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photosteph
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p.1 #1 · UWA for FF Nikon


Need your advice on this.
Am looking for a UWA lens for a FF (D600) Nikon.

Would prefer a prime, in the 12 to 18mm range.
Could be third party, could be MF, i don't mind.

This is for use on trips only, so size/weight is an issue, thus my preference for a
lightweight prime over say a 14-24 or 16-35...

Any ideas from you experts out there?
Tks,

Steph




Jan 14, 2013 at 02:55 PM
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p.1 #2 · UWA for FF Nikon


zeiss 15mm, rokinon 14mm, nikkor 14mm, zeiss 18mm are a few


Jan 14, 2013 at 04:06 PM
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p.1 #3 · UWA for FF Nikon


Tokina 17mm f/3.5 is an obvious choice but they're pretty rare and hard to find.


Jan 14, 2013 at 04:07 PM
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p.1 #4 · UWA for FF Nikon


Mmmmh Nikon 14 i know.
Zeiss, anybody has hands-on experience with the 15 or 18?
Worth it over the Nikon 14?

Rokinon, Tokina : i will look those up...


Steph



Jan 14, 2013 at 04:24 PM
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p.1 #5 · UWA for FF Nikon


my guess would be that the zeiss 15/18mm may well weigh the same as the nikon 14-24 anyway.
therefore i would look in to it a bit more.

s



Jan 14, 2013 at 04:36 PM
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p.1 #6 · UWA for FF Nikon


Why not the tokina 16-28 2.8. ?


Jan 14, 2013 at 05:56 PM
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p.1 #7 · UWA for FF Nikon


I use a Tamron 17-35 2.8-4 which is very lightweight and compact. I am more than happy with it, particularly for the price.


Jan 14, 2013 at 06:06 PM
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p.1 #8 · UWA for FF Nikon


Why not the tokina 16-28 2.8. ?

Not to highjack the thread but I am currently looking at the Nikon 14-24mm but the above has been suggested as an alternative to me as well. Is it as good as people say? Do you have hands on experience with it?

Thanks

Trevor



Jan 14, 2013 at 06:14 PM
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p.1 #9 · UWA for FF Nikon


popinvasion wrote:
Why not the tokina 16-28 2.8. ?



because it is pretty big and heavy (close to a kg!) and i am really looking for a compact/lightweight option, as i am already carrying D600/ 24-70 / 70-300...

Steph



Jan 14, 2013 at 06:18 PM
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p.1 #10 · UWA for FF Nikon


Well, trying to add to the suggestions:

- Get a 16mm/2.8 or /3.5 (or Sigma 15/2.8) fisheye and de-fish it a bit
- Though not a prime, the 18-35/3.5-4.5 Nikon is light and fairly compact, though the corners, unless stopped way down are not the best, though I've seen some nice images taken by it.
- 18/3.5 AI - Same as the zoom, but smaller

If it were me, I'd get one of the fisheyes and the 17/3.5 Tokina - the corners of the Tokina never get sharp, but you can crop them out a bit to get to 18mm-ish if you like. They are not that rare and do come up for sale every so often.



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p.1 #11 · UWA for FF Nikon


If you’re trying to save on travel weight, my humble suggestion would be to ditch the f/2.8 mid-range zoom and carry a light 50 f/1.8, freeing yourself up to carry a superb wide angle lens. It depends on the sort of photos you want to take of course, but my favorite travel kit to date has been the 14-24, 50 f/1.8, and 70-300.


Jan 14, 2013 at 07:52 PM
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Frank_Maiello wrote:
If you’re trying to save on travel weight, my humble suggestion would be to ditch the f/2.8 mid-range zoom and carry a light 50 f/1.8, freeing yourself up to carry a superb wide angle lens. It depends on the sort of photos you want to take of course, but my favorite travel kit to date has been the 14-24, 50 f/1.8, and 70-300.


+1 on what Frank says.

My super light weight kit is:
16/3.5 FE
20/2.8D
50/1.8G
105/2.5 AIS (most recently 90/3.5 CV)
and maybe the 70-200/4 AFS if I want something at 200mm . . .

For you that would be:
15/2.8 Sigma FE
20/2.8D (or 18-35/3.5-4.5D)
50/1.8G
70-300VR

That's got a pretty broad range covered with some very decent IQ.

John



Jan 14, 2013 at 08:03 PM
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p.1 #13 · UWA for FF Nikon


Mmmh fish and de-fish, never tought about that option...
I'll investigate.
Tks for the suggestions...

(but not ready to ditch my beloved 24-70)


Steph



Jan 14, 2013 at 08:09 PM
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p.1 #14 · UWA for FF Nikon


Sigma 12-24 you need to get an excellent copy though it is really really good at its price range


Jan 14, 2013 at 08:14 PM
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Do you need all the megapixels? Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC is smaller than 12-24. It's like a 15-30 field of view because your camera will switch to DX mode.

But I agree with the suggestion that a 50mm f/1.8 can substitute for your midrange zoom and give you room for a heavier wide lens.

I also agree that the Tokina 16-28 is heavy. You're better off carrying the Nikon 16-35 if you want a wide zoom that goes to 16.



Jan 15, 2013 at 12:31 AM
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p.1 #16 · UWA for FF Nikon


photosteph wrote:
Mmmh fish and de-fish, never tought about that option...
I'll investigate.
Tks for the suggestions...

(but not ready to ditch my beloved 24-70)

Steph


If you do go the fisheye/de-fish route, check out Image Trends' Fisheye-Hemi plug-in. I'm not terribly impressed with the results of completely de-fishing an image because it stretches the corners too much, but Fisheye-Hemi effectively corrects vertical lines only, resulting in a much nicer-looking image.



Jan 15, 2013 at 01:23 PM
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Vox Sciurorum wrote:
Do you need all the megapixels? Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC is smaller than 12-24. It's like a 15-30 field of view because your camera will switch to DX mode.
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The sigma 12-24 he's talking about is an FX lens....12mm on FX is wider than 10mm on DX...



Jan 15, 2013 at 02:05 PM
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NathanHamler wrote:
The sigma 12-24 he's talking about is an FX lens....12mm on FX is wider than 10mm on DX...


The 10-20 is 2/3 the weight of the 12-24. It's not as wide, but it's lighter.



Jan 15, 2013 at 02:50 PM
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p.1 #19 · UWA for FF Nikon


i will second the tokina 17mm atx-pro f3.5. i owned the 14-24 and it was just too expensive and large for the limited amount that i actually use UWA. usually i can get away with 24mm of my 24-70, so i really wasnt using the 14-24 much.

anyways the 17mm atx-pro uses 77mm filters, and is a very sharp lens with limited distortion. and you cannot beat its small size and cheap price around $300 should get you a good condition one.



Jan 15, 2013 at 03:07 PM
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p.1 #20 · UWA for FF Nikon


at this point,, i think it is going to be The Tokina 17mm or a Fisheye. That hemi-thing plug-in seems to be working pretty well...



Jan 15, 2013 at 10:13 PM
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