Need help on Wide Zoom

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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.
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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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?
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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rbsmith said:
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.
You'd have double the shutter speed.

How much wider is the 12mm than the 17mm at 20 ft. or 200 ft.
Much wider :roll:? Since I'm not a wide angle specialist, I'll let someone else field that.
 
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rbsmith said:
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.
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 https://www.nikoncafe.com//forums/viewtopic.php?t=198&highlight= . It's pretty solid for architectural shooting as well. See : https://www.nikoncafe.com//forums/viewtopic.php?t=380&highlight= and https://www.nikoncafe.com//forums/viewtopic.php?t=1153&highlight= and https://www.nikoncafe.com//forums/viewtopic.php?t=1148 .

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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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.
 
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