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What UWA lens?

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by lovD300, Aug 13, 2009.

  1. Samyang/Vivitar 8mm f3.5 fisheye MF

    1 vote(s)
  2. 10mm f2.8 dx Nikkor fisheye

    6 vote(s)
  3. 10-24mm f3.5-4.5 dx Nikkor lens

    17 vote(s)
  4. 11-16mm f2.8 dx Tokina lens

    11 vote(s)
  5. 14mm f2.8 Nikkor lens

    4 vote(s)
  6. 10-20mm Sigma f3.5 dx lens

    9 vote(s)
  7. OTHER (please post which other one you would suggest)

    12 vote(s)
  1. lovD300


    Feb 25, 2008
    So I have been working on my kit for while, and right now I have a 3 lens kit I will always be carrying... 30 1.4, 60 af-s, 85 1.4. What now I am missing is my UWA lens for this kit to complete it. what do you think is good to get?
  2. Paulie-W


    May 6, 2009
    Nikon 12-24 f4 ?
    I had one for a while, but swapped it out in the end as i just dont go that wide.
  3. TippCity

    TippCity Guest

    When shooting DX the 12-24mm performed very well.
    The 12-24mm performed better above 14mm for my style shooting.

    On FX the 14-24 is outstanding. I also used the 14-24mm on DX also with outstanding results.

    When I want super wide, I go FX and the 14-24mm for my setup.

    If I just need wide angle on DX, the 14-24mm is what I would prefer.
  4. SP77


    Jun 4, 2007
    Rockville, MD
    I voted for the 14mm f/2.8 Nikkor, but I'm weird. :smile: It is a prime though, and you seem to like primes, and it works on full-frame if you ever get a D700 or shoot some film. My next choice would be the Nikon 10-24.
  5. lexdiamonnyc


    Mar 23, 2009
    honestly, my uwa gets very little use but it's nice to have for when you need it.....

    money no object/or planning on going FX= Nikon 14-24 2.8
    on a budget=Tokina 12-24 f4
    need for speed on a budget=Tokina 11-16 2.8
  6. I voted for the Tokina 12-24 f/4 :smile:
  7. WillyPete


    Jan 22, 2009
    First obvious choice: 14-24 nikon. (But you've probably left it out for obvious reasons.
    2nd: Nikon 10-24 dx for your d300
    3rd the 11-16 tokina 2.8
  8. lovD300


    Feb 25, 2008
    wow alot of votes for the 10-20 sigma f3.5. Does anyone have some data on the quality of this lens?
    If anyone can share some shots from these lens that would be great..

    14mm 2.8
    10-20 3.5 sigma
    10-24 nikkor

  9. I'm wondering if some of the folks who voted for the 10-20 3.5 actually meant the 10-20 4-5.6?

    Why is the older, cheaper Sigma not on your list? It's still great bang for the buck.


  10. mrluilou


    Feb 15, 2009
    from what you have listed i would get the nikkor 10-24 ! i own the tokina 12-24 f/4 and it does the job :biggrin:
  11. Same here.
  12. I voted for the Nikkor 10-24, but would also recommend the Nikkor 12-24 f/4 (which I own and love), or either Sigma 10-20.

    I originally bought a Tokina 12-24 and received a bad sample and just went with the Nikkor. I really like being able to go out to 24 mm as it provides the lens with a bit more flexibility for environmental portraits and the like.

    The 14-24 is an awesome lens, and will obviously work on FX. That being said, for landscape work, I use a circular polarizer, along with Cokin Graduated ND filters and I'm not sure the 14-24 is compatible with any of these items.
  13. Weston


    Dec 29, 2008
    Springfield, OR
    I voted for the tokina 11-16. It's the only 2.8 lens that goes really wide for dx.
  14. darkone


    Nov 13, 2008
    Austin, TX
    I bought the Sigma 10-20. Head on over to the Sigma 10-20 thread here in the lens lust forum if you haven't had a chance. I had no problem picking my UWA after that, especially after looking at the price tag compared to some of the others.
  15. SP77


    Jun 4, 2007
    Rockville, MD
    Who else voted for the 14/2.8? :confused:  I thought I was the only one that liked this lens. Bugger! :biggrin:

    Here's some samples. I really need to dump these into a new tribute style thread. Maybe I will.

    F100 + Velvia 50





    F100 and Fuji Reala 100


    There's different flavors and styles of ultra-wide photography. Mine is more along the lines of getting right on top of something and exaggerating perspective, so I find this lens to be very well suited for what I like to do since it focuses closer than any other rectilinear ultra-wide lens that I know of at 0.2m close focus. Most others are in the 0.25 to 0.3m range which is actually a huge difference. About as huge as going from 14mm to 10mm on DX. For a more general purpose landscape/scenic style lens, something with a zoom would be a bit more versatile. For that I'd choose the Nikon 10-24 which gives you some nice range, but still focuses pretty closely. A co-worker picked one of these up so I'll have to see if I can borrow it sometime.
  16. SP77


    Jun 4, 2007
    Rockville, MD
    Here's a collage of shots I put together for when I sold my 11-16. Great lens, but I found that I actually tried to avoid using the lens due to the limited range. It was annoying having to swap lenses just for one shot, and then immediately wanted to get back out into the 18-24mm range again. I didn't like how far away the close focus was. And I found that I usually preferred to stop down to f/4 for additional depth of field on a lot of my photos and got better results that way as opposed to shooting wide-open at f/2.8. So not a good match for me, but I did have fun with it and found it a good new home. :smile: For a DX ultra-wide zoom, I'd definitely prefer a 12-24 or 10-24 type of lens.

    Tokina 11-16 samples:
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  17. User


    Mar 23, 2009
    I have a old Simga 14mm f3.5. I think its a great lens and I only paid $250 for it used.
  18. SP77


    Jun 4, 2007
    Rockville, MD
    Just for fun, this is my favorite Nikon 10.5mm f/2.8 DX fisheye shot of all time. From the balcony of a friend's high-rise condo in Chicago. Converted with the Image Trends Hemi plug-in.


    I think just about all of the lenses you had listed are good, so it's just a matter of finding the one that would most closely match your own personal style and flavor of ultra-wide photography.
  19. lovD300


    Feb 25, 2008
    Steve, Ed,

    When you convert the 10.5 fisheye, what do you end up with? As in how wide is the shot compared in focal length as in UWA length?
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