Nikon D70 wide angle lens choice

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Tim, Dec 27, 2006.

  1. Tim

    Tim Guest


    I've been considering a new lens for architectural & landscape work -
    amateur stuff nothing pro. The link to my site below will give you an idea
    of my abilities and what I like to photograph if you're interested. I'm in
    the UK BTW.

    Have been looking at the Nikon 12-24 f4 G AF-S DX but this really seems to
    get mixed reviews. I've been talking to a guy in a local camera shop who
    recommends the Sigma 12 - 24 mm F4.5-5.6 EX DG HSM I think he said the
    distortion on the Sigma was less but there was more CA. I'd be glad of less
    distortion for architectural shots and IIRC CA can be corrected to an extent
    in Photoshop.

    Anyone have any particular views? The Sigma is about half the price of the
    Nikon so with the difference I'm 2/3rds-ish the way to a 18-200vr or get a
    50mm f1.4 or a macro lens to play with and still have change for a beer :)

    Thanks for any help

    Tim, Dec 27, 2006
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  2. I've got the Nikkor 12-24 which I quite like, but in some ways I'd prefer a
    wide angle prime. The 14/2.8 is on my wish list at £783 (1.5x the cost of
    the zoom!), which would suit me pretty well as I like doing interiors so 2.8
    would really help over the f4 of the zoom. I have heard the tokina is good
    stopped down for landscape, but interiors possibly not so good as you'd
    likely be shooting wide open unless you are using a tripod. Have you
    looked at the 10.5/2.8 DX fish @ £400? I have heard quite a lot of good
    reports about it and some people hate taking it off their camera as they say
    it's such fun.

    cheers adrian
    Adrian Boliston, Dec 27, 2006
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  3. Tim

    J. Clarke Guest

    FWIW, Tokina has recently announced a 10-17 that the claim is a fisheye--I
    haven't seen one or any reports on it so that's all I know about it.
    J. Clarke, Dec 28, 2006
  4. Tim

    Tim Guest

    I'm happy with this lens on a D70 and a D200. AF vs AF-S for the
    Nikon, but imo the difference is worth the additional $$. Some photos
    taken with it:[/QUOTE]

    Hi Ed
    Thanks for the links
    Can you just clarify what lens you were using, the way you worded the reply
    I can't tell which one. From the comment about the extra $ being worth it
    you could mean the Nikon or the Sigma.

    Best regards

    Tim, Dec 28, 2006
  5. On Thu, 28 Dec 2006 14:17:36 GMT, in "Tim" <no
    These are taken with the Tokina 12-24mm f/4. This is an AF lens, vs the
    similar though AF-S Nikon. So without the builtin motor the Tokina lens
    might focus a bit slower than the Nikon, though I have no direct experience
    comparing them. At least for me this isn't an issue given the subject
    matter I use this lens for.

    Should have said imo the additional $$ isn't worth it for the AF-S Nikon,
    at least for me. In an older thread months ago some else commented the
    distortion of the Sigma was worse than that seen in my uncorrected shots
    links above, particularly for example:
    Ed Ruf (REPLY to E-MAIL IN SIG!), Dec 28, 2006
  6. Tim

    Tim Guest

    Thank you for all the replies. They're much appreciated

    At the moment I'm tempted by the Sigma 10-20 that Frederick mentioned on the
    basis that I'll probably be glad of the extra 2mm and from the pictures I've
    seen the distortion doesn't seem to be particularly worse in real life
    shots. I don't think I'd be happy with a wide prime as I think that could
    involve a lot of foot zooming but I will have a think about it.

    Best regards

    Tim, Dec 28, 2006
  7. Tim

    Tim Guest

    Thanks for the quick reply Ed
    I think it's a toss up between the Tokina and the Sigma, The Nikon just
    doesn't seem to have anything to offer that's worth an additional £400
    As I said in a post below I'm tempted by the Sigma for the extra 2mm but my
    camera shop will be getting the Sigma & Tokina lenses in stock after the
    break so I'll go and have a play
    Below is a link to some Sigma test images, distortion wise I think I could
    live with that

    Thank you for your help

    Tim, Dec 28, 2006
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