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Oh no not crop factor again!

Floridian

Tallahassee, Florida, US
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"RE: Oh no not crop factor again!"

Floridian Silver Member Nikonian since 11th Feb 2007
Fri 28-Dec-12 03:16 PM

>...here's my dilemma. Have a D90 and a AF 35-70D F2.8 and want
>to get a complimenting wide angle, preferably 2.8 also, for
>landscape work...

If you really want an f2.8 wide angle, there's no dilemma, as the only one available is the Tokina 11-16mm. (Unless you want to include the very huge, very expensive FX 14-24.) But, for landscape you probably don't need f2.8, so you might at least look at some others, like the Sigma 8-16 (wider) and the Nikon 10-24 (greater zoom range). I have the Sigma 10-20, which is good and inexpensive.

>... Problem is if I get a lens with long end of
>35mm, to give continuum with existing, then given available
>lenses does the short length have a resulting wide enough
>angle for my purposes? Conversly, if I go with a wider lens
>and suffer the gap with existing at the upper end...

I don't think that gap will be a problem, in practice. You'll be able to fill it in with a few steps up or back.

>...are there distortion things to consider not helped, perhaps even
>exacerbated, by the crop factor?...

Assuming I understand your question, no, the crop factor does not create distortion. One way to see this is to look at photos taken with point-and-shoots with tiny sensors. They don't look distorted.

>... Obviously one way to go
>would get rid of the 35 - 70 and buy 2 or 3 new lenses. See
>my profile and you'll see why I would hate to do that as that
>money could be spent on better quality longer lenses. 'Tis a
>puzzlement - comments/ideas?

My thought would be to just buy a wide-angle to go with what you already have. As I mentioned above, I have a Sigma 10-20 that performs well, and is fairly inexpensive. I bought it before Nikon introduced the 10-24, which would probably be my choice today. If you really want an f2.8 though, the Tokina is your only wide-angle option.

Randy

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