Ultra wide angle - what to get?

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  1. Liquid101

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    I'm in the market for something a little wider than my Sigma 20mm.

    Ideally I'd like to stick with a prime lens, although I wouldn't rule out one of the wide zooms. Obviously has to be Nikon Fit.

    Anybody have the Sigma 15mm f2.8? or the 10mm-20mm zoom?

    What about the Nikon 16mm f2.8 and 12-24mm f4

    Opinions and advice welcome. :)
     
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    For an UW zoom, budget no object, the Nikon 12-24 is the one to go for. For 90% of the performance of the Nikon, at 50% of the price, get the Tokina 12-24 f4.
     
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    I've just taken delivery of the Sigma EX 14mm F2.8 and it's a lovely lens, the only major downside being the fact that you can't use front mounted filters!

    Tamron do a 14mm f2.8. I have wondered why you would want a fast wide angle? Most of the time it will be on a tripod so the you don't need the speed on the lens and you actually scupper yourself by not being able to use filters!!!

    Even though I've just received the lens I might see about changing it for the Sigma 10-20mm....
     
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    I've had the Sigma 10-20 for a while now. Optically its better than my old Nikon 18-35 (back in the film days) - less CA. Its good and sharp across the board as far as I can tell. Vignetting can be a problem at 10mm with a polariser attached though - not usually a problem, I just nudge it up to 12mm and that gets rid of it. I don't have one of those slim polarisers. At the price, its worth a look even if you decide you want to go prime in the end.
     
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    I took purchase of a Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6 EX DC HSM the other day due to recomendations and it came top in Digital Photographer test of loads of Wide Angle lenses. £299 delivered next day from Warehouseexpres.com, but think you can get it a bit cheaper if you shop around.

    Took this one with it and very pleased overall with it :

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    :thumbsup:
     
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    Highlander, that's brilliant. Can you tone down the white on the bride's dress? You've just burnt it out a smidgen... Otherwise, very, very good :)
     
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    Our old friend KenRockwell has done some in-depth testing on the most popular wide angle zooms.
    I know you are mainly interested in primes but it makes interesting reading.

    http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/digital-wide-zooms/comparison.htm
     
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    Tokina all the way.
     
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    been looking at these as well, for the money the sigma 10-20 seems to come out tops. came out top in the recent reviews in digital photo magazine. Can be had for £245 from one stop digital :thumbsup:
     
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    Tokina all the way for me too. Borrowed a friends last week, and it is much sharper than the Sigma, plus suffers nowhere near the distortion.
     
  11. Liquid101

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    Thanks for all the replies - To be honest i'd put in an offer on a 10-20 sigma that was on offer in the trading forum, but after reading everything again, i've withdrawn. :rolleyes:

    Looks like the Tokina it is then,
     
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    I know there are plenty of other threads singing the praises of Onestop-Digital (deservedly IMHO) but I found their price for this lens hard to get anywhere close to...
     
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