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Randall Cottrell 3:29pm, 20 December 2007
ok

i've been looking for something wide for a while since i sold my 18-55 w/ my d40x to a friend. right now the widest i have is 28 on my 28-70, and i can't stand that lens. i feel myself missing that 18-28 a lot more than i thought i would.

my lens search has come down to this. i want to keep it cheap as i also plan on buying a wide-ish fast prime sometime in the near future (sigma 30mm 1.4? 24mm 1.8?).

sigma's 15-30mm f/3.5-4.5 and their 17-35mm f/2.8-4 are my two choices.

for those of you who shoot a lot of wide angle, is there a noticable difference between 15mm and 17mm? i like that the 17-35mm drops down to f/2.8 rather than f/3.5 on the 15-30mm.

for the most part though they are pretty similar in focal range, aperature, focusing distance, price, blah blah blah


*the msrp on sigma's website lists both lenses at about $700, which as always, you can get them way cheaper. i found both lenses on amazon for $220 and $240
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Karl W. 11 years ago
I'd personally probably go with the 17-35mm just for the lower F stop 2mm can't be all that much difference I'm guessing. Plus you get an extra 5mm on the high end.
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JulesAmeel PRO 11 years ago
12 to 24 tokina!!!! a constant f stop is huge!!!! it's worth the money and is comparible to nikon's version in lens quality and nikon's is 1200$ i have the 17-35 and it's pretty sweet, but not as good as my tokina glass
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Randall Cottrell 11 years ago
the 12-24 is sweet and it'd be awesome to have 12mm...but it's about 2x what i want to spend on a lens right now
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edgeways 11 years ago
there is always the screw on conversion lenses, less then a $100, essentially halving the lens you use it on, seem to work well. Is what I'm using till I have enough for a truely decent WA, and even then I'll use it as well.
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Randall Cottrell Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Randall Cottrell (moderator) 11 years ago
i'm now considering sigma's 10-20 and ditchd50's advide of the tokina 12-24 as i have come into a bit more $ than i expected. if i'm going to go wide, i might as well go wide

choices...choices...

why can't i just have a bottomless lens account?
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Karl W. 11 years ago
What are the price comparison on the two lens?
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Sweetlake 11 years ago
Bob West (www.flickr.com/photos/bob_west/) shoots quite a bit with the 10-20 sigma. Check out his stream. It's wide, not a fisheye. It's been transfered to next year's Christmas list.
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I have heard very good things about the 15-30. Keep in mind, you cannot add filters to the front of the 15-30 though and it has a built in lens hood.
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Randall Cottrell 11 years ago
ooo, i think i'm eliminating the 15-30 now. i like filters

the 10-20 runs just under $500, w/ the 12-24 just cheaper than that (well at least that's what i've seen on ebay)

i'm thinking i might just get the 17-35 for now (maybe...lol). 17 is still much wider than the 28 i have now, plus sicne they've stopped making xbox games those new 40gb ps3's have been calling my name
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maxcaven 11 years ago
randy if you get it let me know, I don't have a kit lens anymore. haha it fell and broke.
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Randall Cottrell 11 years ago
max...will do, once i finally decide (might take a while)

i just read from multiple places that the 17-35 is really really soft and that's not what i'm looking for. on fredmiranda.com's review page it was one of few lenses w/ an overall review score of a 6 out of 10.
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JulesAmeel PRO 11 years ago
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Randall Cottrell Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Randall Cottrell (moderator) 11 years ago
oh cool. thanks. that was helpful. right now i'm leaning towards the tokina 12-24, but the sigma 10-20 is still there. i believe a few dpg members have it

max, if you're looking for a (better) replacement to your kit lens...check out tamron's 17-50mm f/2.8 i've read only great things about it
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maxcaven 11 years ago
haha will it auto focus on the d40?
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I will throw this out there to help make your decision tougher or easier. LOL

Here is a thread with some user reviews.

www.dcresource.com/forums/showthread.php?p=209942

www.nikonians.org/nikon/nikkor-12-24mm/super-wide_shootou...

The Tokina has a constant aperture of F/4 which is strong point over the sigma 10-20mm.
If it were me and I could afford either lens, I would go for the Tokina.
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Randall Cottrell 11 years ago
max...shoot i forgot about that. no it doesn't. however, for about the same price this sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 does.

ditch...how is the af on your tokina? pretty smooth/silent? or does it make just a bit of noise?
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JulesAmeel PRO 11 years ago
not at all totaly silent, and manual focus feels sooo good like a good old film lens, i think they have one up at first photo you could try out, last time they also had a d300 body you could put it on
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Randall Cottrell 11 years ago
oh sweet...i don't like first photo much anymore but i'll head over there tomorrow and check it out. it'd also be awesome to see/hold/use a d300
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Randall Cottrell 11 years ago
well i just ordered the 15-30 lol

i wasn't even considering it for a while, but i just didn't want to spend $500 on a lens and the 17-35 sounds like a piece, so the 15-30 was my next choice. it should be here in about a week

i also want a ps3...
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Shawn Thompson - Lake Superior Photographer Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Shawn Thompson - Lake Superior Photographer (admin) 11 years ago
Like I said before I have heard allot of good things about the 15-30. Congrats on the purchase
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JulesAmeel PRO 11 years ago
you disapoint me
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Randall Cottrell 11 years ago
haha
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