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Old Feb 16, 2007, 9:37 AM   #1
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I am still trying to decide if I want the 85mm 1.8, or a wide angle Nikon lens. I have the D80 with the 18-135mm and 50mm 1.8. I'd like some feedback on some really good wide angle lenses. I have a 50mm, so I don't think the 28mm is worthwhile at this point. But I'd like something fast (if affordable) at a wider angle. Please give me some feedback on your experiences with these lenses. I think I'm trying to do more landscape-type photography. Not sure if I should just use my 18-135mm for this and get an 85mm, or take the plunge and get a wider angle. Don't know why I'm struggling so much with this. Seems I should know which end I want to pursue! :?
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Old Feb 16, 2007, 6:52 PM   #2
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It's not your fault. You're struggling because their aren't any good "wide angle" prime lens choices available for cropped sensor digital cameras (most of them currently available). This is unfortunate, because I prefer primes myself.

What used to be wide angle lens, say a 24mm, now is effectively a 36mm (not so wide). A 20mm effectively becomes a 30mm. The pricey 14mm becomes effectively a 21mm. Not a cost effective solution.

Though I prefer primes, unless you're shooting a FF sensor digital like the 5D, your only real choice is a wide angle zoom.

I recently got the Tokina 12-24 (effectively a 18 - 36) & so far I am quite pleased with it. I understand the Nikon 12 - 24 is nice as well (no personal experience).

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Old Feb 17, 2007, 6:44 PM   #3
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Thanks for your response. I've read a lot of great things about that Tokina 12-24mm lens. I think I'm going to go try one out at the store and consider ordering it. I've read it is pretty heavy! B&H reviews seem to say it's a pretty excellent lens. And as it's half the price of a Nikon, it seems that much more excellent.
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Old Feb 18, 2007, 5:30 PM   #4
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I have the Tokina 12-24 and really love it. I used it a lot, earlier today when I shot my goddaughter's birthday party(indoors with external flash). Another lens that has received good reviews and feedback is the Sigma 10-20. It is wider, and the difference is noticeable. You should also check it out, if you can find it at your local stores. The Sigma is also easier to find than the Tokina.

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