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« on: August 18, 2009, 12:53 »
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I've got a week long trip to Torres del Paine National Park in Chile coming up in December and would like to have a nice ultra wide angle lens to take with me.

I've been looking at the newer Nikon 10-24 and it seems to have gotten some decent reviews but the ~$900 price tag is a bit lofty for a broke grad student such as myself.  Apparently the new tamron 10-24 is a cheeper but the quality coincides with the $450 price.

Does anyone have experience with any of the other wide angle lenses or the Nikon 10-24 that might be able to share some valuable advice?  What's going to be the best bang for the buck?

I'd prefer to spend less than $600 but am seriously thinking about the nikon. ;D

Cheers!


WarrenPrice

« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2009, 14:12 »
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Tokina 12~24 has served me well.  Not quite as wide but reliable and meets the budget. 

BUT ... it isn't designed for full-frame cameras.  I'm using it on D80.


« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2009, 14:22 »
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Tokina 12~24 has served me well.  Not quite as wide but reliable and meets the budget. 

BUT ... it isn't designed for full-frame cameras.  I'm using it on D80.



It is also very well built and probably the next best thing to the nikon.

« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2009, 17:00 »
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Torres del Paine, wow! That was one of my best trips ever. Amazing scenery, great hikings.

« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2009, 19:48 »
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Tokina 12~24 has served me well.  Not quite as wide but reliable and meets the budget. 

BUT ... it isn't designed for full-frame cameras.  I'm using it on D80.



It is also very well built and probably the next best thing to the nikon.

Thanks, that's good to hear, especially with the $400 price tag.  I also saw Ken Rockwells (I know that's a dirty word around here) ebullient review of the Tokina 11-16mm as well, anyone have experience with that one?

« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2009, 19:49 »
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Torres del Paine, wow! That was one of my best trips ever. Amazing scenery, great hikings.

Glad to hear such enthusiasm.  I'm really looking forward to the trip.  Anything that is a must see other than the typical attractions?

« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2009, 20:00 »
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Torres del Paine, wow! That was one of my best trips ever. Amazing scenery, great hikings.


Glad to hear such enthusiasm.  I'm really looking forward to the trip.  Anything that is a must see other than the typical attractions?


http://www.geocities.com/adelaide.geo/patagonia

The images are not too good because when I scanned them I had a faulty monitor.

« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2009, 20:13 »
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hi,

take a long at photozone, they have reviews of most the lens mentioned. majority are apsc which may not be a issue to you (good ff wide zooms are real serious $ :(). watch the ca, this class of lens is prone to it, some are not real good in this regard.

http://www.photozone.de/Reviews/overview

« Reply #8 on: August 18, 2009, 21:23 »
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Torres del Paine, wow! That was one of my best trips ever. Amazing scenery, great hikings.


Glad to hear such enthusiasm.  I'm really looking forward to the trip.  Anything that is a must see other than the typical attractions?


http://www.geocities.com/adelaide.geo/patagonia

The images are not too good because when I scanned them I had a faulty monitor.


Thanks for the link Madelaide, great information on your site!

« Reply #9 on: August 18, 2009, 21:26 »
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hi,

take a long at photozone, they have reviews of most the lens mentioned. majority are apsc which may not be a issue to you (good ff wide zooms are real serious $ :(). watch the ca, this class of lens is prone to it, some are not real good in this regard.

http://www.photozone.de/Reviews/overview


Thanks for the link, I don't plan on using many of the ultra wide angle images for stock so luckily a little CA won't ruin the day.  ;D


 

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