Sharpest lightweight UWA lens in the corners of FX around F/5.6-11?

Started Jun 5, 2013 | Discussions thread
narddogg81
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Re: Sharpest lightweight UWA lens in the corners of FX around F/5.6-11?
In reply to Zlik, Jun 5, 2013

Zlik wrote:

What is the absolute sharpest lens corner to corner on FX under 19mm and under 900g ? And which one is the best value (performance/price) ? Max aperture is not important.

I am using a D800 and the wide angle lenses I currently own are the Nikkor 20/2.8 AI-S and the Nikkor 24-70/2.8 AF-S. I am looking for something a little wider (around 16-18mm), especially for landscapes and some architecture, and that doesn't weight more than 900g (2 pounds).

either the nikon 16-35 f4 (680 grams) or the new nikon 18-35 G (385 grams).  both the nikon 14-24 and tokina 16-28 are sharper in the corners but heavier than what you specify and both flare really badly.  there is the zeiss 18mm 3.5, but the new nikon 18-35g has almost exactly the same resolution characteristics as the zeis, is lighter, is a zoom, is much less expensive, has 77mm filter threads instead of 82mm, etc...

the new 18-35 measures as more even across the frame, while the 16-35 can achieve higher peak sharpness in the center.

zeiss

http://www.photozone.de/nikon_ff/584-zeisszf1835ff?start=1

nikon 18-35

http://www.photozone.de/nikon_ff/821-nikkorafs18353545ff?start=1

nikon 16-35

http://www.photozone.de/nikon_ff/492-nikkor_afs_1635_4_ff?start=1

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