Hello, i just ordered a D40 and it should be here within the week hopefully. Anyway, i will most likely want to get a wide angel lens shortly for the D40. Can anyone point me in the dirrection to a good wide angel lens or adapter that will fit onto the kit lens. Thank you in advance, if this should be moved to the lens/accessory section, than so be it.
Generally the Nikkor 12-24mm f/4 is considered best of the 4, and the Tamron seems not really considered by anyone. The Sigma & Tokina choices cost about half what the Nikkor does and are very close in quality so they represent excellent values. It seems most people either drop the money for the Nikkor or research endlessly debating Sigma vs. Tokina.
If you want autofocus to function, then your choices are simpler, either the AF-S Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G IF ED DX or the Sigma 10-20mm f/4.0-5.6 EX DC HSM. Ultra-wide photography is an area where autofocus is not really necessary, but IMO still an option I'd want.
#2. "RE: Wide angle lens for the D40" In response to Reply # 1
Most threads I've read seem to favor the Tokina over the wider angle Sigma. Is the Tokina unable to autofocus at all? The reason I ask is that I tried the Tokina at the local store, and was able to point and shoot...maybe the salesman had set it to manual without me knowing !
#4. "RE: Wide angle lens for the D40" In response to Reply # 2
Livermore, CA, US
The Tokina is a "screwdriver" autofocus and therefore won't autofocus on the D40 or D40x. It will on the D50.
Regarding Tokina 12-24 vs. Sigma 10-20, I think these lenses are very closely matched and what it comes down to is that both lenses have strengths & weaknesses. I have the Sigma and I love this lens. I think that a a lot of people who shun the Sigma do so because of the KR review which offers plenty of vague opinion but no good reasons to favor the Tokina over the Sigma. That's not to say there's anything wrong with the Tokina either. This has created a lot of mythology out there, but I think these are the facts:
Price - for all intents and purposes, equal. Wide end - 10mm favors the Sigma Long end - 24mm favors the Tokina Speed - constant f/4 favors Tokina, but I typically use my Sigma f/8-f/11 so no problem Sharpness - probably equal or dependent on your copy. You'll find reviews where either one wins Chromatic aberration - Sigma is outstanding, Tokina is downright bad either way, correctable in post processing Light falloff - here the Sigma is downright bad, again easily correctable when necessary.
I labored over this for a long time and ultimately chose the Sigma because I was taking a trip and the Tokina was very scarce at the time. I have no regrets, and I love going to 10mm.
#3. "RE: Wide angle lens for the D40" In response to Reply # 1
I've got the sigma 10-20mm and am very happy with it. When I bought it I did similar research. Many people seemed to think that the difference between 12mm (in the case of the Nikon) and 10mm (for the sigma) is quite a lot in terms of what you can actually fit in the shot. 2mm at the wide end is far more noticeable than 2mm at the zoom end. Having zoomed from 10mm to 12mm I agree with them and, on balance, would probably recommend the sigma - particularly as it's got and HSM motor so will autofocus on the D40. It seems even quieter than my Nikon lenses. It's also really well built and solid (although quite heavy!).
If you type 'sigma 10-20mm' into Flickr there are a whole load of shots which show what you can do with it.
Hope this is of some help - even though I've never used the Nikon lens.
#6. "RE: Wide angle lens for the D40" In response to Reply # 0
Thanks all for the replies. After looking over the 4 lenses i think i will go with the sigma when the time is right. If i have the extra money when that time comes i may however go with the nikkor lens. Both seem great, just the sigma is much less and for the price has what i need in a wide angel lens.
#7. "RE: Wide angle lens for the D40" In response to Reply # 6
I'm a bit late here but -
I got a Sigma 10-20mm yesterday. The Nikon as you say loses 2mm of wide angle, which is significant IMHO, and the price ruled it out for me as it's not a range I use in my commercial work.
There are often choices when you can have the ultimate product for crazy money, or one that's 95% as good for half the price. If I'm going to be earning money from it and appearance is important, I choose the top. If it's just for fun, or for occasional use, I take the compromise. I haven't played with the Sigma yet but look forward to trying it out