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p.1 #1 · in need of a small Nikon wide/ultrawide


Hi,

just got into some more dramatic shots with ultrawides and flash for the portrait part of the wedding day. I have experimented with the VC 15mm on the M9. The problem is the parallax effect, so I would like to have something for my Nikon.

I have not soo much to spend and I want a small lens. Do you have any suggestions?

have looked so far into:

Zeiss (way too expensive)
Nikon 20mm D (reputation of bad color fringing, as I use Aperture that may cause a problem)
Nikon 20/3.5 AIS (shall be a fantastic lens to shoot into the sun)
Samyang 14mm (that could be something...)

Do you have anything good in mind?

thanks for your input

heiko







Apr 21, 2013 at 08:03 AM
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p.1 #2 · in need of a small Nikon wide/ultrawide


Hey, heiko, I see you're still featured at the top.


As far as a lens ... I shot a wedding with the Nikon 20mm 2.8 [D, I think] and it worked fine. Plenty sharp. I didn't sit and pixel-peep it but no issues that I noticed. Focused quick and accurate. Shot some outside daytime shots with it. Indoors, too.



Apr 21, 2013 at 09:39 AM
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p.1 #3 · in need of a small Nikon wide/ultrawide


What about the Nikon 18mm 2.8 AF-D? I heard its pretty good.


Apr 21, 2013 at 08:17 PM
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p.1 #4 · in need of a small Nikon wide/ultrawide


samyang 14
nikon 14-24
tokina 16-28


tons of options



Apr 21, 2013 at 08:21 PM
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p.1 #5 · in need of a small Nikon wide/ultrawide


I don't use ultrawide often, so I wanted something small and moderately priced. I've been very pleased with the 20mm f2.8D. the Samyang/Rokinon 14mm is great as well, but is much larger, and that 6mm difference makes it reaaaaally wide.


Apr 21, 2013 at 08:27 PM
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p.1 #6 · in need of a small Nikon wide/ultrawide


sigma 15 fish is amazingly sharp and only cost like 500$ used.
I actually have one I would sell you



Apr 21, 2013 at 11:51 PM
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p.1 #7 · in need of a small Nikon wide/ultrawide


SloPhoto wrote:
samyang 14
nikon 14-24
tokina 16-28


He said "small".



Apr 22, 2013 at 12:17 AM
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hardlyboring wrote:
sigma 15 fish is amazingly sharp and only cost like 500$ used.
I actually have one I would sell you



thanks, but i donīt eat (like) fish (0:


heiko



Apr 22, 2013 at 12:25 AM
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p.1 #9 · in need of a small Nikon wide/ultrawide


found a very old damaged crap 20/3.5 AI in my old camera stuff. Tried it today and feel that it is not wide enough. I like the dramatic look from above (15mm).

I think I will try out the Samyang 14mm, even if itīs big. But it is cheap.


heiko




Apr 22, 2013 at 12:28 AM
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p.1 #10 · in need of a small Nikon wide/ultrawide


Just get the 14-24, I know it's big but you really won't regret it.


Apr 22, 2013 at 12:49 AM
 

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p.1 #11 · in need of a small Nikon wide/ultrawide


D. Diggler wrote:
He said "small".


Dang, saw the samyang listed and ran off in that direction.

Tokina 17mm 3.5 is small and cheap. Not terribly great, but it works.



Apr 22, 2013 at 12:54 AM
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p.1 #12 · in need of a small Nikon wide/ultrawide


ai3x wrote:
Just get the 14-24, I know it's big but you really won't regret it.


Guess you didn't read the part about the OP not having much to spend.



Apr 22, 2013 at 02:17 AM
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p.1 #13 · in need of a small Nikon wide/ultrawide


Nikon 28mm 1.8. Cheap, sharp, quick focusing, small and light. About $700 on Amazon, I got mine for $600 with Nikon instant rebate last month.


Apr 22, 2013 at 03:05 AM
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pftomo wrote:
Nikon 28mm 1.8. Cheap, sharp, quick focusing, small and light. About $700 on Amazon, I got mine for $600 with Nikon instant rebate last month.



have the Nikon 28, love it.
But, you know, wiiiiide (0:

picture on top with 15mm


heiko



Apr 22, 2013 at 06:50 AM
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p.1 #15 · in need of a small Nikon wide/ultrawide


I used the sigma ex 17-35mm 2.8-4, wide and cheap and light. Traded in for the tokina 17-35mm 4, much better build quality, sharp all around, better focus.


Apr 22, 2013 at 03:12 PM
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p.1 #16 · in need of a small Nikon wide/ultrawide


Sigma 20mm/1.8 is another option


Apr 22, 2013 at 03:16 PM
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p.1 #17 · in need of a small Nikon wide/ultrawide


I'm in kind of the same dilemma- I'm considering either the Tokina 16-28, Nikkor 14-24mm or 16-35mm.

Besides cost, another bad thing about the 14-24mm is that you can't put a CP filter on. Yeah, I know, sometimes that can make a sky look unevenly blue. But a lot of scenes which deserve UWA glass (large body of water/other shiny background or country green pastoral scene) benefit from being polarized.

You may also want to consider a used 17-35mm. New, it sells for $1,700+. But if it has a "squeak" when it focuses after sitting unused for a while, then the owner will likely think it's about to imminently die and want to part with it for $900-ish. Sort of the same syndrome as "That camera body has over _ _k shutter actuations- it could explode at any moment!" But when I had one, I felt like not having the Nano coating of the G series made enough of a difference to me that I sold mine.

The Nikon 16-35mm might fit what you're looking for- but some people are bothered by its supposed tendency to curve architecture. Never owned one, that's just what I read.



Apr 22, 2013 at 05:57 PM
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p.1 #18 · in need of a small Nikon wide/ultrawide


I am not a fan of Nikon 20mm F2.8. It is soft wide open.

I would get Nikon's 14mm F2.8. Incredibly sharp.

I also used Nikon's 12-24mm DX lens on D700. Just shoot from 18mm and up and it works. Very sharp too but it is F4.



Apr 22, 2013 at 06:23 PM
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p.1 #19 · in need of a small Nikon wide/ultrawide


The 20 f/2.8D is where I'd go. SUPER small and wide.

If you have the means, think about the older 18-35 f/3.5-f/4.5 lens. The AF-D version can be had for pretty cheap ($300).



Apr 22, 2013 at 07:15 PM
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p.1 #20 · in need of a small Nikon wide/ultrawide


Jamesbjenkins wrote:
Guess you didn't read the part about the OP not having much to spend.


Buy cheap, buy twice. Seriously, I have the 14-24 and love it. Don't regret a single penny I spent on it.



Apr 22, 2013 at 08:14 PM
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