Opinion on Tamron SP 17mm OR Nikon 18mm

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Evanjoe610, Jul 24, 2003.

  1. Evanjoe610

    Evanjoe610 Guest

    I am looking to buy Used either the Tamron SP17mm or the Nikon 18mmF3.5.

    Any users ou there that can give me their opinons on either of these two
    lenses?

    Thanks,

    Evan Dong
     
    Evanjoe610, Jul 24, 2003
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    Onepercentf Guest

    I am looking to buy Used either the Tamron SP17mm or the Nikon 18mmF3.5.
    I use the Tamron. It is the older version with the built-in filters, which are
    actually very useful, especially the blue one for internal (tungsten lit)
    shots. It is very prone to flare, so don't get one without the lens hood, or
    be prepared to spend another £45 on a new lens hood. You have to get used to
    using it, as it often surprises. Best when the overall scene is well lit, not
    just the middle, as you will get light fall-off at the sides. The main thing
    is just to know when to use it. I have had stunning results with tree-lined
    avenues, that sort of thing. Good luck!
     
    Onepercentf, Jul 24, 2003
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    JR Guest

    I have the Tokina ATX Pro 17/3.5 and I am VERY happy with it. FYI,
    maybe you should look into it as well.

    JR
     
    JR, Jul 24, 2003
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    erzar Guest

    I have used the later version without the built infilters and it is very
    sharp espacially after f5.6. distortion is well sontrlled and there is no
    bending. However it does stretch things a little at the sides. My version
    copes with flare ok just get the hood and dont point it into the sun
     
    erzar, Jul 24, 2003
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    T P Guest


    That stretching is a feature of *ALL* short focal length rectilinear
    lenses, in other words all except fisheye lenses.

    It has absolutely nothing to do with the brand, nor is it any weakness
    in design, because all good 17mm lenses do exactly the same.
     
    T P, Jul 24, 2003
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  6. I have tried the older Tamron 17mm SP MF, the Tokina 17mm ATX, and
    the Nikkor 18mm f3.5 MF. No contest - the Nikkor was excellent; the
    other two were barely adequate for small images (though the former owner
    of the ATX also thought it was excellent ;-). Standards vary...;-)
     
    David Ruether, Jul 24, 2003
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    T P Guest


    And so do opinions!

    ;-)
     
    T P, Jul 24, 2003
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