1. Welcome to NikonCafe.com—a friendly Nikon camera & photography discussion forum!

    If you are thinking of buying a camera or need help with your photos, you will find our forum members full of advice! Click here to join for free!

Two budget lenses for D80

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by alexgn, Jul 19, 2008.

  1. alexgn


    Jul 18, 2008
    I am considering these lenses:

    Tokina 12-24mm f/4
    Nikkor 24-85mm f/2-/f4

    Tokina 12-24mm f/4
    Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-f/4.5 AF-S

    Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8
    Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-f/4.5 AF-S

    Tokina will bought brand new.

    Nikkor 18-70mm is a good kit lens; many of them are sold in used conditions.

    I know a little about the 24-85mm lenses. The slow version of the two has been discontinued.

    Could someone please comment on my choice and recommend other lenses to consider in the range of 12-80mm.

  2. Tokina 12-24 is a sweet lens.

    I like the first option... probably because I wouldn't really use the 11-16 @ f2.8 (I'd only use it for landscape and thus usually f4 +).

    I like a little longer range so I went Tamron 17-50 and 28-300VC... but the Tokina 12-24 is high on my list and prob. my next buy.
  3. alexgn


    Jul 18, 2008
    I looked at Tamron 17-50mm. There have been so many complaints posted on various resources about its QC problems. So I am considering budget Nikkor lenses instead
  4. LDB415


    Apr 26, 2008
    For around the same cost as the 18-70 you could get the 18-135 and have more reach. Later you could add a Sigma 10-20 or similar and have more width at the other end.
  5. alexgn


    Jul 18, 2008
    I don't need more reach. :) 
  6. RedTownCats


    Jun 23, 2007
    It depends what you plan on shooting but you might find the split at 24mm annoying on a DX body like the D80 -- especially as you seem to be developing wide angle tendencies. :smile:

    [Rounding numbers to the standard lenses: DX digital 18mm -> FX (Film) 28mm, DX 24mm -> FX 35mm]

    I'd be tempted to take the lead from Nikon and go for an 18-xxx lens, and the 18-70 is a good choice.

    Perhaps leave the decision on the wide angle for later. You might even find you'd like some overlap using the 12-24 or Sigma 10-20.

    You might find this useful http://www.naturfotograf.com/index2.html
  7. LDB415


    Apr 26, 2008
    What do you shoot? Do you have other lenses not listed? If so, which? If not, what do you shoot that you don't need/want a lens over 85mm?
  8. alexgn


    Jul 18, 2008

    Believe it or not some people only have 2 fixed focal length lenses for their MF 6x7 cameras, and make a living from selling their images captured on these lenses.
  9. Tosh


    May 6, 2005
    There are lots of good choices at the wide end, and the Tokina 12-24 receives much acclaim.
    I'd look into the Tamron 28-75 2.8 or the Nikon 35-70 2.8 for the midrange zoom.
    The 18-xxX zooms would overlap your wide angle zoom and are slower than the f/2.8 options.
  10. Hm. Personally I feel that longer than ca 85 is kinda rarely useful, for me. On 1.5x crop anyway. A lot of the time I bring the Voigtlander 58mm as my longest lens; I sometimes take the Nikon 85/1.8 if I tnink I need "long". This is all up to personal shooting style, and "how one sees the world".

    Now, to answer the original question: on a budget, I would consider Tokina 12-24 and Tamron 28-75 f/2.8.
  11. There was a thread here on the cafe earlier in the week extolling the virtues of the Nikon 18-135. Seems the general consensus is although a little slow, it's extremely sharp through all of the ranges. There were some great shots posted using this lens as well.

    North Carolina
  12. johnmh


    Nov 21, 2007
    Greater NYC
    Speaking from experience, I like the Tokina 12-24, and use the Nikon 24-85 2.8-4 fairly often. They're my standard low/mid carry kit along with the 'long' 70-200.

    The 24-85 is versatile - just shade it if pointing towards light. .... nice if rarely used Macro capability as well. Still haven't convinced myself to splurge for a 24-70 or 28-70 to replace it.
  13. PWPhoto


    Jul 21, 2006
    San Diego
    nikon 70-300vr should be on there.
  14. Jeff Lee

    Jeff Lee

    May 16, 2006
    The 24-85 DS 2.8-4 is my "One in All travel" when I not taking more than one lens because I always use the close focus/macro and the 2.8 @ 24. I've found it be a good performer when I evaluate it against my Nikkors: 12-24, 80-200 2r, and 300 AFS.

    But if you want new its about $600, which in my mind is not a budget lens. I think the 12-24 is a great choice, perhaps matched with the 24-85 D. At times I have taken my 12-24 & 24-85D for "city trips" and find that it covers 99% of what I want to shoot.

    12-24 is a great range for DX cameras....
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.