Missing Glass: Wide Angle Lens

Started Apr 23, 2009 | Discussions
tmozer Regular Member • Posts: 172
Missing Glass: Wide Angle Lens

What would be a good (practical) FL wide angle lens? 18mm?? Which WA lens would offer the most bang for my buck mounted on my D90?
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OP tmozer Regular Member • Posts: 172
Re: Missing Glass: Wide Angle Lens

After some brief research the Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras looks like a good choice.....
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Shutterbugin Veteran Member • Posts: 5,867
Re: Missing Glass: Wide Angle Lens

Or any of the Tokinas. I have the 12-24 - love it.

tmozer wrote:

After some brief research the Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM Lens
for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras looks like a good choice.....
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faxmachineAnthem Regular Member • Posts: 297
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Unfortunately there aren't a lot of ultra-wide options for DX cameras. I think the options are the Sigma 10-20, the Tokina 12-24 (believe there are now two very similar versions of this), the Nikon 12-24 and the soon to be released Nikon 10-24. I think you can get the Sigma used for about $400. The Nikons retail for about $900. I wish Nikon would make something like a 12mm DX prime in the mold of the recent 35mm 1.8 AFS (aka cheap).

Scott_R Contributing Member • Posts: 649
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I am planning on getting the fast lens of the bunch.
Tokina 11-16 2.8
http://www.tokinalens.com/products/tokina/atx116prodx-a.html
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OP tmozer Regular Member • Posts: 172
Re: Missing Glass: Wide Angle Lens

Well, after a little more research and a few emails from a respected co-worker, I ordered the Sigma 10-20 from Amazon for $449. I think this will complete my lens collection until the day I can afford a really long prime.....

faxmachineAnthem wrote:

Unfortunately there aren't a lot of ultra-wide options for DX
cameras. I think the options are the Sigma 10-20, the Tokina 12-24
(believe there are now two very similar versions of this), the Nikon
12-24 and the soon to be released Nikon 10-24. I think you can get
the Sigma used for about $400. The Nikons retail for about $900. I
wish Nikon would make something like a 12mm DX prime in the mold of
the recent 35mm 1.8 AFS (aka cheap).
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larsbc Forum Pro • Posts: 13,871
Re: Missing Glass: Wide Angle Lens

faxmachineAnthem wrote:

Unfortunately there aren't a lot of ultra-wide options for DX
cameras. I think the options are the Sigma 10-20, the Tokina 12-24
(believe there are now two very similar versions of this), the Nikon
12-24 and the soon to be released Nikon 10-24. I think you can get
the Sigma used for about $400. The Nikons retail for about $900. I
wish Nikon would make something like a 12mm DX prime in the mold of
the recent 35mm 1.8 AFS (aka cheap).

I'm with you on the desire for a 12mm or 14mm, rectilinear prime. For now, my 10.5 with Hemi de-fishing software is a nice alternative. Although in retrospect, I kind of wish I tried the 16mm first. Like th 10.5, because it's a fish, it has a much wider field of view than a rectilinear of the same focal length (I think the 16mm fish worked out to around a 12mm rectilinear) but because it's an FX lens, DX would only use the center portion which will have less distortion.

larsbc

Patco Forum Pro • Posts: 13,058
Re: Missing Glass: Wide Angle Lens

faxmachineAnthem wrote:

Unfortunately there aren't a lot of ultra-wide options for DX
cameras. I think the options are the Sigma 10-20, the Tokina 12-24
(believe there are now two very similar versions of this), the Nikon
12-24 and the soon to be released Nikon 10-24.

There is also the Tamron 10-24:
http://www.dpreview.com/lensreviews/tamron_10-24_3p5-5p6_n15/

I think you can get the Sigma used for about $400.

The Sigma was my Christmas present to myself. Seems pretty good to me,
but I've not personally compared it to others.

The Nikons retail for about $900. I
wish Nikon would make something like a 12mm DX prime in the mold of
the recent 35mm 1.8 AFS (aka cheap).

I wouldn't hold my breath, but you never know

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prentisd Contributing Member • Posts: 727
Re: Missing Glass: Wide Angle Lens

tmozer,

You are going to love the Sigma 10-20. I really like mine. I was impressed with the build quality as well as the shots it takes.

Enjoy!
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RomanJohnston Forum Pro • Posts: 18,806
Sigma 10-20 or Tokina 12-24 would be my suggestion

I prefer the Tokina, but neither would be a bad choice.

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tem3 Contributing Member • Posts: 594
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Looks like I'll be using it this weekend. Ordered it late this morning with free shipping (of course). Received an email from Amazon about an hour or so ago that it was shipped. Checked the tracking to find that it will be delivered tomorrow. Got to love it!

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winparkman Veteran Member • Posts: 4,637
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As this is about the 947th thread like this, I wonder what you intend to shoot. The Sigma is an excellent landscape lens but it isn't a very good architectural lens.
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winparkman Veteran Member • Posts: 4,637
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Oh, I sure hope your two hours or research pays off.
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OP tmozer Regular Member • Posts: 172
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Actually I wanted to have the lens for my son's wedding in September. I'm not the photographer but will be taking lots of shots. I wanted a lens where I know I can get the whole table or the whole dance floor. Other than that, I'm sure I will be using it for landscapes. Architectural? Really had not thought about it.....

winparkman wrote:

As this is about the 947th thread like this, I wonder what you intend
to shoot. The Sigma is an excellent landscape lens but it isn't a
very good architectural lens.
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ianbramham
ianbramham Veteran Member • Posts: 4,316
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winparkman wrote:

As this is about the 947th thread like this, I wonder what you intend
to shoot. The Sigma is an excellent landscape lens but it isn't a
very good architectural lens.

There's a great bit of software called 'PTLens' which works a treat for correcting lens distortion. It even irons out the complex 'W' shaped distortion that the Sigma produces at the wide end.

I use my Sigma 10-20 all the time for architectural shots in conjunction with this software. (I'm an architect by the way)

Here's an architectural photo which is about as difficult as it gets in terms of perspective and distortion correction - all handled effortlessly by PTLens:

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Ohh and here's the same photo published in a specialist construction magazine:

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Stanislav Stoklas Contributing Member • Posts: 898
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I have good experience with the Sigma 10-20 lens.
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Patco Forum Pro • Posts: 13,058
PTLens...

ianbramham wrote:

Ohh and here's the same photo published in a specialist construction
magazine:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3454/3313445339_fe99e9484a_b.jpg

Congrats on the photo, and I'll add my vote for PTLens!

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OP tmozer Regular Member • Posts: 172
Re: Missing Glass: Wide Angle Lens

The Sigma arrived as promised from Amazon on Friday. However I had to leave work early so I did not get my hands on the lens until this morning. Mounted it on my D90 and started shooting. Nice. 10mm does exactly what I wanted (allow broad room and building shots). I'm retiring in 2 months so I wanted to document my office and the building I work in. I'm happy with my new glass!

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Tokina 11-16 2.8

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