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Apprpriate Wide Angle Lens for the D800

slothead

Frederick, US
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slothead Gold Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 12th Aug 2009
Sat 21-Jul-12 01:04 PM

I had started a thread recently about the quality of lenses that were necessary to avoid compromise by the high reso'n of the D800. That thread seemed to conclude with a dismissal of such a concern (relatively speaking).

With my interest in landscapes and a new interest to attempt to capture such without panorama stitching, I am now considering the 14mm f/2.8D and comparing it to the 20mm f/2.8D. While the 14mm lens offers a significant angle of view difference, it is also considerably bigger than the 20mm lens (size and weight is a factor in my decision). There is no ED glass in the 20mm lens (I'm not sure how much of an issue this could be) but there are also fewer pieces of glass in the 20mm lens While I understand the field of view advantages of the 14mm over the 20mm, will the 20mm lens be of a quality commensurate with the pixel density of the D800 ignoring that field of view?

The last but still significant factor is the price of the lenses. The 14mm lens also costs about three times that of the 20mm. If the 20mm is of the quality I want, is the price differential just for the extra FoV? Or could there be some hidden issue (asphericality - is that a word)?

Thanks,

Tom
http://tjmanson.smugmug.com
D810, D750, N1-J5, N1-V3 (and a few other cameras) and a BIG handful of lenses.

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