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Pentax SMC DA 12-24mm f/4 ED AL : Specifications and Opinions


Pentax SMC DA 12-24mm f/4 ED AL

The Pentax SMC DA 12-24mm f/4 ED AL is a wide-angle lens for APS-C, manufactured from 2005. The focus is done by In-camera AF motor, the image stabilization is done by the camera.. The average price, when it has been added to the JuzaPhoto database, is 1099 €;
23 users have given it an average vote of 9.1 out of 10.


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This lens is available with the following mounts:

Pentax: this lens is compatible with reflex APS-C Pentax.



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 Specifications
 Focal lenght   12-24 mm
 Angle of view   100.4 - 61.9°  (equivalent to a 18-36mm in Fullframe 24x36mm format)
 Format   APS-C
 Max. aperture   f/4
 Aperture blades   8
 Lenses/Groups   13 elements in 11 groups
 Min. focus distance   0.30 meters
 Reproduction ratio   0.12x

 Features
 Zoom type   Ring, external
 Stabilization   No, but most cameras of this brand have built-in stabilization
 Focus   In-camera AF motor
 Internal AF   Yes
 Full Time MF   Yes

 Built and notes
 Tripod ring   No
 Extenders   No
 Filters   77 mm
 Lens hood   Yes, supplied
 Weather sealing   No
 Weight   430 g
 Dimensions   88 x 84 mm
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avatarsenior
sent on May 23, 2019

Pros: Very versatile, good color rendition, crisp.

Cons: Not tropicalized. For my use nothing else considered the characteristics of the focal.

Opinion: It's the lens that I've been using for more than a year now in street photography. I do very little architecture, but if necessary can serve and corrects the distortion quite smoothly having the precaution of shooting more or less "bubble". Just as rarely I use it a natural landscape, and I don't do astro. I focus mainly on 15, 18 and 24 mm as a sort of fixed. I rarely use it at 12 and only in confined spaces where I can't help it. By personal aptitude I would have preferred a broader focal upward hike that would have avoided me to change it even on occasions I prefer to use a 35 mm. It is not bright but I am very interested in using very often closed diaphragms and little light... I raise the ISO. I do not find it evil even in the resistance to flare especially in the long part. Mandatory (obvious) the use of your own lens hood. It is not small as size, although it remains more content in length of 55-300 but a little wider and more or less equivalent weight (goal more known to give an effective idea). I find it easy enough to bring it back, glued to the machine and not. A lens that has been out for many years, but still has a why. New is now located with about 850 euros, perhaps destined to go down again after the release of 11-18 WR. Used is located on 400-500 euros and I think you can not miss in a kit of a photo amateur with some experience that wants to use focal ones, compared to alternatives that can be envisaged for use in street photos.

avatarjunior
sent on June 20, 2018

Pros: Sharp, versatile, fairly small size, outstanding colors

Cons: It is not tropicalised, it stops at 12mm

Opinion: The optics that I use the most absolute, the focal range adapts perfectly to the landscapes, to the shots of architecture (which do not require a very wide angle) and, with the necessary reserves for the size of the optics, the street photography. It is sharp already at TA, a 12mm blade and with a very tight distortion. You need to pay attention to the drooping lines, but the electronic level of the last Pentax bodies allows you to compose easily while remaining in bubble. Going on longer focal lengths you enter quickly into the world of street: Of course, the optics do not go unnoticed and it is hard not to get noticed, but with a little ' attention and a lot of nerve you can bring home the result. Saturated and vivid colors, some chromatic aberration especially at open apertures, but nothing that does not resolve in post production. As many wide pushed fears side lights (sun, spotlights, street lamps) and in this case generates flare also quite consistent: you need to do a little ' attention. Recommended, is located in the used around 400/500 euros and is worth every penny.

avatarsenior
sent on February 12, 2018

Pros: Constructive accuracy, as usual Pentax; speed and precision MAF, despite the objective being driven by the machine; optical rendering: spectacular for the detail it offers, as well as the colors it knows how to give back: this is a characteristic that I have already noted on all Pentax lenses in my possession and which reaches very high levels in this objective and in 50 macro . The lens is equipped with an excellent lens hood and I have not detected flare or ac phenomena; despite the wide angle of view the distortion appears to be quite correct.

Cons: First of all, the price: considering that it has no internal MAF engine or stabilizer, it is really a bit too high; purchased in store (I prefer to have FOWA warranty, incentivized by the fact that I do not live too far from the office and I can directly bring any defective items) to more than nine hundred euros, I think that the right price should amount to about 100/150 euros less (store price / FOWA guarantee); it is not a WR and this must be taken into account in the use in not optimal weather conditions; the zoom ring offers the right resistance, sweet and fluid, while the ring of MAF could offer an extra bit of resistance but it is still in the average of the AF lenses; while the lens offers high-level performance on almost the entire framed field, yields something to the edges, nothing dramatic but detectable especially at medium high magnifications.

Opinion: Despite some inevitable "against" is really a goal of high / high level, exceptional in the rendering of detail and colors, talche 'the polarizer, if used to enhance the color rendition, it becomes almost useless (still requires a "slim" pola to avoid the risk of vignetting); a goal, obviously, born for landscape and street, not very bright but already good at ta, improving, not very much, using it to diaphragms a bit 'more closed, as is normal with these objectives; as mentioned, the lens gives something to the edges (I will have to check whether it depends on the sample in my possession or is a common feature, perhaps due to the considerable convexity of the front lens) but the thing still seems quite negligible, especially when compared , I repeat, to the overall yield. In conclusion, an excellent and certainly interesting goal for landscape designers and lovers of the "street" that hasits only weak point in the price certainly not popular.rn

avatarsenior
sent on March 10, 2017

Pros: Sharpness, weight, zoom ring, and focus

Cons: I miss the 10mm and the price

Opinion: It's the goal that I use most often for my landscaping exits.rn I like the color rendering and the sharpness it produces.rn I should say I use it for the street with results that I like.rn was more pushed so Towards 10mm would have been the best. It certainly is a goal to own

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