Wide-angle lens for nikon APS-C

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by pavishine, Dec 14, 2020.

  1. Hi! I'm looking into getting an ultra-wide-angle lens for my Nikon D7200 camera, but there are quite a few options available and I'm not sure what i should choose from these:

    Nikon 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6 VR
    Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8

    The Tokina is about 20€ more expensive, so not a huge difference price-wise between the 2 for me.

    I tend to do a lot of low light work hand-held, but almost never of moving subjects (especially on such a wide-angle lens), so I'm not sure if the VR or the much faster aperture is better. Nikon claims the VR allows you to shoot at 3.5 stops lower shutter speed, so even with a conservative 2 stops lower shutter speed, that makes the lenses comparable for low light hand-held shots where you do not have moving subjects.

    Obviously the Nikon one has the advantage of being equipped with the best auto-focus, but that does not make a huge difference for my use case. Also, the Nikon one is much more portable, which could be beneficial since then I'd be more inclined to take it with me, but it's not by far the most important thing since, for example, I don't have any issues taking my Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 with me despite its big size.

    I might want to do astrophotography eventually, and for that the Tokina seems way better on paper, unless it exhibits huge coma smearing at f/2.8.
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  2. Get the Tokina.
    VR isn't that useful on a wideangle lens, but the extra 1.5 to 2 stops of aperture is.

    And why the router links?
    If you're a genuine new member and not a spammer; lose the links. Otherwise you risk being kicked off the forum for spamming.
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  3. IFF you are not a spammer, there are a number of nice 10-something to 20-something lenses for Nikon APS-C.

    look at the Sigma lenses too.

    There are fairly decent (small to 1 sample size though) reviews at

    Nikon / Nikkor (APS-C) Lens Tests (formerly known as Photozone)
  4. IIRC then on the D7200 VR for the AF-P 10-20 cannot be turned off - unless there’s been a firmware release that takes care of it and of which I am not aware of.

    Instead of the 11-16 consider the newer 11-20.
  5. ???????
  6. How about the Nikkor 8-15mm for maybe if/when you move up to FX?

    It's about a 12-22mm on DX.
  7. I've been happy with the 10-20mm, albeit I rarely actually use it on DX cameras.

    For some of the situations where I've used it, I've actually found VR useful. The biggest benefit has been when I'm photographing from a moving/bouncing platform.

    I love how lightweight it is, though.
  8. That’s a fisheye lens.
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  9. I know it's pantomime season, but "Oh no it's not."

    I'll admit it's a oddity, but it's a weird hybrid, not 'just' a fisheye.
  10. Nikon lists it as fisheye and the angle mapping is equisolid; at no focal length setting and for no sensor format does the lens produce a rectilinear image.
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  11. Correct! (I own copy)
  12. I own the earlier version of the Tokina 11-16mm/2.8. Bought it for my D5100, and it has served equally well on the D7100. An excellent value, particularly if you can find a gently used copy. No experience with the Nikkor option, but they tend to be very good. I really like and frequently have used the wide aperture on my Tokina. This will be very desirable if you intend to do much in the way of low light or astrophotography.
  13. Well, yes! :)

    What i was meaning was it's not just a circular fisheye. Which I guess makes it a diagonal or full-frame fish eye. That's all.

    It certainly has no pretensions to rectilinearism what-so-ever....:D
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  14. There were originally some weird links in the OP's post.

    They've since been removed.

    Hope that explains the suspicion of spamming.
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  15. Another vote for the Tokina 11-16mm, which I have and like very much, or their 11-20mm, reported to be equally good.

    Rodeo Joe: thank you for the explanation. I thought that something must have been removed, but you clarified it.
  16. I had the earlier, variable aperture sigma 10-20mm, which was OK.

    Once DxO had a lens correction available the weird moustache distortion 'disappeared'.

    However, I sold it and got the Sigma 8-16mm. It's not that great, resolution wise, wide open on the edges, so I just leave it at f8.

    Sigma 8-16 mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM review - Image resolution - LensTip.com

    114 deg across and NO filters....:(
  17. "pavishine was last seen: Monday at 9:21 AM"

    So maybe the OP was a cover for spam?

    Seems a bit elaborate to make up such a convincing post, but (s)he's obviously not very interested in our replies.

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