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Wider angle lens for DX

niko phil

Maine, US
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niko phil Silver Member Nikonian since 13th Mar 2008
Thu 13-Mar-08 10:13 PM

I'm a newbie here ... be nice.

I bought a D300 last December based in large part on review by Ken Rockwell (don't take offense - that's not what this is about) along with the 18-200 VR Zoom lens he recommended highly. I shoot family events, seashore scenery (Maine islands), seashore wildlife (and all over the US), and to document automotive engineering projects I undertake. I felt I needed a wide range lens of moderate speed. I've been VERY happy with my set up and confirmed most advice for setting up the D300.

My only complaint or need is for a wider angle lens for some scenery and real estate-related uses and wouldn't mind getting something a bit sharper wide open. The 18-200 is great above 24mm and at 180mm or so.

Since the introduction of the new Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5 - 5.6 VR lens, it seemed that it might give me the greater wide angle I want and some better sharpness in the 35-85 range. Both it and the 18-200 have VR so that's not an issue. Comments?

Alternatively, everyone seems to think the 12-24mm f/4 is really sharp and certainly very wide angle but more expensive.

Any thoughts on which would be the better choice for my objectives?

Niko Phil
D300, 18-200VR, 80-400D

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