Which Wide Angle Lens?


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kat-vorg

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Hello everyone!

I'm pretty new to camera stuffs, so I need some help with buying the suitable wide angle lens, so I won't waste money. >'<

I'm hoping to get a lens thats:

1. walk-about for streets and sceneries
2. not too fishy, i.e. i'm not looking for 10mms.
3. value for money (most definitely ;))

I'm hoping to get it soon, so do advise me!

Any advice and recommendations are welcomed. :D
 

shunzi

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35mm or crop bodies u are using??
 

erictan8888

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how about the 17-35mm ? its good and will last a very long time... :)
 

kat-vorg

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17-35?

will it be expensive? and how about 12-24mm?
 

erictan8888

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not too cheap, but very good lens.
i dun quite like the distortion of the 12-24.
anyway, if you a re considering FX in fututre, do take note that the 12-24 is a DX lens while the 17-35 is a FX lens
 

calebk

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Just because it's a 10mm lens does not mean it will be a fisheye lens. There are fisheyes with focal lengths of 15mm, for instance. Fisheye lenses are designed to intentionally be non-rectilinear (i.e intentionally distorted), while UWA lenses are designed to be rectilinear.

These were shot at 10mm on a Canon 30D:





 

kat-vorg

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thank you thank you all for the replies. but i still have loads of questions :sweat: :

not too cheap, but very good lens.
i dun quite like the distortion of the 12-24.
anyway, if you a re considering FX in fututre, do take note that the 12-24 is a DX lens while the 17-35 is a FX lens
hmmm.. so, does that mean FX lens can be fixed onto DX lens? well, personally I'm looking for lens that doesn't have much distortion. so, it'll be a good walk about, that is, something close to the human eye.


Just because it's a 10mm lens does not mean it will be a fisheye lens. There are fisheyes with focal lengths of 15mm, for instance. Fisheye lenses are designed to intentionally be non-rectilinear (i.e intentionally distorted), while UWA lenses are designed to be rectilinear.

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so therefore UWA &#8800; Fisheye, right? any nikon recommendation then?

once again guys, thanks alot! :D
 

kat-vorg

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btw, calebk, nice photos! :)
 

teebs

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Tamron 17-50f2.8? A pretty good walk around lens in my opinion. :)
 

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tokina 11-16 f2.8 - abt 800+ (DX) - fit into fx left 15mm-16mm
tokina 12-24 f4 abt 500 - (DX) resale market fix into fx - 16-24mm
nikon 12-24 f2.8 - 1200? (FX)
sigma 10-20mm f/4 - abt 500 too (resale)

go google ultra-wide angle lens on kenrockwell.com
he gives excellent review and did a comparsion between nikon/tokina/tamorn/sigma.

i personally went for tokina 12-24 f/4 for its price and IQ and range. given the fact that i use uwa mostly for landscapes - i dun need f2.8. f11 is most of the time that im shooting with =)
 

Shen siung

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tokina 11-16 f2.8 - abt 800+ (DX) - fit into fx left 15mm-16mm
tokina 12-24 f4 abt 500 - (DX) resale market fix into fx - 16-24mm
nikon 12-24 f2.8 - 1200? (FX)
sigma 10-20mm f/4 - abt 500 too (resale)
I think Tamron just launch a AF10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II, should already available in Nikon mount. You may want to check out in shops

If you already have a kit lens for D90 (should be 18-105 iirc), probably you can consider tokina 11-16 f2.8. If that is too ex for you, only left the choice of tokina 12-24 or sigma. But if I'm correct for the new item, these 2 also above 600.
 

jlkk76

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go with tokina 12-24 F4...

still the best bargain for UWA....$500-550 for 2 hand...:)
 

thenomad

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If you don't need very wide angles, you can consider the 16-85 VR. Great for walkabout on the streets, and it has VR. The focal length range is very useful. Also, this lens is very sharp, great for landscapes.

It is a DX lens. Brand new price now should be below $1,000, or can get 2nd hand for cheaper.
 

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