Suggestions please - Best wide angle lens for D5100

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AngshuArun
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Suggestions please - Best wide angle lens for D5100
Mar 10, 2012

Dear Professionals,

I really value your suggestions. So far, I bought 2 lenses based on your suggestions - 'm happy with them. Now I want your valuable suggestions to finalize a wide angle lens; it is to be noted that I'm not looking for a Fish-eye (obvious reason is the high price).

Whatever I have studied on this matter that suggests me to go with a third party lens; Nikon's 10-24 & 12-24 (both DX) lens are too costly.

After spending a bit of time I short listed the following lenses:
1. Sigma 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM
2. Tamron SP AF 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF)
3. Tokina AT-X Pro 11-16mm f/2.8 DX
4. Tokina AT-X Pro 12-24mm f/4 DX II

My personal favorite is the 3rd one because of it's maximum aperture of 2.8 and this is constant throughout the focal range. On the other hand the Tamron is light-weight as compared to other three lenses and cheapest amongst them.

Now, which one will you choose for yourself and why? If you already have hands on experience on either of these lenses, then please share. This discussion is open for other lens options also, provided your fantabulous experience.

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Based on my limited pocketbook, manufacturer reputation and several reviews, I'm planning to buy the Tamron 10-24 mm lens.
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I have the sigma 10-20 f4-5.6 and not the f3.5... I find that it is too fat..when handling...The barrel that is...

If i get the chance, i will buy a wide zoom lens that has builtin motor so it will af on my entry level nikon body... And i will choose the one tha is less bulky, and less in length barrel, (not the focal length...)

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In reply to AngshuArun, Mar 10, 2012

I have the Tokina AT-X Pro 11-16mm f/2.8 DX
It is super sharp:

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In reply to AngshuArun, Mar 10, 2012

Why not consider the Sigma 8-16mm?

It is not a fisheye, and it gives you the FF equivalent of a 12-24mm lens. Those extra 3mm at the wide end are huge.

It's not a fix aperture, but having a fast lens in WA isn't as critical as it is on the tele end.

My copy is super sharp as well.

So, unless you absolutely need the 2.8, then do look at the 8-16.

AngshuArun wrote:

Dear Professionals,

I really value your suggestions. So far, I bought 2 lenses based on your suggestions - 'm happy with them. Now I want your valuable suggestions to finalize a wide angle lens; it is to be noted that I'm not looking for a Fish-eye (obvious reason is the high price).

Whatever I have studied on this matter that suggests me to go with a third party lens; Nikon's 10-24 & 12-24 (both DX) lens are too costly.

After spending a bit of time I short listed the following lenses:
1. Sigma 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM
2. Tamron SP AF 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF)
3. Tokina AT-X Pro 11-16mm f/2.8 DX
4. Tokina AT-X Pro 12-24mm f/4 DX II

My personal favorite is the 3rd one because of it's maximum aperture of 2.8 and this is constant throughout the focal range. On the other hand the Tamron is light-weight as compared to other three lenses and cheapest amongst them.

Now, which one will you choose for yourself and why? If you already have hands on experience on either of these lenses, then please share. This discussion is open for other lens options also, provided your fantabulous experience.

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You realize the Tokina 11-16/2.8 won't AF on your 5100? (NT)
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Re: You realize the Tokina 11-16/2.8 won't AF on your 5100? <- old version
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" You realize the Tokina 11-16/2.8 won't AF on your 5100?"

The new version announced Jan. 2012 will AF on all bodies:
http://www.dpreview.com/news/2012/01/27/Tokina_AT-X_116_Pro_DX_II

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Surely the Tokina 11-16 will not auto-focus in D5100???
Then its really sad.

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Re: You realize the Tokina 11-16/2.8 won't AF on your 5100? <- old version
In reply to Patco, Mar 10, 2012

Wow!... that a great news :). Thanks.

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In reply to gatorowl, Mar 10, 2012

I think the maximum aperture of 4.5 is really at the lower end. If it had atleast 3.5 then I would have surely considered it. By the way, can you please share some of your snaps by Sigma 8-16.

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johnparas11zenfoliodotcom wrote:

I have the sigma 10-20 f4-5.6 and not the f3.5... I find that it is too fat..when handling...The barrel that is...

If i get the chance, i will buy a wide zoom lens that has builtin motor so it will af on my entry level nikon body... And i will choose the one tha is less bulky, and less in length barrel, (not the focal length...)

The Sigma 10-20mm you mention has a built-in focus motor, and will AF on all Nikon bodies.
I don't know if you will find any that are noticeably less bulky.

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In reply to AngshuArun, Mar 10, 2012

I own the 12-24mm vI and have worked with the nikon 12-24 (rented b4 the tokina came out.) and have used an older version of the sigma (3.5-5.6 i think)

No question I would get one of the tokinas, and because your camera will not focus

with the tokina 12-24mm vI or 11-16mm I would get the 12-24mm f4 vII. Tokina is built far better than the sigma and tamron.

the Tokina is also sharp across the full zoom range (sigma @ 10mm is not excellent). I dont know what other lens you have but the 77mm filter help sell me on it as I was using the 70-200 vI and 28-70mm nikkors at the time (both 77mm)

good luck

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In reply to AngshuArun, Mar 10, 2012

I own the Tokina 12 - 24 and have used the Tamron 10 - 24 a number of times. The Tokina probably has the better build but both are optically similar. The Tamron has less barrel distortion and is less prone to flair. If I was buying a DX wideangle again I'd get the Tamron.
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ItsaChris wrote:

No question I would get one of the tokinas, and because your camera will not focus
with the tokina 12-24mm vI or 11-16mm

"The AT-X 116 PRO DX II adds a 'Silent Drive-Module' (SD-M) focus motor that enables it to autofocus on all Nikon SLRs"
http://www.dpreview.com/news/2012/01/27/Tokina_AT-X_116_Pro_DX_II

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Patco wrote:

PRW_Photo wrote:

" You realize the Tokina 11-16/2.8 won't AF on your 5100?"

The new version announced Jan. 2012 will AF on all bodies:
http://www.dpreview.com/news/2012/01/27/Tokina_AT-X_116_Pro_DX_II

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OK, thanks for the update. My statement was based on what is currently available from B&H and Adorama. The OP will need to make sure he gets the correct version.

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In reply to AngshuArun, Mar 10, 2012

Well, you're getting a lot of different preferences here, so I'll drop mine too; I suggest the Tokina 12-24, for the following reasons:

  • good optical quality and sharpness (but do use the hood and stay around f/8 if you do landscape!)

  • excellent build quality

  • Very useful zoom range; probably you'll use it either at 12 or at 24, but at least you don't need to switch to another lens as you would with the 11-16

  • Reasonable price

I have one and I'm happy with it! I would only replace if I had a sharp and LIGHT prime

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In reply to AngshuArun, Mar 11, 2012

AngshuArun wrote:

... it is to be noted that I'm not looking for a Fish-eye (obvious reason is the high price).

The Samyang 8mm fisheye is not so expensive and is quite well regarded, though is not AF (but the newer versions do metering). Unfortunately not as small and light and fast-aperture as the Nikkor 10.5, but has a nicer projection (near stereographic).

The more obvious reason would be shooting for example mainly architecture and not liking the fisheye projection. But fisheyes and rectilinear UWA lenses may be just as problematic regarding the composition. With rectilinears, you may find the sides and corners overly expanded, and circular things such as heads in the corners weirdly distorted (when viewing the image from a normal viewing distance).

Software conversion from fisheye to rectilinear (or vice versa) is possible but there is a considerable loss of quality. However one may convert from fisheye to a cylindrical or some other projections which straighten only vertical lines - often looks better and does not require as much stretching and cause as much quality loss - check the Fisheye Hemi plugin samples. The free Hugin panorama software is also interesting because it allows all sorts of projection conversions - allows also converting rectilinear images to a number of other projections.

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In reply to Patco, Mar 12, 2012

ahh never knew that came out.

well then depending on the lens you already own the 11-16 might be the better choice.

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ItsaChris wrote:

ahh never knew that came out.

It's not out yet, but the announcement on DPR said it should be available "around April".

well then depending on the lens you already own the 11-16 might be the better choice.

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In reply to AngshuArun, Mar 12, 2012

I used to own Tokina 11-16. It is excellent lens, but I disliked its range so much that I replaced it with Tokina 12-24.

11-16 was too wide for me at 16 mm, so i had to change lenses all the time. With 12-24, I have to change lenses less.
Optically 11-16 is superiour lens, but (for me) not so versatile.

Good luck with your choice.

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