Economic, Wide Angle Nikkor Recommendation

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by carbonmotion, Feb 28, 2007.

  1. carbonmotion macrumors 6502a


    Jan 28, 2004
    San Francisco, CA
    Can you guys recommend a decent or cheap wide lens for Nikon D40, I need it to shoot cityscapes during the day and at night? I don't really need much zoom and/or auto focus. Price needs to be on the low end though as my wallet has recently developed bulimia.
  2. maxi macrumors regular

    May 23, 2006
    Buenos Aires, Argentina
    mmmm.... since you have a D40, I'd assume you have the 18-55 which is quite wide angle and would be nice for cityscapes, unless you are looking for faster glass.
    As far as Nikkor goes these:

    Nikkor 20mm f:2.8 ($490)
    Nikkor 24mm f:2.8 ($310)
    Nikkor 28mm f:2.8 ($235)

    Are all excellent lenses (the top two more so), but less wide angled that what you already have. You won't get AF on a D40 with them either.

    If you want to try Sigma, this lens Sigma 30mm f:1.4 ($429) has a VERY good reputation and will do AF on the D40, but I don't know if it's wide enough for you.

    If you want wider than your 18-55, then you have:

    Nikkor 12-24mm ($920)

    Sigma 10-20mm ($500)

    Tokina 12-24mm ($500)

    Tamron 11-18mm

    Both the Nikon and the Sigma wil AF with the D40, don't know about the others.
    I hope this helps, and it would help if you could add some details about what you need, or why you think the 18-55 won't cut it.
  3. hodgjy macrumors 6502

    Apr 15, 2005

    The Nikkor 18-70 is a stunning little lens. Very sharp with great colors and contrast. Might be worth looking into. It's not the fastest aperture around, but f/3.5-4.5 is pretty good for a consumer zoom. You'll need a monopod or tripod at dusk, but you should be using those anyway, even with fast glass.

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