Pentax SMCP-DA 12-24mm f/4 AL (IF) Super Wide Angle Auto Focus Zoom Lens

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About Pentax 12-24mm

This Pentax 12-24mm Bundle comes with $49.95 worth of free accessories including a New Leaf PLUS 3yr Lens Warranty and Shipping is free! .

With Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass lens element and two aspherical lens elements, the lens offers more true-to-life image reproduction. The image circlein DA-series lenses is designed to perfectly match the 23.5mm x 15.7mm size of the CCD used in PENTAX digital SLRs to optimize camera performance. The new design also contributes to a drastic reduction in size, weight and production cost, compared to 35mm-format counterparts with similar specifications.



The Pentax 12-24mm is commonly used for Landscape/scenery, Travel and more.The Pentax 12-24mm is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Pentax 12-24mm: Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Rugged and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (11),Strong construction (8),Consistent output (7),Durable (6),Rugged (6),Easily interchangeable (4),Clear glass (3),Easily mounted (3),Lightweight (3),Simple controls (3)
Cons:
Heavy (4)
Best Uses:
Travel (7),Landscape/scenery (6),Architecture (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Enthusiast (3),Photo enthusiast (3)

Pentax 12-24mm Features

  • Metal PENTAX KAF Lens Mount
  • Equivalent focal length to 18.5mm-37mm in the 35mm format with *ist DSLRs
  • Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass for superior sharpness and color correction
  • Responsive Quick-Shift Focus System allows instant shift from AF to MF
  • The image circle is designed to match the CCD used in PENTAX digital SLRs
  • Comes with a lens hood to minimize flare and ghost images

Pentax 12-24mm Specifications

Construction
11 Groups/ 13 Elements
Angle of view
99° - 61°
F stop range
f/4-22
Closest Focusing Distance
1.0 ft. (0.3m)
Maximum Magnification
0.12X
Filter Size
77mm
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
3.4" x 3.3" (87.5mm x 83.5mm)
Weight
(Without Hood) 15.2 oz. (430g)
Notes
Diaphragm: Fully Automatic
Photometric Method: TTL open-aperture metering
8 Aperature Blades
Mfr #
21577
SKU
PX1224AFD

Pentax 12-24mm Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4.6

(based on 13 reviews)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great lens!!!

This lens produces beautiful, well-detailed images at all focal lengths. Flare is well controlled for a wide-angle zoom. I bought it because I needed a wide-angle lens on the small-sensor Pentax body for landscape photography, travel, etc., and I have not been disappointed. The only negative is I had to buy a thin polarizer as my regular 77mm filter vignetted a fair bit at the wide end. I have read reviews that chromatic aberration is a weakness with this lens, but I haven't found it a proble...

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This lens produces beautiful, well-detailed images at all focal lengths. Flare is well controlled for a wide-angle zoom. I bought it because I needed a wide-angle lens on the small-sensor Pentax body for landscape photography, travel, etc., and I have not been disappointed. The only negative is I had to buy a thin polarizer as my regular 77mm filter vignetted a fair bit at the wide end. I have read reviews that chromatic aberration is a weakness with this lens, but I haven't found it a problem in my photography.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

PopPhotoWide Winner, purple-fringe loser

Pop Photo (Apr-06) designated this lens the "Wide Winner" for its superb performance on objective tests. I agreed when first documenting home inventory, or picturing dark church interiors. But once in the field, I was appalled by the pronounced chromatic aberration ['purple fringing'] of trees or power lines outlined against an overcast sky. To make certain this wasn't a user or equipment error, I took manually focused RAW test shots (with a K10D and lens hood) at f4, f8 and f16 each at 12mm,...

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Pop Photo (Apr-06) designated this lens the "Wide Winner" for its superb performance on objective tests. I agreed when first documenting home inventory, or picturing dark church interiors. But once in the field, I was appalled by the pronounced chromatic aberration ['purple fringing'] of trees or power lines outlined against an overcast sky. To make certain this wasn't a user or equipment error, I took manually focused RAW test shots (with a K10D and lens hood) at f4, f8 and f16 each at 12mm, 18mm and 24mm and examined them at 100% magnification in Lightroom. To clinch matters, an identical shot with the 100-buck kit zoom lens at 18mm and f4 had far less edge fringing than this 13-element costly zoom, boasting high-dispersion glass and aspheric lens construction. Only a 10-buck plastic disposable camera demonstrated more notable CA! Otherwise sterling performance (crisp clean images, minimal vignetting, and indiscernible linear distortion) cannot compensate for the inexcusable edge diffraction. A blotch on Pentax' great glass" reputation.

Reviewed by 13 customers

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Satisfied

By

from North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Great buying experience, very courteous service over the phone. I'll definitely be back!!!!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great wide angle zoom lens

By

from Santiago, Chile  -  Photo Enthusiast

I use this lens a lot for landscapes and it works great for me (mostly). The only problem is the front light flare, that in some cases is disturbing. It is a big and heavy lens compared to DA15, but it's also more versatile. The field curvature is quite well handled if shooting horizontally, but starts to bother if the camera is inclined.

 
5.0

Perfect Wide angle zoom

By

from Singapore  -  Casual Photographer

This is a good zoom for tight spaces .. especially in a room or indoor situation. The pictures is clear and resolution is good ..

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Like it

By

from Gulfport, Mississippi  -  Casual Photographer

I am a newbie so I dont have a lot to compare it to. This was a tough call between the sigma 10-20 and this one but I decided to go with the Pentax. I am very pleased with it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Lens-exceeds expectations

By

from Bandon, OR  -  Semi-pro Photographer

•Did a lot of research before buying this lens and it is everything I was hoping for. My favorite lens in the 35mm film range were the 24 and 28mm. This lens covers that range with some left on both sides with very little distortion, and the edge to edge sharpness I would expect from a fixed focus lens. So far I have not noticed the "purple fringing" problems that others have. Someday I will buy that 15mm LTD, but I like the ability to zoom instead of switching lenses out the the dust dirt and sand I find myself shooting in many times. [...]

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

More than I expected

By

from Melbourne Aus  -  Photo Enthusiast

Needed an ultra wide lense and this fits the bill for me. Very sharp into corners, has exceeded all my expectations. Having said that I am but a beginner at this game. Only negative is the size and weight. The hood is enormous and I have trouble fitting into my bag. But worth it given the extra width now available.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Lens !!!

By

from Steilacoom, WA  -  Photo Enthusiast

Adorama was great to deal with. Will buy from them again.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great lens!!!

By

from Calgary, Canada  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

This lens produces beautiful, well-detailed images at all focal lengths. Flare is well controlled for a wide-angle zoom. I bought it because I needed a wide-angle lens on the small-sensor Pentax body for landscape photography, travel, etc., and I have not been disappointed. The only negative is I had to buy a thin polarizer as my regular 77mm filter vignetted a fair bit at the wide end. I have read reviews that chromatic aberration is a weakness with this lens, but I haven't found it a problem in my photography.

(5 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

PopPhotoWide Winner, purple-fringe loser

By

from Columbia, SC  -  Semi-Professional

Pop Photo (Apr-06) designated this lens the "Wide Winner" for its superb performance on objective tests. I agreed when first documenting home inventory, or picturing dark church interiors. But once in the field, I was appalled by the pronounced chromatic aberration ['purple fringing'] of trees or power lines outlined against an overcast sky. To make certain this wasn't a user or equipment error, I took manually focused RAW test shots (with a K10D and lens hood) at f4, f8 and f16 each at 12mm, 18mm and 24mm and examined them at 100% magnification in Lightroom. To clinch matters, an identical shot with the 100-buck kit zoom lens at 18mm and f4 had far less edge fringing than this 13-element costly zoom, boasting high-dispersion glass and aspheric lens construction. Only a 10-buck plastic disposable camera demonstrated more notable CA! Otherwise sterling performance (crisp clean images, minimal vignetting, and indiscernible linear distortion) cannot compensate for the inexcusable edge diffraction. A blotch on Pentax' great glass" reputation.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Distortionless performance; expensive

By

from Columbia, SC  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Concur with [...]: excellent image quality, sharp contrast, minimal distortion, minor vignetting at 12mm gone by f5.6 -- a remarkable feat of optical engineering. Do check on substantial and frequent rebate offers by Pentax.

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