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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-30-2008, 09:49 AM Thread Starter
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Going to Alaska, need new lens

I'm planning a trip to Alaska this summer and I want to get a good wide-angle lens for my D40.

I use my 18-200 for most stuff but backed out at 18mm it has a bit too much vignetting and a touch of fish-eye. I'm already planning on getting the 70-300VR for the track, so I'll have a decent len for wildlife and stuff, but I'm kind of at a loss for landscape shots.

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How wide do you want to go? Does 18mm meet your needs for width, or do you want to go wider?

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How wide do you want to go? Does 18mm meet your needs for width, or do you want to go wider?
That is a very good question.

If you're looking to go 18mm and wider, look no further then the Tokina 12-24 f/4.

Built better then your consumer level Nikon, and for nearly half the cost of it's Nikon Pro Level analog.

The "Fish Eye" you mention with the 18-200mm can be digitally corrected in software...there is a program that does it automatically but costs almost as much as a budget lens, or you can learn to do it in Photoshop. Some artists have written Photoshop actions that will automatically fix the warped imaged from going extra wide on that telephoto.

You will not have this problem with the Tokina 12-24. It has very subtle bending of straight lines...in fact, I think it may have been even rated better then the Nikon 12-24 in that area.

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-30-2008, 01:53 PM Thread Starter
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I know how to fix it in Photoshop, but I prefer not to PP all my images.

Looks like that lens is manual-focus only on my D40.

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Hmmmm, any expereince with the Sigma 10-20 HSM?

Rockwell says it nice other it's cheap feel and off-putting warranty. Amazon reviews look like a good fit for my needs. I take very good care of my stuff, so it doesn't have to be built like a tank. And it's half the price of the Nikor 12-24; I can't imagine it's half the quality from the reviews.

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Sigma's are decent. Only concern with them is when you buy older used AF lenses. Some models need a new "chip" to work with the new DSLRs. Ritz/Wolf camera has them. You could head over with your camera and try one there.
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I've got a couple of Sigma EX lenses. One has external zoom, which I'm not crazy about, and the other has internal I like much better. I get good results with each of them, but I definately prefer Canon L glass.

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