Which lens?

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by Woody, Mar 17, 2013.

  1. Woody

    Woody Guest

    I am looking to equip myself with a wide angle zoom to compliment
    the 18-70 and 18-200 that I already have. There are three sizes
    widely available:-
    10-20mm by Sigma
    12-24mm by Tokina and Nikon
    10-24mm by Tamron

    My 18-200 is Tamron which tends to be a bit soft unless well
    stopped down, but I have always liked the brand. However reviews
    that I have read suggest that the 10-24 tends to be softer than
    I too like Tokina: I have a 24-70 on one of my film cameras and
    have always found it to be a good optic. They do have a tendency
    to be a bit pricey though.
    I cannot afford the Nikon.
    I have a Sigma 28-200 for film and have never found it to be
    particularly good, so I am a little sceptical about the 10-20.

    My problem: will I see much difference at the wide end between
    10mm and 12mm? Distortion tends to be most prevalent at the ends
    and it bothers me that if I go for the 10-20 I will have
    distortion at the long end of that lens and on the wide end of my
    18-70 Nikon. It worries me that I may have a small band of focal
    length that I cannot use - in that respect the 24 would at least
    give me some possibilities. Sod's Law says that the 18-20 band is
    just where I might need to be sometime!

    Has anyone on here used any of these lenses and thus experience
    of them and can give me advice? I want the lens for the
    occasional panorama and for architecture, particularly

    I mainly use a Nikon D80 but also have a D70s which I tend to use
    as a standby with longer lenses.

    Woody, Mar 17, 2013
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    Paul Giverin Guest

    Have you considered the Tokina 11-16mm?

    I know its a very short range, almost a prime but I think its quite well

    I think the Sigma 10-20mm is a nice lens if you get a good copy. I've
    heard of a few quality issues with Sigma but on the plus side, there is
    no problem in getting a dodgy one exchanged and they do come with a 3
    year warranty as standard.

    I'm a Canon man and I've got the Canon 10-22mm but I have to admit I've
    not used it in a while. I sometimes wonder if I should sell it but I
    bought it cheap (grey tax free import) and it would cost me a lot if
    subsequently I had to buy one again.
    Paul Giverin, Mar 17, 2013
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    Savageduck Guest

    The Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 for the Nikon or Canon APS-C sensor is tough
    to beat. I use mine on a D300s.
    Here are a few of my shots using the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 on my D300S.
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    Savageduck, Mar 18, 2013
  4. Woody

    Woody Guest

    Thanks both.

    Methinks I should save my pennies and get a D300 - or even a
    D600. I never get pictures and bright and sharp as that!!!!
    Woody, Mar 18, 2013
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    spacecadet Guest

    Sigma quality and customer service is dreadful. I had the focusing rack
    break up on my short zoom after less than 3 years and a 55-200 go out of
    alignment after less than a year, at which point they refused to replace
    it and sent it to Japan for some improvement, but not much.
    spacecadet, Mar 18, 2013
  6. Woody

    Paul Giverin Guest

    They are nice pictures but the lighting is good which helps the
    brightness. Sharpness is more a function of your lens and post
    processing rather than your sensor. That's not to say you shouldn't
    treat yourself with a nice D600 ;)
    Paul Giverin, Mar 18, 2013
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    Nov 3, 2017
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    I find Tamron lenses more affordable but still as reliable as the others.
    kimbaum, Nov 16, 2017
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