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    Nice Ultra-wide-angle lenses on budget?

    Being a student, I finally have a chance to spend the money on a SLR.

    I love shotting architecture and sceneries, and I am laying my eyes on ultra wide angle lenses.

    I am on a budget, so I will settle with buying used from eBay or craigslist; you know the idea . I am thinking of the Tokina 12-24mm f/4 or the Sigma 10-20mm.

    Oh by the way, I will settle for a Canon
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    I have the sigma, its very good. But it does distort a bit.
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    Film or APS-C? I'm guessing APS-H and Full Frame are out since you're on a budget.
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    @Jokester - I sort of like that distorting effect of ultrawides

    @itznfb - I will be shooting APS-C.

    I want to pay as little as possible for the most bang for buck.

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    I'd definitely try to find a good deal on the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8. They are pretty hard to find for Canon and they are price gouged pretty much everywhere for both Nikon and Canon. I try to like Sigma lenses but they just don't produce great results. I don't like having to fix color and contrast in post because the lens doesn't get it right...
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    I really considered the 11-16mm, but they are pretty expensive to find for used; the price is same for new of not more expensive.

    Trying to keep it under $400. $450 will be the most extreme I can go.

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    What's your definition of wide angle? I definitely recommend the Tokina 11-16 (Owner of one) or the Sigma, but if you're a little adventuresome and don't mind manual focus, you can find nice deals on somewhat-wide (~20mm) Zeiss Flektogons on eBay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by itznfb View Post
    I'd definitely try to find a good deal on the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8. They are pretty hard to find for Canon and they are price gouged pretty much everywhere for both Nikon and Canon. I try to like Sigma lenses but they just don't produce great results. I don't like having to fix color and contrast in post because the lens doesn't get it right...
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    You can also consider the Tokina 12-24 f4 if you are on a budget
    http://www.amazon.com/Tokina-12-24MM...6953907&sr=8-1

    Its extremely sharp and has the least barrel distortion. Its sharpness is being compared to that of L lens, and is just a tad bit less sharp then the 11-16 wide open, and equally sharp when stopped down.


    I have used the Sigma 10-20, I really liked it, but the barrel distortion was way too much and was not at all useful with people. Also there was a lot of light falloff and the sharpness wasn't consistent throughout the frame even stopped down. Also I felt 10mm was way to wide, i always end up cropping the sides off. I felt 12mm would be a perfect start (IMO), I shoot mostly landscape and I felt the use of 12 - 15mm more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jokester_wild View Post
    Yes, im going to replace mine with a Nikon soon. I find a polarizing helps. But in some lights its just fine. If you check my one photo gallery on my smugmug you can see quite a few on Hankin Lookout that turned out great.
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    the Tamron 10-24 is really nice.
    and there is a rebate right now too
    399 after rebate
    http://www.porters.com/tamron-sp-af1...canon-eos.html

    Porters is a local store here so i would hit up amazon.com and see what they have for prices.

    this also has a really close focal range so you get some really neat effects on close objects.
    here is what the close up distortion does at 10mm




    you could also do something in the zoom range too.
    the older Tamron 17-50mm F/2.8 is actually better, and more sharp than the newer 17-50mm with image stablizer.
    17mm isnt WIDE on a crop in the true sense but its wide enough for most uses.
    plus its F/2.8 thru the entire range.
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    Quote Originally Posted by itznfb View Post
    AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 12-24mm f/4G IF-ED is THE wide angle zoom for APS-C
    The Takina ATX 11-16mm F2.8 looks really good too..... soo many lenses.
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    Just found a Tokina 12-24mm for $325 on craigslist. Killer deal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lkiller123 View Post
    Just found a Tokina 12-24mm for $325 on craigslist. Killer deal?
    I wouldn't say its a killer deal but if the lens is in excellent shape then its worth picking up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lkiller123 View Post
    Just found a Tokina 12-24mm for $325 on craigslist. Killer deal?
    That's a nice deal, but you should check the condition of the lens. A new one goes for about $450-$490
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    Quote Originally Posted by kinghong1970 View Post
    Ehh, people are asking for at least $550 there..

    The person on Craigs is still not responding to my email

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    craigs is for 12-24 f/4, this is for 11-16 f/2.8...
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    Quote Originally Posted by kinghong1970 View Post
    craigs is for 12-24 f/4, this is for 11-16 f/2.8...
    I was telling ANP about the person on Craigs.

    By the way, I found very nice deals on POTN, thanks.

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    $550 is a good price for the 11-16mm, I think I paid $600 for mine and it was damn well worth it.
    The build quality on that lens is great, I love the focus ring as well, quality stuff.
    And f/2.8! You can use it indoors no problem and since it's wide angle you can really get your shutter speeds low if need be.

    Yes, there is very limited range on it, but I didn't buy an UWA so I could zoom in on things.
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    My budget is around $400, I can't go beyond that too much

    Well for now I am just shooting for deals on the Tokina 12-24mm. I will also look at the Tamron 10-24mm as Lestat stated if I can find a deal for USED on it..

    Thanks for the help

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    i used to have the Tamron 10-24mm
    it was a pretty good lens and you wouldn't be disappointed with it, there are just other better ones out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ripken204 View Post
    i used to have the Tamron 10-24mm
    it was a pretty good lens and you wouldn't be disappointed with it, there are just other better ones out there.
    oh there are always better for sure.
    but in that range on a crop i think the tamron 10-24 and the tokina 11-16 are the most affordable in that price range.

    i dont have much need for a super wide like that so i dont look at them often to know if there is anything better.
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