I recently took up photography and realised that i enjoyed taking landcapes. In an effort to further pursue and develop this interest of mine, i hve decided to get a wide angle lens for this purpose.
Similar to most poeple the cost of owning one is a major drawback but i am prepared to get one. Given my "newbieness" i need the help of you guys to advise further which lens is the most suitable. Just a brief background im using a Nikon D5000 and will consider getting a 3rd party lens if necessary (if the price of getting a Nikon blows the mind). wont rule out 2nd hand as well but need to know which one to focus my attention to.
Have been scouting around website for reviews and comparisions but most put it in a way that are either too technical to be understood or not in a language i can fully grasp. But anyways here is a list of what i would consider getting
a) AF Zoom-Nikkor 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5D IF-ED
b) AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G IF-ED
c) Tokina AF 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX
d) Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM
e) Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 EX DG IF HSM Aspherical
Apart from the varying zoom length i noticed that the apertures vary across brands also. Would need some expert advise on why this is the case and how it will impact my purchse decision.
Looking fwd to your much valued and sincere advise
sincerely - the newbie who is willing to try