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07/19/2005 05:46:25 PM · #1
I'm in the market for a wide angle lens for 500 or less. I've looked around and have come across a few that interest me and wondering if anyone has any experience or advice about one. The two that have peaked my interest the most are the..

Tokina 12-24 f4
Sigma 17-35 2.8-4 ex

Any more advice or suggestions would be very much appreciated.
Thanks:)
07/19/2005 05:49:15 PM · #2
Peleng 8mm or Zenitar 16mm. Peleng has 180 degree FOV
Both under $250-300 :)

Well, ok; they're russian glass, but whatever. They're cheap and have that ussr-feel to them.

just google them.. More than enough info on them.

Message edited by author 2005-07-19 17:50:40.
07/19/2005 05:53:16 PM · #3
Wow, 8mm for under 300 dollars. I'll have to check that one out.
07/19/2005 06:23:48 PM · #4
Steer clear of the Sigma 12-24mm - truly awful!

The 15-30mm Sigma however, I have used a lot and I love it. Good sturdy lens which gives great results for the price.
07/19/2005 06:38:36 PM · #5
*Splutter*... I love my Sigma 12-24mm, almost every other owner would also disagree with you.
07/19/2005 06:41:50 PM · #6
Is the tokina 12-24 the same as the quality of the sigma 12-24?
07/19/2005 06:45:04 PM · #7
I have the Tokina and though I haven't used it much yet, I'm pretty happy with the quality of my test photos. Seems it's going to be a fun one to use. Was rated pretty high and was $500. Having never owned a super-wide though, I don't have much to compare it to.
07/19/2005 06:46:21 PM · #8
I have the sigma 17-35EX. got it from KEH used for $310. Love it so far...
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07/19/2005 06:49:01 PM · #9
I have Sigma 18-50mm 2.8 ex, light for a constant aperture of 2.8, and super sharp, it's around 400 usd.
07/19/2005 07:31:47 PM · #10
Originally posted by trnqlty:

Is the tokina 12-24 the same as the quality of the sigma 12-24?

No, it's optically better. Check out the reviews at Popular Photography.

I've the Tokina 12-24 (aka "the toke") and a Tamron 17-35, the ranges make them quite a differnt lens. I wouldn't consider zooms in these two ranges as comparable. It might be a good idea to figure out if 12-24 ish or 17-35 range is better fit for you.

Message edited by author 2005-07-19 19:34:03.
07/20/2005 12:06:47 AM · #11
I am in the mountains where I can probably use all the wide angle I can get. If I did go with the 12-24 I do have another lense to cover in between that and my 50mm even though the quality will not be spectacular. I would like the 'the toke' as long as the quality is good even though I wish it could go less than f4.
07/20/2005 01:08:24 AM · #12
According to Pop. Photo, it out performs the Nikon and the Sigma.
see it here
//www.popphoto.com/assets/download/PP0405_TokinaLensTest.pdf
they concluded "Superb performance at a great price. Highly Recommended."
I also think if you are shooting outdoor for mountain landscape, you should stop down to about f5.6/8 or even higher to f16 anyway. If you want to shoot wide open and are worried about shutter speed, consider a tripod as well.

Message edited by author 2005-07-20 01:09:54.
07/20/2005 01:17:45 AM · #13
The Sigma 18-50 2.8 is a nice lens, and can be had for $400-450 new.
It is my main lens now - you can see samples in my portfolio -
all of these and my construction and leading lines challenge entries.
07/20/2005 01:34:40 AM · #14
I have the sigma fisheye and have problems with the auto focus, don't go with sigma, you will be sorry
07/20/2005 09:05:14 AM · #15
Heard good and bad about sigma so right now I'm leaning towards the tokina 12-24
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