Wide-angle woes

Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5

Just when I have discarded the thoughts of getting a fisheye (both the zany Zenitar and prudent Pentax 10-17mm were on the list) and settled for a rectilinear wide-angle lens, I get sidetracked. Again.

I'm one of those guys that can sweat a purchasing decision for weeks - comparing tests, reading online reviews and soliciting advice on forums, but when I decide on what I want, I can't wait another minute.

Anyway, my list was down to the Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 and the Pentax/Tokina 12-24mm f/4 when rumours about the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 possibly being released as a Pentax DA* design surfaced. As I already have the DA* 16-50 and DA* 50-135, a DA* 11-16 would be perfect. But, they are just rumours. It may never happen, it may take too long. Then again, PMA isn't far off. On the other hand, the Pentax lens roadmap has no such lens on it. On the, what are we up to now, sixth hand? They have released lenses not on the roadmap before, like the DA 18-250 licensed from Tamron.

As I languish in the land of no decisions, I find out that the newer Sigma 10-20mm, the f/3.5 HSM actually has a reverse-engineered supersonic motor that works on my K10D. But no screw-drive, so it won't autofocus on my K110D. But, if I upgrade the K110D to a K-x... That could work.

That's about where I am now. Totally indecisive, waiting for a sign from above. Or from PMA.

Maybe I'll use my discretionary funds to get a new phone instead. But which one...?



I did get a new phone, the Google Nexus One. A lovely piece of kit, but the camera in it is at best average. Still, it's heaps better than my old phone, it had no camera at all.