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Old 13-12-2005, 11:55   #1 (permalink)
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Which Wide Angle Lens ?

Not sure which Wide Angle lens to get .

Prices from onestop

Sigma 10-20mm £299
Tamron 11-18mm £309
Nikon 12-24mm £576
Tokina 12-24mm £300

I'm happy to buy the Nikon at that price if there is a noticeable difference in quality from the rest.
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Old 13-12-2005, 12:47   #2 (permalink)
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I have the 12-24mm Nikon lens and it is infinitely better than the kit lens in terms of image quality.

It is also MUCH wider..
 
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Old 13-12-2005, 18:25   #3 (permalink)
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Amateur Photographer rated the Tokina 12-24 substantially higher than the Sigma 10-20.
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Old 13-12-2005, 19:50   #4 (permalink)
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Cheers guys...so need to compare Nikon with Tokina then
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Old 13-12-2005, 19:55   #5 (permalink)
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Cheers guys...so need to compare Nikon with Tokina then
I think for the price I would go with the Tokina.

FM has quite a few reviews of the Nikon iirc.
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Old 13-12-2005, 22:00   #6 (permalink)
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Noticed there is a s/h Nikon on for £400 with less than 1 hr to go on EBAY...only problem is seller has (4) feedback, with several no longer registered . Option to meet in London, but bit far for me.
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Old 14-12-2005, 08:22   #7 (permalink)
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Nikon used to make a 6mm fish-eye but you had to order it specially as hardly anyone ever had it in stock. I use a 14mm and it seems OK for the few times I use it, though as it's a Sigma I do get flare sometimes which I didn't when using the 14mm Nikkor that I used to have issued to me.
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Old 14-12-2005, 14:19   #8 (permalink)
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Cheers Rob.....struggling to find reviews that can show a big difference between Nikon & Tokina at the mo.....although clear that Nikon has better quality control so less likely to get a dodgy lens

Now that extra bit from 12 -> 10mm would be nice to have, but too risky from what I read with Sigma QC on lenses...especially if ordering from HK.

Saying that only £35 more from Jessops than onestop for Sigma.....can't find Tokina at Jessops, but the Nikon is an extra £323 than onestop !!! Looking long term I expect less depreciation on Nikon if bought from HK with that initial saving ?
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Old 14-12-2005, 17:28   #9 (permalink)
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Another thing to bear in mind is that the Nikon is constant F4 across the entire zoom range and has an AF-S motor.

I'm not sure whether the others mentioned are HSM (or equivalent Tokina technology) and I think they have variable apertures?

These factors may, or may not, be important to you..
 
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Old 15-12-2005, 20:04   #10 (permalink)
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Unbelievably after all this searching the wen for reviews on the lenses, I was scanning my Digital Photo Mag from Nov 05 & it had a group test on them all

Gold went to the Sigma 10-20mm & Silver to the Canon 10-22mm

From the example photographs I really could see hardly any difference between the Nikon, Canon, Sigma (10-20) & Tokina, so feel it came down to price as final decider.

This is harder than deciding on a new car !!!
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Old 15-12-2005, 20:10   #11 (permalink)
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From the photozene.de review I would buy the Tokina.
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Old 15-12-2005, 20:18   #12 (permalink)
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Well after reading Mag review I was set on the Sigma, as the extra 2mm equates to extra 10 degree of view......but then reading 2nd table . Nikon is out of the picture now, as for me the difference in price could go towards a nice macro lens Now if only Jessops had Tokina in at a decent price, I could try the Sigma & if not happy exchange for Tokina. Only prob is Tokina is only a competitive price from onestop...............why is everything in life so complicated
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As for the reviews, I defy any 10mm lens to produce distortion free images.
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As for the reviews, I defy any 10mm lens to produce distortion free images.
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Even my 12-24 distorts visibily at 12mm but as long as you accept it for what it is then you learn to work with it and still produce nice pics.
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Old 17-12-2005, 20:24   #15 (permalink)
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From reading other results I have decided the following, for my requirements

- Nikon has the best optical lens performance
- Sigma is close 2nd in Optical Performance, but has extra 10 degree view.

If both lenses were 12-24mm, putting aside the cost difference I would go for the Nikkor. But for me I want WIDE angle & that extra 10 degrees has made the difference.

Off to Jessops for me next week
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Old 18-12-2005, 11:49   #16 (permalink)
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UPDATE - Lens in stock online, with free next day delivery....so I bought it
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Old 21-12-2005, 19:48   #17 (permalink)
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Well it arrived yesterday afternoon so only had chance to fire off a few test shots. First thoughts were, everthing is now so small in the view finder Takes a while to get used to this level of wide angle. Will defintely be retaking all shots of interior of house (for sale) as rooms look a lot bigger now (I'm sure Estate agents were done for using ultra wide angle shots ?)
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Old 08-06-2006, 08:56   #18 (permalink)
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Which Wide Angle Lens ?

Worth checking out reviews for these lenses here :-

Sigma 10-20mm
Sigma 12-24mm
Canon 10-22mm
Nikon 12-24mm
Tokina 12-24mm
Tamron 11-18mm

If you already have one of these lenses, why not add your review to the above links, to help others decide which Wide Angle lens to purchase
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I've recently purchased the Sigma 10-20mm ( got it from Jessops for £301, local branch matched their web prices... although the Nikon fit is dearer I believe!) Not really had a chance to put it through it's paces yet, but pleased with initial results.

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Did you get that iniital....WOW how wide feeling ? I was shocked at first .
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The 10-20 is good for the money and wideness, but Nikon users should also look at the Nikon 12-24 which is supposed to be very good.

The Tokina 12-24 is supposed to be sharper than the 10-20 in the corners, which is where the 10-20 falls down a bit.
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Did you get that iniital....WOW how wide feeling ? I was shocked at first .
Yes Dave, it was definitely a bit of a shock at first Hopefully I'll be able to get out over the weekend and try a few more shots with my new lens.

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The 10-20 is good for the money and wideness, but Nikon users should also look at the Nikon 12-24 which is supposed to be very good.

The Tokina 12-24 is supposed to be sharper than the 10-20 in the corners, which is where the 10-20 falls down a bit.
you're absolutely right, but for me the extra width compensates for it every time. also the CA on the sigma is nearly non-evident, better than all the others in the tests. i'd definately like to have a go with the nikon but it just seems that it's a little too pricey considering the competition.
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Worth noting that CA can be corrected in Photo Shop relatively easily.....not that I've ever had to do it before
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fair point

the extra 2mm can't tho

i don't mean to sound like i'm just pushing the sigma as i own one, i've read heaps of reviews on all the competitors and i would honestly be happy with any of them
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