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I need a wide landscape lens

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by two slow, Sep 7, 2008.

  1. two slow

    two slow

    Apr 22, 2006
    Talladega, Al
    I don't have much $$, in fact one of my lenses need to go to be able to get something. I have two that overlap to much anyway. A 24-70 2.8f sigma and a 28-105 Nikon.
    Hows the 17-??'s do on the short end for landscapes?
    Also considering the 16-85mm as a replacement for both the lenses if the wide end would do well for landscapes. Anyone try this lens for this? I'm sure the longer end will be fine for most of my shooting.
  2. avyoung


    Dec 17, 2007
    How about a Sigma 10-20? You should be able to pick one up used in the $400 range.
  3. Sigma 10-20 or Tokina 12-24 would be much first ports of call.
  4. Sigma 12-24 or 10-20. Both are more rectilinear for landscapes (a particular preference of mine) and both have much less CA. The Sigma 12-24 has virtually none but the the Tokina is a bit better wide open and fine selection overall. The Sigma 12-24 also gets better the further you stop it down (another feature I particularly like). I shoot frequently at f22 with no diffraction I can see.
  5. CraigH


    Mar 21, 2008
    Orlando, Florida
    The Tamron 17-50 f2.8 might be a consideration.
  6. two slow

    two slow

    Apr 22, 2006
    Talladega, Al
    I originally thought about the 10-20mm or one of the 12-24 variants. I'm not sure I would want to buy a used sigma though. These would fit better with what I have. Not sure about getting a sigma used though.
    Thinking out loud here, a 17-50 would leave to much gap from 50mm to 150mm.
    Looks like I need to think it over some more.
  7. avyoung


    Dec 17, 2007
    I don't think you would have much trouble with a sigma 10-20 used. It has such a wide depth of field, you would not have front/back focusing issues like the fast F1.4 glass or telephotos. I don't see many people on the internet complaining of problems with this lens. The tokina seems be a great choice as well. I just wanted to try the 10mm width, and its been a good lens for me.

    Happy shopping!

  8. 151proof


    Jun 6, 2008
    I have the 16-85(for sale actually) and have used it for landscapes. 16mm is wide enough for most landscapes. The extra 2mm on the wide end worked great along with some reach with 85mm. It replaced my 18-70/28-105 lens. To me, it served a great all around purpose. On the other hand, if you have the need to go wider... you can't go wrong with the tokina 12-24 or sigma 10-20mm, if you're on a budget. If not then go with the nikkor!
  9. nictry


    Sep 5, 2008
    Kent, UK
    I have the Sigma 10-20mm and it really is a great lens for the money, the only issue is with the QC on these lenses as I believe quite a few of them do have some issues so I would advise against S/H in case of warranty issues, at least if you buy new you can just give it back if it is a problem?
  10. zerocool


    Jan 21, 2008
    Tracy Calif
    its not extremely wide as a 10mm... however i have a Tamron 17-35mm 2.8 paid just over 200 for it locally new on sale.. (store was closing) i think the lense goes around 299.00 or something like that
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