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Wide angle prime lens for Landscape photography using D3000

shafiab

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shafiab Registered since 29th Mar 2010
Mon 29-Mar-10 11:04 PM

Hi,
Is there any affordable wide angle prime lens for D3000 that i can use for landscape photography?

-Shafi

blw

Richmond, US
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#1. "RE: Wide angle prime lens for Landscape photography using D3000" | In response to Reply # 0

blw Moderator Awarded for his high level of expertise in various areas Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004
Mon 29-Mar-10 09:33 PM | edited Mon 29-Mar-10 09:34 PM by blw

It might help to define "affordable." The 14-24 is some folks' idea of "affordable." You might also define "wide angle" as landscape photography can - and is - done with focal lengths from about 10mm to 400mm (and probably beyond that).

Generally speaking the Sigma 10-20/f4-5.6 is the lowest price quality option for ultra-wide angle, at about $495. But it's not a prime, and to some folks, $500 is not "affordable."

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shafiab

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#2. "RE: Wide angle prime lens for Landscape photography using D3000" | In response to Reply # 1

shafiab Registered since 29th Mar 2010
Mon 29-Mar-10 09:49 PM

Thanks Brian for your reply. Basically, I am looking for a lens that cost around $300-400 and can be comparable to the 18mm focus of the 18-55 kit lens but with better quality.

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#3. "RE: Wide angle prime lens for Landscape photography using D3000" | In response to Reply # 2

blw Moderator Awarded for his high level of expertise in various areas Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004
Mon 29-Mar-10 09:56 PM

You won't find one. The 18-55 is actually quite good, and it will take a considerable increase in price to deliver better IQ. The most obvious candidate would be the Nikkor 17-55/f2.8, but that's $1200 and very, very far outside your price envelope.

About the only thing I can think of that's even remotely close to your specification is the Voightlander Color Skopar 20/f3.5, which is a manual focus lens - although it does have a CPU so will meter on your camera. Even it is $550.

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#4. "RE: Wide angle prime lens for Landscape photography using D3000" | In response to Reply # 2

WD4MLA Silver Member Nikonian since 10th Nov 2002
Tue 30-Mar-10 11:03 AM

As stated, the kit lens is really quite good.

What problems are you having with your 18-55? Perhaps it is something else that we could help you with.

Jerry Jaynes
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shafiab

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#5. "RE: Wide angle prime lens for Landscape photography using D3000" | In response to Reply # 4

shafiab Registered since 29th Mar 2010
Tue 30-Mar-10 11:10 PM

thanks. its just that photos are not very clear and colors are not really bright.

JosephK

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#6. "RE: Wide angle prime lens for Landscape photography using D3000" | In response to Reply # 5

JosephK Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his excellent and frequent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community in the Nikonians spirit. Nikonian since 17th Apr 2006
Wed 31-Mar-10 12:52 AM

Can you post an example with the EXIF data still included?

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qysusan

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#7. "RE: Wide angle prime lens for Landscape photography using D3000" | In response to Reply # 0

qysusan Registered since 31st Mar 2010
Wed 31-Mar-10 07:29 AM

you can reference this

hope it can give your some help

blw

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#8. "RE: Wide angle prime lens for Landscape photography using D3000" | In response to Reply # 5

blw Moderator Awarded for his high level of expertise in various areas Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004
Wed 31-Mar-10 10:58 AM

> photos are not very clear

That's unlikely to be due to the lens' inherent image quality. The 18-55 is pretty well known as a sharp lens. In fact, as I mentioned above, even the 17-55/f2.8 is only somewhat sharper. So if you're getting unsharp photos, it would be useful to consider why. It is possible that your particular 18-55 is broken, but more likely is some form of usage error. Post a representative sample with exposure information (aperture, shutter speed, ISO, VR on/off, focus points) and maybe we can figure out what's gone wrong.

> colors are not really bright.

Color representation on the 18-55 is pretty neutral - almost always a good thing. If you have bright colors in the scene, they should come out bright. If they don't, it's hard to see how the lens could be broken in this way, so I immediately suspect either exposure error or an uncalibrated monitor.

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