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

Manufacturer Pentax
Model smc DA 12-24 mm f/4 ED AL (IF)
Lens style Wide angle zoom
Focal length 12 - 24 mm
Maximum aperture f/4
Angle of view 99 - 61 o
Closest focusing distance 0.3 m
Maximum magnification 1:8.3
Minimum aperture 22
Number of diaphragm blades 0
Auto focus type AF
Lens Construction 13 elements / 11 groups
Filter diameter 77 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Pentax K
Dimensions 84 x 87.5 mm
Weight 430 g
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Owners reviews (3)
  1. Will Zégal
    Will Zégal 16 August 2013, 12:14
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    IP 86.214.x.x
    Owner since: 4 years
    Price: 512
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Plastic everywhere. Not ugly, but not nice looking. Huge lens hood (no choice for such a wide angle). Slow focusing in very low light (with K10D and K5 as well). Fousing ring to small and loos. Expensive filters due to front lens diameter. A bit bulky due to it's diameter and lens hood side. I wish it had a larger aperture, but it would have been paid by a much larger diameter.

    Pros: Great view angle (like 16-36 mm in 35mm / FF body). Excellent optical quality : great sharpness, colors and contrast, low flare and fringes and distortion at all focals

    Summary: I couldn't have afford it at list price, but I'm happy I had a bargain (about 600 €). That's my preferred lens. I may take 80 % of my pictures with it (I also often use a 35 F/2,4, a 50 F/1,7 and a Tarmon DI 90 Macro.). Contrary to what's often said, a good polarizing filter is a good companion to it (I bought a Marumi, thanks to Lenstip review). This lens is the best choice for indoors, small spaces and street photography. Except a tilt-shift, it probably the best lens you can have for architecture pictures. It's also worth with landscapes and coverage of evens with large crowds. When you master wide angle, you can take amazing sport pictures. Anyway, it fits so many situations that I ask myself how I could deal without it.

  2. Statiefje
    Statiefje 17 June 2011, 10:43
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    IP 80.254.x.x
    Owner since: 3 years
    Price: ca. 700 eu
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Autofocus ring to loose. Huge lenshood (but that's the price of the 12mm focal length). No WR sealing.

    Pros: Very decent build quality. Superb sharpnes, color and contrast. Very low distortion at all focal lengths. Reliable autofocus.

    Summary: Very nice lens for architecture photograpy, thanks to the very low distortion and exellent sharpness, even at F4. On my K5 the autofocus works fine, even in low light. It works slightly better than on the K20D.

  3. Graham Dyke
    Graham Dyke 7 April 2010, 12:49
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    IP 195.212.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: £455
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Focusing hunting in low light. No focus at all in low contrast areas. Manual focus ring too loose. Ridiculus price £750-£1000.

    Pros: Great colour. Great Contrast. Nice and sharp in centre and edges. Good build quality.

    Summary: I loved the sharpness, colour and contrast of this lens and the build quality is fine. I recently sold the lens because I was irritated with its inability to focus on any areas with less than high contrast. It all just takes too long. I paid £450 for this lens over 2 years ago, I sold it and made a good proffit. The price of Pentax lenses has just soared +50% in the last year, rediculus, rediculus.

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