Need Advice/Feedback on Nikon Wide-angle lens

Sandi13

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Hello

I have a Nikon D7100 camera and I am thinking of buying Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX-II

Anyone have a feedback on this or better alternatives?
 

martinch

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A friend had one in the Canon mount, and reckoned it was as good as their L-series lenses. They ended up getting rid of it, only because they went to a 5D Mk III (full-frame).

Other options would be: Tokina 12-28mm f/4 (£530 - I have the 12-24mm and it's good, so the 12-28 should be good, too), Nikon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 (£650), and possibly Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 (£350).
 

Sandi13

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Thanks for the reply.

I have very limited knowledge in photography.

My interest is day and night landscape photography, which one would suit my need?

I have read that it works only with DX format. which for me don't make sense. as it means I get smaller frame even though its wide-angle.
 

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Not wishing to sound rude, but it might be wise to invest some time in reading a good book? If you're looking at landscapes, John Shaw's "Landscape Photography" or "Nature Photography Field Guide" are good starting points (I started with them). They were written for film, but everything is transferrable to digital. Thom Hogan recommends some more recent ones that may be worth a look: https://web.archive.org/web/20130715172752/http://www.bythom.com/Bookrecs.htm


It's a matter of personal taste, really - your best bet is to see if you can find a store that will let you try them or rent one. All of them are optically good, and the maximum aperture shouldn't matter too much as you should be using a tripod and f/11 or smaller. Personally, I don't like super-wide lenses - whenever I take landscape photographs, I typically use 16mm or longer (I just don't like the "super-wide" effect), and often use telephoto lenses...

Photozone have some reviews, some of which have full-resolution D200 or D7000 images:
http://www.photozone.de/nikon--nikkor-aps-c-lens-tests/308-sigma-af-10-20mm-f4-56-dc-ex-hsm-lab-test-report--review
http://www.photozone.de/nikon--nikkor-aps-c-lens-tests/790-afs10243545dx?start=2
http://www.photozone.de/nikon--nikkor-aps-c-lens-tests/638-tokina1224dxii?start=2


Well, you have a D7100, which is a DX format camera, so your only option for "really wide" is a DX-type lens - all of the FX wideangles (with the possible exception of the 14-24mm f/2.8) morph into the equivalent of a standard zoom when you mount them on a DX body as they will typically start 18-24mm. The 11-16mm is really wide - it's equivalent to a 16-24mm lens on an FX/film camera.

A few landscape and scenic examples from my collection (all with a D200 or D300 DX body and DX lenses)...
Tokina 12-24mm @ 12mm: http://martinch.zenfolio.com/p704714303/h35519ce2#h35519ce2 (really, this is too wide for this image - the foreground "rocks" are paving slab size)
Tokina 12-24mm @ 24mm: http://martinch.zenfolio.com/p704714303/h35519ce2#h3d514d19
Tokina 12-24mm @ 12mm: http://martinch.zenfolio.com/p704714303/h3a6752ee#h3a6752ee
Tokina 12-24mm @ 16mm: http://martinch.zenfolio.com/p704714303/h39ce2910#h39ce2910
Tokina 12-24mm @ 12mm: http://martinch.zenfolio.com/p242824295/h33bd1a82#h33bd1a82 (the "jetty" is about 2m long)
Tokina 12-24mm @ 24mm: http://martinch.zenfolio.com/p242824295/h33bd1a82#h39712cf4
Tokina 12-24mm @ 24mm: http://martinch.zenfolio.com/p242824295/h2df2f68a#h2df2f68a
Nikon 18-70mm @ 18mm: http://martinch.zenfolio.com/p306602201/h3d9ee4f4#h33bc40fc
Nikon 18-70mm @ 25mm: http://martinch.zenfolio.com/p306602201/h3d9ee4f4#h34a91f4e
Nikon 16-85mm @ 16mm: http://martinch.zenfolio.com/p630015513/h3bb87daa#h3bb87daa
Nikon 16-85mm @ 16mm: http://martinch.zenfolio.com/p630015513/h3bb87daa#h279a4615
Nikon 16-85mm @ 24mm: http://martinch.zenfolio.com/p630015513/h3bb87daa#h2e4fd32e
Nikon 16-85mm @ 16mm: http://martinch.zenfolio.com/p630015513/h3bb87daa#h3d1ed6f1
Nikon 16-85mm @ 24mm: http://martinch.zenfolio.com/p630015513/h3bb87daa#h227f5bb1
Nikon 35mm: http://martinch.zenfolio.com/p630015513/h3bb87daa#hf772e9f
Nikon 35mm: http://martinch.zenfolio.com/p630015513/h3bb87daa#h77935ff
Nikon 35mm: http://martinch.zenfolio.com/p630015513/h3bb87daa#hdd7d06f

Don't know if that's any help..?

P.S. Wideangle lenses do take a bit of practice to use well - you really want to get in close to your subject.
 
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