Not much mention of Nikon 12-24 f4.

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I've noticed through searches that there is not a whole lot of mention of the Nikon 12-24 f4 lens. Alot of members talk of the Tokina in this range and the Nikon 14-24 f2.8. What's up with the Nikon 12-24?

Reason I'm asking is that I'm giving serious thought of purchasing this lens to complement my Nikon 17-55 f2.8. Would this be a useful combination ? I want to stay with the Nikon brand and the 14-24 is a little steep.

I shoot a D300 and have several 2.8 long glass lenses but nothing wider then the 17-55.

Thanks, Jim
 
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The 12-24 is a great compliment to the 17-55. I sold my 17-55 when I bought my 12-24 and have regretted it ever since. The 12-24 is a great little lens, and fantastically sharp all the way from f/4. You would not regret it.
 
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The 12-24 is a great compliment to the 17-55. I sold my 17-55 when I bought my 12-24 and have regretted it ever since. The 12-24 is a great little lens, and fantastically sharp all the way from f/4. You would not regret it.
Thanks for the information, that's what I'm hoping to hear about the 12-24. Also with regards to teaming it up with 17-55.
 
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I'm happy with my Nikon 12-24 f/4, even though I don't use it as well as its previous owner :)

I can't compare it against other wide angle lenses, since I don't own those. There are times it would be nice to be wider. There are also a lot of times that having 24mm means that I can cover a wide variety of subjects without carrying a second lens with me.

There were a lot of great threads on the Nikkor 12-24 on the site. It might be useful to use advanced search, and search for older threads rather than newer threads. The 12-24 has been out for many years. One is at:

https://www.nikoncafe.com/vforums/showthread.php?t=74009&highlight=nikkor+12-24+f/4
 
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Ah,dah. I hadn't thought of using advanced search. I haven't pulled the trigger on it but I'm close. Still doing the research and justifying the expense.
 
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Take a serious look at the 10-24mm as well. The difference between 10 & 12mm on DX is huge. 10-24 is a little faster on the wide end where it will be used the most, similar performance and its cheaper as well. When I shot DX I had 10-24mm, 17-55mm 2.8, and a Tokina 50-135mm 2.8. That was a perfect kit.
 
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Don't forget to check out the Tokina. I owned both, and thought they had very similar image quality (as in, I couldn't tell a difference between the two). The build quality of the Tokina is slightly better in my opinion, and I think it's even cheaper than the Nikon.
 
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I looked at the 12-24 and bought the 10-24. As previously stated, that 2mm at the wide end makes a big difference om DX. I've had the 10-24 since it first came out and couldn't be happier. While I've heard good things about the Tokina 11-16, the 1/2 stop faster at the wide end (where I most often use the lens), doesn't matter to me and the wider zoom range is very useful. I tend to use most UWA at f8 to bring out the extreme DOF anyway.
 
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The reason why you hear more about the Tokina 12-24 f4 is because it has become a very popular lens at a very reasonable price.
Indeed, the Tokina 12-24 f4 is a very good optic but in my experience it is not better than its Nikon counterpart and I am not talking about anything scientific here, my statement is based on what I have seen from using both lenses.
You cannot go wrong using either one.

William Rodriguez
Miami, Florida.
 

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