The AF in two of my lenses has given up the ghost. Nikon 50mm prime is too expensive to repair. The Sigma 10-20 is very expensive to repair.
We will be going on a photo trip to the US West Coast (12 days from San Diego to Seattle) in the summer and I am thinking that it might make sense to invest in a suitable lens for landscapes (hitherto not my forte) for my just-minted D7100.
Recommendations, please (but not at the top of the budget range).
I am thinking something 24 or below is where you need to go. Do you want Prime or zoom? The Tokina 12-24 is supposed to be good or the 11-16. Tamron make a 10-24 although i read somewhere it's got some issues at the wide end.
Do you need AF? The MF 24mm and 28mm AIS Nikkors are supposed to be excellent.
Have you visited bythom.com and the love/hate ken rockwell site. The latter is a good place if u are looking for quick and dirty info...Thom Hogan site is much better.
Assume you have the usual and customary grad filters, etc?
My only wides ate the 18-55 kit lens and 28mm AI. The kit lens isn't bad, the 28mm AI isn't great.
The Tokinas are pretty flare prone. For a D7100, we're really not fully sure what most of the wide angles are going to perform like, but I'd place my money on the 12-24 Nikkor being the best wide angle option of the bunch, it seems to resolve the best. That said, they're all pretty good lenses.
The 16-85 isn't a true wide angle, but does have a wide zoom range and is quite sharp, and 16 mm is respectable on DX.
With a D7100, you can also get a nice manual focus prime or three for well within your budget. For landscape, you don't need autofocus - in fact, in some cases, it's a hindrance. A 35 mm or a 24 mm AI (not AI-s, which are pricier) prime would do very well and can be gotten not too expensively used.
I just changed from D7000 to D800 and looking back the two wide angle lenses I used the most with my D7000 were: 1. Sigma 17-70 2. Sigma 8-16 Combined the two lenses covered from 8mm (12mm DX) to 70mm (105mm DX)
I loved both lenses.
If you're looking for a good deal on two wide angles let me know and perhaps we can work out a mutually beneficial deal!
Many thanks, Dan, for the helpful response. I'll look into the lenses you recommend.
Ditto, John-Erik. I have no experience in landscape photography but I do actually have in my arsenal a Nikkor AF 35mm 1.8G. Would that serve the purpose? Since I already have it, the price is absolutely right!
Congratulations, Tom, on moving up to full frame. I had been thinking in that direction also but my back said "no" to the extra weight. For the same reason, I am trying to keep things light and so two lenses would probably be one too many, if I may paraphrase Oscar Wilde...
Our trip is in July so I reckon the jury can stay out on this one for a few more weeks.
"...I do actually have in my arsenal a Nikkor AF 35mm 1.8G. Would that serve the purpose?"
While I think you would get excellent image quality from the 35mm f/1.8G lens, it is not a wide angle on the D7100. In fact it would probably be considered a "normal" lens (very similar angle of view as a 50mm lens on an FX camera). If this "normal" lens angle of view will work for you then you are all set. If you want something to give you views more like your Sigma 10-20 you will have to get a lens with shorter focal length. For my own purposes, if I wanted a wide angle for a DX camera I would get a lens of 17mm to 18mm or less - preferably 12mm to 14mm.
Mon 25-Mar-13 12:32 AM | edited Mon 25-Mar-13 12:34 AM by MysticCowboy
I'm not that familiar with Nikon DX lenses. Up till recently I shot with a Pentax K-5 and enjoyed the Sigma 17-50mm 2.8. It's less than half the price of the Nikon equivalent and pretty darn close in image quality. That's a good general purpose focal range and might be wide enough for most of your shots.
My favorite wide angle was the Pentax 12-24mm, which is made for Pentax by Tokina. You might look at the Tokina 12-24 f/4. It uses your camera's screw drive, which makes it a bit loud, but IQ is very good. Or you could get another Sigma 10-20 or the 8-16. All three are good lenses at reasonable prices.
If you like primes, you might also look at getting the Nikon 35mm 1.8G. It may be the best lens value around, and makes an excellent normal focal length lens on a DX sensor.
Depends on the type of things you enjoy for landscapes: vistas, intimate landscapes, small sections, etc. Landscape is a very broad term. That said, I'd recommend something fairly broad for a DX camera. Like the 16-85 DX lens. Very good lens and if you're bringing a tripod more than enough for most uses.
I haven't used zoom lens with auto-focus for some time... Is it really a must for it? I do landscape most of the time and I do not spend much on lenses, but tripod instead as I do use low f22 for 99%..
BTW, if zoom, just go for 18-55mm nikon lens (low price range), basic and for landscape is suitable enough
I used a Sigma 10-20 f/4-5.6 on my D5100, and a Nikkor 12-24 f/4 on my D7000. The Nikkor was noticeable sharper than the Sigma in my experience. Personally, I didn't miss the extra 2mm on the wide end either. The Sigma was cheaper though -- I paid $330 used for the Sigma, and got a great deal on the (used) 12-24 locally at $450 (they usually sell for around $575 used). My vote is for the Nikkor 12-24 f/4.
Here's a bit of a different idea....RENT a lens for your trip (or even 2 lenses) and try them out. You'll get an idea what you want long term. The LensRentals.com folks do a great job with this. You can rent anything from super expensive to super cheap.
Personally..... I'd try the 17-55 which gives you a nice focal length range for the varying situations you'll see on your trip. You can rent it for a week for about $100 (including shipping both ways !!) .
I've been using the Sigma 17-50 2.8 as the main lens on my D7000 and I am thrilled with it. It was my first non-Nikkor lens and it lead me to buy 2 more highly regarded Sigmas. The 17-50 compares very well to the Nikon 17-55 in IQ and it also has their version of VR (OS) which the Nikon lacks.