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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-17-2009, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
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I'm thinking of picking up a Sigma 10-20 F/4 HSM for my D40 before I head back up to Alaska next month. From my reasearch is appears that the Nikkor 12-24 isn't that much better than the Sigma to warrant 2x the price and I really don't want to spend over $1000 on lenses for a hobby.

The Tokina and Tamron offerings are off the list as they do not autofocus on the D40.

Anyone have any input on Sigma? I haven't owned anything other than Nikkor as of yet.

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I recommend a fixed wide angle you are going to get better glass quality. I am attaching a pic from my 40D Canon with a Sigma 10mm fixed. It was taken at a f22 and took 15 sec of exposure. It has sick field of view. I took this pic down by Shed. Enjoy
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The sig 10-20 is highly recommended by alot of Nikon guys. Very popular.

Tokina's 12-24 F/4 is about 95% on par with Nikons 12-24 F/4 and is half the price. Theres supposed to be a version II of this lens with a built in motor.

I was thinking of getting a Tamrom 10-24 or the Tokina 12-24. Both are the same $ range. Unless I find a used nikon 12-24 for the same. Been hearing so so reviews on the new Nikon 10-24 AF-S. Tokina's 11-16 F/2.8 is the hot one right now. No one has them in stock.

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I've had a 10-20's and they are very fun to use and work perfectly. They are not the sharpest lens ever made but very acceptable and since you're shooting soo wide It's hard to get things perfect across the whole frame anyway. I'd get it in a heartbeat since you don't have many other choices. That's one of the few lenses that are just plain fun to use cause it's soo wide, you'll giggle a bit at what you can do with it.

I really like the Tokina 10-17 fisheye too but again, it won't AF with a D40 so it's out of you list.

Get the sigma, it's a great lens for the price.

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Thanks, I'm thinking I will order this shortly.

On a side note I just grabbed the new Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 DX lens online. Wolf has it in stock plus they have a $20-off coupon going on right now for Paypal users:
http://www.wolfcamera.com/static/pr/...100_photo.html

Looking forward to having a sharp, fast lens for indoor photos.

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I just saw that Sigma has a newer version coming out soon with a fixed 3.5 aperture. YOu may want to hold off for the new version.

http://www.sigmaphoto.com/lenses/len...60&navigator=6

And, although I shoot canon my wife has a nikon D40 that I would love to have that 35/1.8 for but just can't bring myself to buy it knowing she'll never use it or complain that it doesn't zoom.

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I decided to wait on the new lens, although I really missed having one last week with all the awesome mountain-top view.

I did get my 35mm 1.8 lens though and the short DOF looks really nice wide-open.

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Here's an example of the sick Depth of Field this lens has.
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I recommend a fixed wide angle you are going to get better glass quality. I am attaching a pic from my 40D Canon with a Sigma 10mm fixed. It was taken at a f22 and took 15 sec of exposure. It has sick field of view. I took this pic down by Shed. Enjoy
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Here's an example of the sick Depth of Field this lens has.
I've got a canon 35/1.4, sigma 50/1.4 and a a couple other fast primes and I love the DOF, low light ability and how sharp the primes are. I've really been wanting that nikon 35/1.8 for my wifes D40 but I just have not pulled the trigger with so many other things going on.

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Revisiting this thread, as it looks like I'm off to Alaska for a third summer in a row. I'm leaning towards the newer Sigma 10-20 f/3.5 but I keep reading abut quality control issues and some people having to return 1 or even 2 units before getting a sharp one.

And since that newer unit is only $150 cheaper than the Nikkor 10-24, it might make sense to just jump up to that. I only have Nikkor lenses now and wonder about how annoyed I would be with a reverse-rotation Sigma lens when operating the zoom ring.

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Jeff,

Seriously look into the Tokina. If you do a little more research, you'll find the Sigma 10-20 isn't really 10mm like it's spec'd. They are allowed to bend the numbers a little. The Tokina on the other hand, gives the Nikon a run for it's money on quality, and is actually wider than the Sigma (talking the 11-16mm).

I own the 12-24 Tokina, and between it and my Sigma 30mm, I can do 90% of my style of photography. If you weren't so far from me, I'd let you borrow the Tokina for the weekend if you wanted to give it a whirl.

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Oh wait, are you still on the D40? Cause I don't think the Tokina 11-16 is AF-S (or whatever Tokina's version of it is), though Tokina came out with an updated 12-24 that *is* AF-S. I still think the 11-16 is the best Ultra Wide.

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Revisiting this thread, as it looks like I'm off to Alaska for a third summer in a row. I'm leaning towards the newer Sigma 10-20 f/3.5 but I keep reading abut quality control issues and some people having to return 1 or even 2 units before getting a sharp one.

And since that newer unit is only $150 cheaper than the Nikkor 10-24, it might make sense to just jump up to that. I only have Nikkor lenses now and wonder about how annoyed I would be with a reverse-rotation Sigma lens when operating the zoom ring.
I'm not sure I believe all the bad press sigma gets on the forums and such about bad copies and such. I've had several sigma lenses in both Minolta and Canon mount and never had one that I would consider to be bad right out of the box. I've had, (2) original 10-20's, (1) 15-30, (1) 12-24, (1) 50 1.4, and (2) 20 1.8's. Sure, each lens has it's own optical and physical qualities some of which may not be perfect but the same is true of lenses from all the manufacturers.

Additionally, Sigma lenses carry a decent warranty, 4 years for the EX lenses, 3 years for non-EX. So, if you're not happy with it, have it fixed.

That said, the nikon gets great reviews too...

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Oh wait, are you still on the D40? Cause I don't think the Tokina 11-16 is AF-S (or whatever Tokina's version of it is), though Tokina came out with an updated 12-24 that *is* AF-S. I still think the 11-16 is the best Ultra Wide.
Yup. the 11-16 is not a BIM (AF-S in tokina-speak) so no autofocus for me. The 12-24 Tokina doens't look as good as the Sigma/Nikkor options.

Troy, that's pretty much why I'm torn. The Sigma is so close to the Nikkor. I probably will love the results either of them produce.

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Get the 10-24 tamron...has VC and compatible with AF-S

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I have not read anything good about the Tamron. Do you have one?

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I have not read anything good about the Tamron. Do you have one?
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