm f2.8, a len among the limited though it's not .... and it's very good to use for extreme low-light, conditions much more reliable tham the 31mm f1.8 but of course both lens are of different league and purpose..

If I am not wong, DA14mm f2.8 is the best among the rests, of the same league please correct me, if I am wong.
 

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Pentax came up top in image quality! But they hated the colour scheme on the lens body.

Pentax DA 12-24mm f4.0 19 (out of 20)
Carl Zeiss T* 16-35mm f2.8 18
Olympus Zuiko 9-18mm f4..0-5.6 17
Sony DT 11-18 f4.5-5.6 17
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f3.5-4.5 17
Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm f4.0 17
no third party lenses? :eek::eek::eek:
 

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No, they only tested those listed. They may have tested 3rd party lenses in previous issues, but I am not too sure.
 

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Don't undermine the DA14mm f2.8, a len among the limited though it's not .... and it's very good to use for extreme low-light, conditions much more reliable tham the 31mm f1.8 but of course both lens are of different league and purpose..

If I am not wong, DA14mm f2.8 is the best among the rests, of the same league please correct me, if I am wong.
From some reviews I had read, the DA12-24 seems to be optically equivalent or superior to the DA14.
 

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Coincidentally I was looking at the DA12-24 reviews in PentaxForums today. Very good reviews, especially in terms of its sharpness, distortion control and CA. Touted to match primes which is really admirable given that its a UWA zoom. Very reasonably priced compared to C&N counterparts. Only thing is that the built may not be that fantastic and it's quite huge, especially with the hood. Else, I am so tempted to buy. Lol.
Seldom use the hood one ... can keep it in the box. You'll be using your lens with GNDs, NDs that you'll not need the hood. I have not got much flare issues with this lens unlike the Sigma 10-20.
 

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no third party lenses? :eek::eek::eek:
Browsed August issue in Borders, they tested Sigma 12-24, Tamron 10-24, Tokina 12-24 and maybe 1 more. Sigma 12-24 had highest overall score 91-92%, Tokina and the other lens tied at 87-88%, Tamron 10-24 the lowest approx. 83%.

Overall score in September issue
Pentax DA 12-24mm f4.0 - 91%
Carl Zeiss T* 16-35mm f2.8 - 91%
Olympus Zuiko 9-18mm f4..0-5.6 - 87%
Sony DT 11-18 f4.5-5.6 - 84%
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f3.5-4.5 - 89%
Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm f4.0 - 87%
 

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Browsed August issue in Borders, they tested Sigma 12-24, Tamron 10-24, Tokina 12-24 and maybe 1 more. Sigma 12-24 had highest overall score 91-92%, Tokina and the other lens tied at 87-88%, Tamron 10-24 the lowest approx. 83%.

Overall score in September issue
Pentax DA 12-24mm f4.0 - 91%
Carl Zeiss T* 16-35mm f2.8 - 91%
Olympus Zuiko 9-18mm f4..0-5.6 - 87%
Sony DT 11-18 f4.5-5.6 - 84%
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f3.5-4.5 - 89%
Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm f4.0 - 87%
tokina 11-16mm f2.8 or sigma 10-20mm (new or old) perhaps?

will drop by to have a read
 

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Browsed August issue in Borders, they tested Sigma 12-24, Tamron 10-24, Tokina 12-24 and maybe 1 more. Sigma 12-24 had highest overall score 91-92%, Tokina and the other lens tied at 87-88%, Tamron 10-24 the lowest approx. 83%.

Overall score in September issue
Pentax DA 12-24mm f4.0 - 91%
Carl Zeiss T* 16-35mm f2.8 - 91%
Olympus Zuiko 9-18mm f4..0-5.6 - 87%
Sony DT 11-18 f4.5-5.6 - 84%
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f3.5-4.5 - 89%
Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm f4.0 - 87%
thanks.

that's interesting, no sigma 10-20?
 

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Browsed August issue in Borders, they tested Sigma 12-24, Tamron 10-24, Tokina 12-24 and maybe 1 more. Sigma 12-24 had highest overall score 91-92%, Tokina and the other lens tied at 87-88%, Tamron 10-24 the lowest approx. 83%.

Overall score in September issue
Pentax DA 12-24mm f4.0 - 91%
Carl Zeiss T* 16-35mm f2.8 - 91%
Olympus Zuiko 9-18mm f4..0-5.6 - 87%
Sony DT 11-18 f4.5-5.6 - 84%
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f3.5-4.5 - 89%
Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm f4.0 - 87%
Corrections to the results in August issue.
Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6 EX DC HSM - 92%
Tokina SD 12-24mm f4 (IF) DX AT-X PRO - 88%
Sigma 12-24mm f4.5-5.6 EX DC HSM - 88%
Tamron SP AF 10-24mm f3.5-4.5 Di II LD IF - 83%

Tokina 12-24 weakest at 12mm f4 while Pentax weakest at 24mm f4, different shape of graphs.
 

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Damn, I just NEED to get me self an ultrawide... :embrass:
 

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Waiting waiting for a DA* 11-18 :D
 

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