Need help on Wide Zoom

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by rbsmith, Apr 28, 2005.

  1. rbsmith


    Apr 13, 2005
    Saltillo, Ms
    Ok I am lusting for a wide zoom. I would like to have the Nikon 17-55 2.8 but I can't justify paying that much at this time. My other options are the Sigma 18-50 2.8, the Tamron 17-35 2.8-4 or the Tokina 12-24 f4. I am leaning toward the Sigma because of the 2.8, but I also like the idea of the wider Tokina. Are any of you familiar with these lenses. Would I see a lot of differences between the 2.8 and the 4. Any help that you can give will be greatly appreciated.
  2. The wider lenses are usually used for scapes, and are stopped down to get good DOF. When do you figure you'd need wide angle and f/2.8?

    Don't forget to look at the Sigma 12-24. It gets great reviews in architectural circles.
  3. Frank, the wide and 2.8 is great for night photography. Bernie and I were shooting night shots in Toronto here, handheld with the ISO pushed to 1600 on the S3, and all pics came out sharp and clear.
    The Nikon 17-55 is one of their sharpest lenses, so if you're doing landscape or architecture, I'd HIGHLY suggest it.
  4. Hi, Sandi! I don't do night shots so I'm just speculating, but I'd think that if you're going for quality night shots,
    you'd be using a tripod, in which case the difference between f/4 and f/2.8 in terms of shutter speed would
    be a non-issue. But wouldn't the increased DOF would be invaluable?
  5. rbsmith


    Apr 13, 2005
    Saltillo, Ms
    Thanks to both of you. Both are very good points. That type of information is what I'm looking for. I really enjoy the landscapes but I also find myself shooting in low light situations where the wide angle comes in handy also.
  6. rbsmith


    Apr 13, 2005
    Saltillo, Ms
    Thanks again Frank. You replied again while I was answering. That's what I would like to know. How much difference does it make between the f/4 and f/2.8. How much wider is the 12mm than the 17mm at 20 ft. or 200 ft.
  7. You'd have double the shutter speed.

    Much wider :roll:? Since I'm not a wide angle specialist, I'll let someone else field that.
  8. PJohnP


    Feb 5, 2005
    Hurm. Lotsa issues on this one.

    I've used the 18-35mm, the 17-35mm, and the 12-24mm. These days, I'm mostly stuck on the 12-24mm because of the wider end capability. It's not the fastest lens at f/4, but it has great capabilities even in low light. An example of that can be seen at . It's pretty solid for architectural shooting as well. See : and and .

    The 12-24mm isn't cheap, but if you're really going to need the wider end, it's darned nice. Note that even with the 12mm end, sometimes you'll still want more - two of the photos were stitched beyond the initial shots.

    John P.
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  9. dannv

    dannv Guest

    the Sigma 15-30 is my favorite wide angle for the $$. its a big lens but does the job well. its good edge to edge. it only takes screw-on filters at the longer focal length although it can accept gels.
  10. rbsmith


    Apr 13, 2005
    Saltillo, Ms
    Thanks for the replies. More will be welcomed. I'm learning more everyday.
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