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Old Jul 17, 2010, 8:02 AM   #1
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Default Atmospheric Lens for Landscapes

Hi guys

I am thinking of getting an atmospheric lens / fisheye in addition to the current
Nikkor18-200mm 3.5-5.6 and 50mm 1.4D i have for my trip to Africa

I like taking pictures of landscapes (dynamic) and people
not so much animals so not thinking of those super zooms yet.

Which would you recommend considering cost / performance?

1/ AF DX Fisheye Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED 700 USD
2/ AF-S DX NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED 800 USD
3/ SIGMA 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM 500 USD
4/ TAMRON SP AF 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di 2 500 USD

Or if you have any other propositions

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Old Jul 17, 2010, 9:06 AM   #2
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I am very interested in the Tokina 12-24mm f/4. The current version is $500. There was a previous version, without internal motor, that you could get for $400. They are optically very similar, but apparently the older one had more of a flare problem and not quite as good optics. The Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 also gets rave reviews, but I would find that too specialized a lens for my taste. I like to put a lens on in the morning and shoot all day. Swapping lenses often just doesn't fit my use model, and I worry that 11-16mm would be too unremittingly WA for me to leave it on for anything other than specific shots. Nikon makes a lens that looks beautiful -- the 14-24mm, but it's quite pricey (if memory serves, it's around $1400. Whatever it is, it was far enough above my pocketbook that I immediately started looking elsewhere. But, if you have more money than I do, you might want to look at it.) The Nikon 10-24mm seems OK but nothing special. That was also my response to the Sigma 10-20. But those Tokina lenses really seem to "pop," and are priced very aggressively given their optical quality.

ETA: I just went on Adorama's site to price the Nikon 14-24. It was $1800. FWIW

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Old Jul 17, 2010, 5:54 PM   #3
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Thanks TCLUNE

I did not look into the Tokina Lens
I guess it provides better than Tamron in that it is fixed at f4 whereas Tamron is 3.5-4.5

But given that i woudl be able to capture a wider range of 10-24mm the tamron lens still seem to be more appealing?
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Old Jul 17, 2010, 6:52 PM   #4
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The Tamron lens has generally been reviewed as a pretty mediocre performer. The Photozone review (http://www.photozone.de/nikon--nikko..._nikon?start=2) is pretty representative of the reviews.
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tokina 11-16mm f2.8 wide and bright.
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tokina 11-16mm f2.8 wide and bright.
I concur, well worth its weight in gold
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