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02/14/2009 04:15:58 AM · #1
I'm leaning towards the Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM. Any suggestions?
02/14/2009 04:41:12 AM · #2
I don't have a Nikon camera, but I do have a Sigma 10-20mm lens and it is by far my favourite lens.
02/14/2009 04:47:15 AM · #3
You may want to consider the Tokina 11-16mm. It is reportedly one of the best wide angle lenses on the market. I have the Tokina 12-24 and it's a great lens, but I would love the 11-16 instead. (it's a fairly new lens)

Tokina 11-16 mm
02/14/2009 05:07:30 AM · #4
Nikon AF Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G IF-ED DX

I promise: it's so much fun that you will leave all your other wide angles at home. You can also take classical wide-angle (e.g. landscape) shots without anybody noticing you used a fisheye.
02/14/2009 06:38:45 AM · #5
I have the 12-24 mm and use it for a lot of real estate and landscape work. I don't particularly like it though, I think the 14-24 is far better, if you can afford it. The only reason I went with the 12-24 originally was because I wanted to be able to throw a polariser on it, but since then I've stopped using polarisers and increasing the blues in post prod instead. It has a lot of distortion, and not nearly the clarity of my other lenses. ie, I wouldn't lash out and buy the 12-24. If you're ok with spending a lot, go with the 14-24, it will serve you well into an upgrade to the D700 eventually. But I've also heard very good things about that Sigma (although my experiences with sigma have also been checkered - you need to be able to test the lens you're buying before you walk out of the store with it, otherwise it can be a nightmare).
02/14/2009 06:43:53 AM · #6
Originally posted by jettyimages:

I have the 12-24 mm and use it for a lot of real estate and landscape work. snip...


I presume you are talking about the Nikkor 12-24, not the Tokina?
02/14/2009 07:16:44 AM · #7
Originally posted by MistyMucky:

Nikon AF Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G IF-ED DX

I promise: it's so much fun that you will leave all your other wide angles at home. You can also take classical wide-angle (e.g. landscape) shots without anybody noticing you used a fisheye.


I second this recommendation. What a great lens. Especially with the software to correct for the rectilinear distortion - tre cool.
02/14/2009 09:01:13 AM · #8
Originally posted by aerogurl:

I'm leaning towards the Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM. Any suggestions?

best in it's class
the 10.5 is fisheye is nice but it can get tiresome .
edit: though if you are doing panos 10.5 is absolutely the best !!!

Message edited by author 2009-02-14 09:02:19.
02/14/2009 09:07:18 AM · #9
Originally posted by salmiakki:

You may want to consider the Tokina 11-16mm. It is reportedly one of the best wide angle lenses on the market. I have the Tokina 12-24 and it's a great lens, but I would love the 11-16 instead. (it's a fairly new lens)

Tokina 11-16 mm

Love this lens!! f2.8 also. Been trying to get out to shoot more with it. I really have never liked fisheyes, so went this way after much research
02/14/2009 09:38:02 AM · #10
I can suggest a couple of lenses, First of all the 10.5 Fisheye that the others have mentioned is awesome.

I do not believe anyone mentioned the Tamron 11-18mm which is a good lens also. Another option is to get a prime, The Nikon 20mm 2.8 which works well for doing landscapes as well as portraits. I have all three of these lenses, I usually opt for the fisheye when going wide. However my photography skills do none of these lenses justice. :)
02/14/2009 10:11:53 AM · #11
Originally posted by Bugzeye:

Another option is to get a prime, The Nikon 20mm 2.8 which works well for doing landscapes as well as portraits.


20mm is not very wide at all on the DX-sensor Nikons, though...

R.
02/14/2009 10:36:20 AM · #12
I have the 17-35 2.8 a great lens, I use it for landscape and architecture shots
02/14/2009 11:29:42 AM · #13
I recommend the 10.5mm Fisheye!
And when you upgrade to a full frame: just turn it on a lathe!

Message edited by author 2009-02-14 11:29:54.
02/14/2009 04:00:01 PM · #14
Nikon 12-24mm f/4G ED IF Autofocus DX Nikkor Zoom Lens Price: $924.95

Tokina 11mm - 16mm F/2.8 ATX Pro DX Autofocus Zoom Lens Price: $569.95

Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM Lens Price: $449.00

and I just don't think I would get much out of the fisheye, I don't do a lot of whacky or whatever shots..

Bear_Music is right, I really think I need the 10mm (or 11mm), if nothing else, just because my camera is not full-frame. Speaking of which, thanks for pointing that out guys.. I didn't understand all that till I did a little research, but it seems my type of camera cuts off part of the image, and my whole thing lately has been more more more.. I've been trying pano's with a 50mm just so I can "see" more of my landscape subjects. I may consider a move to the D700 as well.

Thanks Everyone :) - Still undecided (not buying today anyway) but leaning more towards the Sigma for price and the 10mm aspect... but I want to see more work done with the Tokina and read more reviews about it, I like that f/2.8 for less than a c-note more.

Message edited by author 2009-02-14 16:03:55.
02/14/2009 05:02:35 PM · #15
I just bought this....TODAY! :

Nikon AF-S Zoom Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED AF Lens

//www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/520635-USA/Nikon_2163_AF_S_Zoom_Nikkor_14_24mm.html

And selling the sigma 10-20...

//www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/413425-REG/Sigma_201109_10_20mm_f_4_5_6_EX_DC.html

I'd sell you mine for $400. I take wonderful care of my stuff and upgraded just because slowly I've been buying the top of the line expensive lenses for my business. It's a great lens and has produced some of my favorite images in my portfolio.

Let me know if you're interested!
02/14/2009 05:42:35 PM · #16
like I said "Still undecided (not buying today anyway)" but thanks for the offer Cutter. :)
02/14/2009 05:55:47 PM · #17
Never mind

Message edited by author 2009-06-13 11:36:54.
02/14/2009 06:08:41 PM · #18
The Sigma is for cropped sensor lens as is the Nikon 12-24. If you are going to buy a DX lens (for cropped sensors) then I would stick with the Nikon 12-24 f4. It is more expensive but you can not beat the build qulaity, color and clarity of the lens. It is top notch. 12 mm is plenty wide on a 1.5 crop like the Nikon D300 equaling 18mm in full frame comparision. If you are worried about upgrading to the D700 later (full frame or FX) then look to spend much more for the Nikon 14-24 f2.8.

Of course this is just my opinion and you would likely be happy with either.

The Nikon 12-24 is the only lens I carried on this climb:

My Smugmug



Message edited by author 2009-02-14 18:11:11.
02/14/2009 07:46:01 PM · #19
Originally posted by MistyMucky:

Nikon AF Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G IF-ED DX

I promise: it's so much fun that you will leave all your other wide angles at home. You can also take classical wide-angle (e.g. landscape) shots without anybody noticing you used a fisheye.


I fully agree. Ever since I got the fisheye, my 10-20 hasn't been used once!!!
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