Wide angle advice.............

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  1. Mr.Noisy macrumors 65816

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    Any input on the performance and quality of photographs taken using the sigma 10-20mm, I'm thinking about getting one for a architectural project (church ruins) ive got coming up after a small break, I'm not saying i will buy one but if i did it would be for a Nikon, so any advice greatly received ;)


    tar :)
     
  2. CarlsonCustoms macrumors 6502

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    If its just for one project I'd rent the lens and see if you like it and then if you need it for another project in a future project then you have a better opionion of it for purchasing.
     
  3. Mr.Noisy thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks, I had thought about renting, but I could do with adding a wide lens to my lens collection, It's initially for one project but if it's as good as some samples ive seen i may use it for personal stuff too, so I just need to hear from users/owners to hear if they are happy about the results :)
     
  4. Consultant macrumors G5

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    You can probably find reviews on how much distortion and light fall off it has.
     
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    … or Tokina's much acclaimed 12-24 mm f/4. (Should be cheaper.)
     
  7. AlaskaMoose macrumors 65816

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    This lens is very nice, considering it price, when used on Canon EOS with cropped sensors, so I can only imagine that it also works well on Nikon. I use a Tokina 12-24mm f/4, and it's a real nice lens, but perhaps a little more expensive than the Sigma one.
     
  8. Cliff3 macrumors 65816

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    This should have occurred to me before... The choice is also probably dependent on whether the OP is using a D40 or D60 - the 11-16 and the cheaper version of the Tokina 12-24 don't have an internal focus motor. Tokina does have a version of the 12-24 f4 that does, however. The Sigma lens has HSM, their term for an internal focus motor.
     
  9. Mr.Noisy thread starter macrumors 65816

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    using D70s & D300, looking for reviews on the tokina lenses right now, this is quite exciting, never used wide angle before but looks like a new direction for me to explore............. :D & thom hogan rates the sigma 10-20 quite well.
     
  10. OreoCookie macrumors 68030

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    Have a look at Photozone for an extensive list of reviewed lenses. Tokina's 11-16 mm f/2.8 zoom is the best UW zoom according to them, beating even Canon's original 10-22 mm.
    The 12-24 mm zoom is also held in very high regards. The build quality is the best among the big three third-party lens vendors and IMO comes very close to professional glass.
     
  11. Father Jack macrumors 68020

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    The Sigma 10 - 20 is a very useful lens for landscape and architecture and considering the price, it does a very good job. Of course you will get distortion but as long as you keep the horizon in the middle, IMO the distortion is acceptable. :cool:
     
  12. NightGeometry macrumors regular

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    I use the Sigma 10-20, and find it to be a lovely lens, possibly my favourite. Note - I'm using it on a Sony Alpha, not a Nikon, but I can't imagine there being much difference.

    Self promotion these are some of my pics taken with it. But you may get a better idea of possibilities looking at all Flickr images with this tag - they will be a lot better than my efforts.

    There is distortion at the edges, but not as much as you'd expect given the focal length. Not the fastest lens available, but its not too bad.
     
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    If you're going to use it for architecture, you're going to need to do some correction of the images. I find Bibble works well for that, and like the images that I get from it, though only when I really need really wide, otherwise I tend to go with my 20-35mm zoom. For a single project, I'd probably look for a faster 12-24mm though, as you'll get a lot of sky in the picture with the 10-20 and you'll be shooting at a smaller minimum aperture.

    The first few months I owned the 10-20, I used it quite a lot, but lately it's rarely used unless I need the extreme angle because I can't get a shot from further back in terms of architecture. I still like it a lot as a landscape lens, but only when I won't be stitching because a longer lens gives me more detail.
     
  14. Apple Ink macrumors 68000

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    From SLRGear

    Wait... there's a lot more:

    Have a look at their charts.....
     
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  16. Mr.Noisy thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Firstly, thank you guys for the advice ;) much appreciated,
    I think i'm going to get the Sigma 10-20mm, I did think about either the Tokina 12-24mm or 11-16mm, but choosing the Sigma feels right, now to search for a retailor selling one at a price thats right, thanks :)
     

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