Lightweight wide angle options?
From what I've seen, the 14-24 and 16-35 seem to be the highest quality wide angle lenses in the Nikon line up. As a backpacker I am wondering how some of the lightweight primes perform on the D600 or even the D800. Particularly the 20mm- in any of its varieties- does it hold up with the higher resolution sensors?
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#2. "RE: Lightweight wide angle options?" | In response to Reply # 0Leonard62 Nikonian since 15th Mar 2009Mon 29-Oct-12 11:23 AM
From a resolution standpoint the older wide angle lenses are fine on the new high resolution bodies. The issue is darkened corners at the wider apertures. This is where the 14-24mm excels. Generally the newer lenses like the AFS 28mm f1.8 have better edge and corner performance.
Here's my assessment of the lenses I own.
AF 18mm f2.8 ... An expensive lens with good resolution. I prefer it to the AF 20mm.
AF 20mm f2.8 ... Not bad. Still has some corner darkening wide open. Should be fine for back packing. However if it were me I would carry the petite AI 20mm f4. It's small and has pretty good performance but a little worse darkening than the AF 20.
AF 24mm f2.8 .. I like this lens a lot. It has higher resolution and better corners than the 20mm versions. Both the AF and AI versions are excellent.
AF 28mm f2.8 .. Not as good as the 20mm and 24mm lenses. Of the manual 28's the f2 and f3.5 versions are the best for outdoor use. The highly regarded AIS 28mm f2.8 has very high center resolution but very poor edge and corner resolution when focused toward ∞.
AF 35mm f2.0 .. A great lens and one of Nikon's best, older wide angle lenses. Always a good choice.
Generally all of Nikon's wide angle lenses will give good performance on the newer high resolution FX bodies. The only lower performance is in the corners which should not be a great concern on the trails.
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