I will be traveling to Costa Rica soon and am looking to take a wide angle lens with me. I currently have the following: 18-200 Nikon VR Tamron 90mm Nikon 35mm Sigma 150-500 I'm planning on taking just the 18-200 and a wide angle lens. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks
The Sigma 10-20 f4-5.6 is a popular lens. Highly regarded, and certainly the value leader among wide angles. I have one, and it's a good performer. I'd rather have the Nikkor 10-24, but because of the price differential I'm sticking with the Sigma. If price factors into the equation, the Sigma is a good choice.
I can't see duplicating focal lengths from 18mm to 24mm. The 18-200mm lens is very good at the wide end. I wouldn't hesitate to get the Sigma 8mm-16mm. It's a fantastic lens. It's the only lens I own for my Nikon's that is not made by Nikon.
Fri 18-Nov-11 05:59 AM | edited Fri 18-Nov-11 09:46 AM by michalaase
The Tokina AT-X PRO 11-16 DX 2,8 is a fantastic lens. Razor sharp and also very good in difficult lightening conditions. I bought one for my trip to Crete this summer and ended up using only the Tokina 11-16 and the Sigma 18-250 OS. Great combination for travelling!
I had to make a similar decision about a year ago.
From my research This is what I learned
Tokina 2.8 was the sharpest and went to 2.8 but had a limited range. I strongly considered getting this but at the time availability was limitted. Sigma was the widest and most people seem to love it. The downside for me was that the hood was fixed on and filters were not easly added. Nikon had the most coverage w 10-24.
I went w Nikon. While you will have some overlap w 18-200, I find I like being able to put the 10-24 and use it as a walk around lens when I want to shoot wide. @ 24 on a crop camera you can even do some portraits as long as you are careful with keeping subject flat. If you check out my galleries on picassa and view Madame Tussauds in DC, all images were done w my 10-24. Sometimes especially while travelling you may not want to switch lenses. https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos?tab=Xq#photos/104310967428146619677/albums/5600106011974983681 Good luck I dont think you would go wrong w any of the choices I mentioned.
"Cameras and lenses are simply tools to place our unique vision on film. Concentrate on equipment and you'll take technically good photographs. Concentrate on seeing the light's magic colors and your images will stir the soul." Jack Dykinga
I researched the reviews--and shot some images--on the following: Nikon 10-24, Tokina 11-16, Sigma 8-16, Sigma 10-20 f/4-5.6. If you can spend the money the Nikon is very nice; however the Sigma 8-16 is the widest and the Tokina gives you a constant f/2.8. Any of these will give you high-quality images. I bought the Sigma 10-20 because it's as wide as I need, the lowest cost of the group, and a lot of lens for the money. Note the Sigmas include case & shade.