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10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED or ?

mvlow1974

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mvlow1974 Registered since 03rd Dec 2012
Mon 15-Apr-13 04:09 PM

I own the D7000 and have been using the Nikkor 16-85mm for my landscape photography and night photography. I have found that I could benefit from a faster UWA lens for shooting stars and the Milky Way at night and I would like to have a wider lens for my landscape photography.

I have been researching wide angle lenses that I could use for both landscape photography and night photography. I do not need f/2.8 for the landscape photography but I need it for the night photography.

Money is limited so I can't afford a fast f/2.8 ultra wide Nikon lens. As a result I have been considering the Nikon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED or the Tokina 11-16 f/2.8. If I get the Nikon 10-24, which I have heard is a great lens, I would still have to get something later that is a fast wide angle specifically for my night photography. I have been looking at the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 manual focus lens which is relatively inexpensive for that purpose.

The Tokina would take care of both my wide angle landscape and my night photography needs and would overall be the least expensive solution. I am concerned,however, I would not be happy with it for wide angle landscape because the general concensus is that it is prone to lens flare. Does anyone have a similar experience and have any recommendations? I know I would be happy with the Nikon 10-24 for landscapes, but it would not take care of my night photography needs, whereas the Tokina would take care of both, but might disappoint me for landscape because of the lens flare. If only Nikon made a 10-24mm f/2.8 for around $800, I would be a happy man

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