Looking for an Ultra-Wide prime lens.

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by matthew_roberts|1, Oct 14, 2009.

  1. Hi Everyone!
    I am looking for a sub 24mm for shooting real estate (indoors), small spaces, bedrooms, bathrooms etc.
    I have a D700, 24-70, 50 1.4, 70-300VR, SB900. My 24-70 is attached 95% of the time.
    I don't want to go all-out and buy the 14-24mm because I cannot justify the cost when I won't be using it that often. Also, a small prime will be easy to add to my already busy lowepro backpack.
    Thank you all in advance!
  2. Thanks tommy, but hoping for under 24mm because I have 24mm on my 24-70.
  3. For that kind of work, you could get by with a used AI 17/3.5 Tokina.
  4. You could also look around for a used 20/4, a tiny, sharp AIS lens that takes 52mm filters.
  5. Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 EX DG IF HSM Aspherical good enough for indoor real estate?
  6. Is there any 18, 17, 16, 15, 14mm... etc primes?
  7. The Nikon 18/3.5 Ais is small by todays standards, and would certainly generate acceptable images for real estate work(small to medium repro, web, etc). Other than that, Luis has the right idea: look at the various Tokina, Sigma, Tamron, etc primes...especially used...especially used AND returnable.
  8. You could try the Nikkor AFD 18-35mm 1:3.5-4.5 IF-ED, which seems to be available new.
    It's not massive, but not as small as a small prime. It's not too expensive, especially if bought used.
  9. Nikon 14/2.8 - but you are probably better off getting the 14-24 instead
    Nikon 18/2.8 - you might be able to find one used; the lens doesn't have a stellar reputation though
    Zeiss Distagon 18/3.5 - manual focus
    Leica Elmarit 19/2.8 - need the leitax F-mount to fit it to your D700
  10. I was just reading along....toying with the idea of a 'real' wide angle for my D700 so long. I have two zooms to schlepp around already, and don't want a third one (albeit the 14-24 is veeeerrry tempting...)
    Dieter, thank you so much for the hint about the Zeiss Distagon. It completely slipped my mind. I must say that, if I do landscapes, I take the time to focus, the same goes for architecture. Sometimes manual focus is not that much of a problem.
  11. I'd seriously think about Zeiss. Stunning glass, based on what I've seen.
  12. I have a few manual primes I used on my FEs and they are top notch on the D700. I have an AI'd 20mm 3.5 UD it is a very capable lens. It cost me $100.00 AU on ebay, and worth every penny even though the focus ring is a little tight.
  13. I have a few manual primes I used on my FEs and they are top notch on the D700. I have an AI'd 20mm 3.5 UD it is a very capable lens. It cost me $100.00 AU on ebay, and worth every penny even though the focus ring is a little tight.
  14. sorry duplicate, whilst fiddling with photo
  15. Why "must" it be a prime? The Nikon 17-35 f2.8 would be AWESOME in that particular use. Or, on a budget, the 18-35 if you can get a flash or tripod in the mix, and it's probably almost as small and light as a prime.
    Zooms rule out in the ultra-wide territory.
  16. The Nikkor 20mm (f2.8, f3.5 or f4) with a field of view of 94 degrees will include all four walls of a room if you stand in the corner. Be aware of converging verticals. Any lens wider than this will include more in the photograph.
  17. Matthew... Radford and Peter are on the right track. Get a Nikkor 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5. You aren't going to shoot interiors at f/2.8 or f/4 anyways.
  18. Voigtländer 20/3.5, tiny, can be bought as new, doesn't cost too much, high image quality. You'll have to correct the distortion, but you'll have to do it with any nikkor prime that wide anyway.
    A surprise option: the upcoming samyang 14/2.8. Probably not top notch but not bad either. Should be quite reasonably priced.
  19. Small and light equals a prime. I use the AIS Nikkors 20mm f2.8, 24mm f2.8, 28mm f2 and 35mm f2. Maybe not quite as good as the 17-35mm f2.8 Nikkor but I enjoy using them all with my D700. The extreme corners are soft wide open but get better when stopped down. Zeiss are much larger and heavier but read as very high quality. The Voigtlander is chipped which is nice if you use more than one AIS type lense. May be very close to the Nikkors for IQ. I have not used AF-D wides with my D700 but Bjorn is less happy with most of them.
  20. The Nikon 18-35mm is a very highly regarded lens for the price. It easily beats any of the old single focal lenses when it comes to image quality, especially those under 24mm. Since it's not a pro f2.8, it's not very heavy either. The Samyang sounds interesting, but I'll no doubt end up buying the 14-24mm f2.8 when the time comes. I do use ultrawide quite a bit and won't compromise.
    Kent in SD
  21. How about Cosina/Karl Zeiss 21/2.8 or 18/3.5 ZF, although neither is "a lot" cheaper than 14-24.
  22. Is the 13mm f/5.6 beyond your budget?
  23. Thank you all for such fantastic responses.
    The 18-35 looks like the perfect choice for "best bang for buck". Cheers!
  24. get the Tokina 11-16 2.8...I have it on the D300
  25. Matthew. I use the D700 with the 24-70mm also and my ultra wides are the Tamron 17-35 f2.8/4 and the Sigma 14mm F2.8 prime. I find them both to be excellent for a lot less than a Nikon equivalent.
  26. why a prime, i reccomend the sigma 12-24 at $700. i shoot canon, 1.3x crop body and lots of real estate. its a nice lens it replaced my $!400 canon wide zoom for me a few years ago. it covers full frame too.
  27. the question is more - can you even find one available ? :)
    > Is the 13mm f/5.6 beyond your budget?
  28. I think your best inexpensive solution for D700 is the Tokina 11-16mm. Used at 16mm there is no vignetting on the D700 and good and sharp into the corners if stopped down some.
    I tried the 18-35mm and at 18mm it didn't even cover the corners of DX sharply. The 20mm f2.8 AF-D I had also didn't have good enough corners.
    Others may have had different experiences - but the Tokina is my D700 ultrawide solution - just don't use UW often enough to justify 14-24mm.
  29. Sigma 20mm 1.8. Great in low light. Full frame. Very wide. About $500. For the indoor shots you would need for real estate and considering you have a full frame camera, this would be your best bet. A lot of the zooms people are suggesting are for partial frame cameras and so you can't use the low end of the wide without vignetting on your D700.

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