D7000 Lens suggestion needed

Started Aug 11, 2011 | Discussions
morey000 Senior Member • Posts: 2,741
D7000 Lens suggestion needed

OK- I've been out of the Nikon scene for a while, but we (wife and I) upgraded our old Canon D20 to a zippy new Nikon D7000 with the Nikon 18-105VR lens. Outstanding instrument so far and having fun with it. (she's got the photographer's eye, and I know how to use all the features- so we're kind of a team)

In search of a nice, bright wider angle zoom. For the old D20, we've got the stellar Canon 10-22mm lens. We don't necessarily need that wide (although it's nice), but certainly something wider than the 18mm ( 28mm effective) has to offer.

Price is flexible. The last little bit of resolution in a corner isn't all that critical, but our priorities are feel, operation, focus speed and brightness.

What are some good suggestions?

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nfpotter Veteran Member • Posts: 4,080
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I have the Tokina 12-24mm f/4, and love it. Got it used on Craigslist for $340. It's sharp, built well, good colors and contrast. The ONLY thing I don't like is that it's prone to flares and ghosts, but a lens hood or a hand over the lens to shade it solves that most of the time. I was going to get the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 for the extra 1 mm wide and faster speed, but I decided it was more important to have the extra zoom range that the 12-24 has.

An example, paired with my D80:

vennert Junior Member • Posts: 30
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I picked up my new D7000 about a month ago, and just added the Tokina AT-X DX 11-16 f2.8 on Monday. While I don't have a lot of time behind this lens just yet, so far I'm pleased with the results. Looking for a lens for an upcoming trip to Ireland, I asked the Forum for recommendations for a quality wide-angle for landscape shooting. Many replied recommending this lens.

binary_eye Veteran Member • Posts: 4,290
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morey000 wrote:

In search of a nice, bright wider angle zoom. For the old D20, we've got the stellar Canon 10-22mm lens. We don't necessarily need that wide (although it's nice), but certainly something wider than the 18mm ( 28mm effective) has to offer.

You've got quite a lot of choices. The following are generally well-regarded:

Sigma 8-16 f/4.5-5.6 ($700)
Sigma 10-20 f/4-5.6 ($480)
Nikkor 10-24 f/3.5-4.5 ($900)
Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 ($660)
Nikkor 12-24 f/4 ($1170)
Tokina 12-24 f/4 ($400/$550, no motor/motor)
Nikkor 16-35 f/4 VR ($1140)

My opinion: 8mm is way too wide to be useful for most things, and 16mm is still wide enough that you'll need to switch lenses if you want anything resembling a non-ultra-wide shot. So for me, the Sigma 8-16 and Tokina 11-16 are out of the question. 10mm is wide enough to get practically anything you need in a shot and to get very exaggerated perspective. The question is whether the 10mm of the Sigma 10-20 is worth its lack of speed and range at the long end, and whether the wide range of the Nikkor 10-24 is worth what the lens costs. 12mm is still wide enough to get a lot in a shot if in cramped spaces and to exaggerate perspective. I own the older Tokina 12-24 without the AF motor and love it, especially for indoor use. I wouldn't even consider the Nikkor 12-24 at this point because of its price. The Nikkor 16-35 is a non-DX lens, but I put it in the list, anyway. 16mm is still plenty wide, 35mm on the long end is nice, and VR is useful. I bought the Tokina 12-24 three years ago, and even with the new options for DX ultra-wide, I'd probably choose it again. It's the least flashy of all the lenses, but it's got a great range, isn't too slow, is a great value (especially the no motor version), and the build quality is better than the consumer Nikkors.

Reilly Diefenbach
Reilly Diefenbach Forum Pro • Posts: 11,682
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Nikon 10-24, just like your Canon superwide, only better. Sharp as a tack except in the extreme corners at 10mm and the 24mm end is useful too. The sigma 8-16 is very nice too. Don't forget DXO.

binary_eye Veteran Member • Posts: 4,290
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A few examples of the Tokina 12-24 (older version). I have a 20" x 30" print of the last photo which looks great.

motobloat Regular Member • Posts: 497
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If it's got to be bright (I'm assuming a relatively larger max aperture), and have good build quality, your options get a little more limited; I would call anything smaller than f/4 too dim.

Nikkor 10-24 f/3.5-4.5 ($900)
Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 ($660)
Nikkor 12-24 f/4 ($1170)
Tokina 12-24 f/4 ($400/$550, no motor/motor)

Add: Sigma 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM - ($650) - With a constant max aperture of 3.5, a higher level of build quality (Sigma's "EX" designation), I think it is really Sigma's best wide angle zoom (although the Sigma 10-20 f/4-5.6 is also an EX lens, and is quite good as well.)

The Nikkor 12-24 f/4 can be had for about $700 used since it's not in as much of a demand since the Nikkor 10-24 came out. It has a bit better build quality than the 10-24, and pretty much the same image quality.

OP morey000 Senior Member • Posts: 2,741
thanks

you've all really narrowed it down for me.
Thanks for the suggestions.

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Reilly Diefenbach
Reilly Diefenbach Forum Pro • Posts: 11,682
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The Nikkor 12-24 f/4 can be had for about $700 used since it's not in as much of a demand since the Nikkor 10-24 came out. It has a bit better build quality than the 10-24, and pretty much the same image quality.

Well, no, the 10-24 is sharper than the older lens at all settings, especially in the corners, and it also can be had used for about the same used. Build quality is not an issue, it is built more than well enough for consumer use.

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=659&Camera=614&Sample=0&FLI=0&API=2&LensComp=658&CameraComp=614&SampleComp=0&FLIComp=0&APIComp=2

motobloat Regular Member • Posts: 497
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Reilly Diefenbach wrote:

The Nikkor 12-24 f/4 can be had for about $700 used since it's not in as much of a demand since the Nikkor 10-24 came out. It has a bit better build quality than the 10-24, and pretty much the same image quality.

Well, no, the 10-24 is sharper than the older lens at all settings, especially in the corners, and it also can be had used for about the same used. Build quality is not an issue, it is built more than well enough for consumer use.

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=659&Camera=614&Sample=0&FLI=0&API=2&LensComp=658&CameraComp=614&SampleComp=0&FLIComp=0&APIComp=2

My rebuttal:

  • I wrote "pretty much the same" not "exactly the same".

  • The test you linked to indicates that those test charts were shot with a D3x... these are DX zooms, and that is an FX camera. Most people aren't going to use the lens like that, because it's not designed to be used that way (even if the camera was set in "crop mode"). For a more apples-to-apples comparison, check out the reviews on Photozone.de; both of the lenses perform very similarly (and anyway, their tests would indicate that the 12-24 is better in the corners, not the 10-24 so :P)

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