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WA alternatives to the famous 14-24??

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by Jonathan, Aug 29, 2008.

  1. Jonathan


    Jun 11, 2005
    Southern Maine
    I've come to the very painful decision that I just don't shoot wide often enough to justify keeping this lens due to the expense, and will be putting it on the FS forum soon to free up some dough.

    Knowing that everything else is a bit of a compromise, can anyone offer advice on a decent wide angle that does not break the bank?

    At this point I'm considering the Tamron 17-35 2.8-4, but am not sure. I shoot strickly FX so need to keep that in mind.

    Thanks all!!:smile:
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  2. Alias


    Aug 23, 2008
    Brighton UK
    sigma 15-30mm ftw
  3. You can't beat the 17-35 Nikkor. I still love the one you sold me a few years ago! If you are really on a budget, how about a fixed 24? 24mm was the wide angle that Galen Rowell used more than any other focal length. It seems to be a nice balance, between not TOO wide and not wide enough.
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  5. I think he needs a full frame lens.
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  6. Phillip Ino

    Phillip Ino

    Nov 26, 2007
    Sigma 20mm 1.8 :smile:
  7. Jonathan


    Jun 11, 2005
    Southern Maine
    Yes, full frame only for me, which narrows the selection a lot. :frown:
  8. Phillip Ino

    Phillip Ino

    Nov 26, 2007
    Or pick up a 20-35/2.8. Nice, solid zoom, pretty light. Can be had for under $500.
  9. Jonathan


    Jun 11, 2005
    Southern Maine
    I hadn't thought of the 20-35. I had one years ago and it was a great lens.
  10. Sigma 12-24 ? That's an FX lens.

    Or how about the Nikon or Tokina 12-24 ? They're DX lenses, but work on FX from 18mm up.


  11. Funny, I've been thinking the same thing lately. :biggrin: Great thread!
  12. Nikkor 18-35
  13. Phillip Ino

    Phillip Ino

    Nov 26, 2007
    And despite it not being an AF-S lens, it still focuses darn fast. The focus ring only turns around a 1/4 turn to fully focus, so it ends up being fast on the higher end bodies.
  14. adaml


    Feb 21, 2006
    Like Mike mentioned, the Sigma 12-24mm is the widest full-frame lens available from any manufacturer.

    It's been around awhile so there ought to be a lot of info available about it on the Web.
  15. PJohnP


    Feb 5, 2005
    Jonathan :

    For the money, the Nikon 18-35mm is a pretty good alternative. It only gives up 1mm from the vaunted 17-35mm, and if you're going to be shooting stopped down anyway, gives fine crisp results. One can find them on eBay or here at the Café pretty regularly.

    John P.
  16. Here's Fred Miranda's site take on the 12-24 Sigma
    http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/showproduct.php?product=184&sort=7&cat=37&page=1 Overall 8.8
    Amazon $697.14

    Sigma 20mm f/1.8
    http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/showproduct.php?product=125&sort=7&cat=38&page=1 Overall 7.6
    Amazon $399.00

    Sample shots http://markuspuustinen.com/galleriat/07/04/sigma_20mm_f1_8/ Bokeh looks funky.

    Nikon 20mm f/2.8
    http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/showproduct.php?product=55&sort=7&cat=12&page=1 Overall 8.4
    J&R $492, NY Internet stores $486

    Tamron 17-35 f/2.8
    http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/showproduct.php?product=245&sort=7&cat=43&page=1 Overall 8.7
    Adorama $299.00 Amazon $284.60
  17. what about the Nikkor 20mm 2.8, its small and handy and feels like a classical nikon lens.
  18. Jeff Jarvis

    Jeff Jarvis

    Sep 10, 2007
    A friend borrowed my 14-24 for some interior shots. Ended up liking his 20mm better for these shots.
  19. tfenne


    Apr 10, 2008
    Cambridge, MA
    I've been thinking about this lens a lot lately. There's just something about 12mm on FX that makes me lust after this lens. As a result I've been doing a decent amount of research and most reviews are very positive, though there are clearly bad copies in the wild. And it can be had currently for $570 after cashback from Beach Camera / Buy Dig via MS Live CashBack :biggrin:
  20. If you are willing to go MF and can justify the cost, the Zeiss 25 2.8 ZF is a super lens that will spank any zoom. There is one on FM B&S right now for $625. I would have to agree with the other post that said a 24 is a super useful focal length.

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