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
    most.
    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
    ecclesiastical.

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

    TIA
     
    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
    regarded.

    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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  3. Woody

    Savageduck Guest

    Agreed.
    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
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  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
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  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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    kimbaum

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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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