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Sigma 10-20mm and Tokina 11-16mm

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    11 Jul 2012 - 7:41 PM

    I am looking at getting a wide zoom for landscape work to be used with my Nikon D300s. I was rather settled on the idea of getting a Sigma 10-20mm f3.5 after a little shoot with one belonging to a friend, however, after a little more research I am also looking at the Tokina 11-16mm f2.8. I am finding it difficult to find somewhere that sells this lens where I could go in the store and get my hands on it as I'd rather take a look than buy it blind. Has anyone out there used the Tokina and if so how does it fare?

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    Graysta  91135 forum posts England
    11 Jul 2012 - 8:06 PM

    Not sure about the Tokina, But the 10-20 Sigma is awesome and you have to ask if you will use f2.8 for landscape. I had the 10-20 Sigma and miss it since going all FF but am considering buying a crop body just to use one again. All said i now have a D800 in the collection so might buy a Sigma to use at about 17mp,you have me thinking and maybe spending again.

    StuartAt e2 Member 91033 forum postsStuartAt vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
    11 Jul 2012 - 9:06 PM

    I had the same dilemna a couple of years back and settled for the Siggy on my D300. I preferred the extra range that the Siggy gave me (if only fractionally) and as Graysta has said, I'm not sure the f2.8 is so important for applications of that lens.

    KevinEllison e2 Member 72507 forum postsKevinEllison vcard England
    11 Jul 2012 - 10:25 PM

    Sigma is one my favourites to use (with D300) obviously can't speak for the Tokina because why have two of the same..! But there's lotsa folk around here like the Sigma too..

    RobboB e2 Member 777 forum postsRobboB vcard United Kingdom
    12 Jul 2012 - 8:39 AM

    I bought the Sigma 10-20 when I got my D80 on the strength of the fact that so many great landscape shots on here were taken with this lens. As others have said I dont see f2.8 beng of much relevance. I have gone Canon FF now but miss the 10-20

    SEMANON  295 forum posts United Kingdom
    12 Jul 2012 - 7:43 PM

    Has anyone ever had problems with these lenses going soft & needing repair?

    SlowSong e2 Member 64431 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
    12 Jul 2012 - 9:03 PM

    Got the Sigma. No probs.

    12 Jul 2012 - 10:37 PM

    Another vote for the Sigma 10-20.Smile

    KevinEllison e2 Member 72507 forum postsKevinEllison vcard England
    12 Jul 2012 - 10:51 PM

    Nope.. Had one three years and still sound as a pound..

    strawman  1022006 forum posts United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
    13 Jul 2012 - 12:21 AM

    My 10-20 is @ 6 years old and still working fine, there that should make it fail.

    dandeakin  6201 forum posts England3 Constructive Critique Points
    16 Jul 2012 - 10:11 PM

    I had a 10-20 for several years when I used a D200. I've also used my brothers 11-16. If I had to choose a new wide angle for a crop sensor I wouldn't hesitate in getting the tokina.

    I never found the 10-20 much good wide open (it was excellent stopped down for landscapes). The f2.8 of the 11-16 would be a major appeal for the stuff I shoot. It your just going to shoot at f11 then I doubt there's any difference, other than the focal lengths.

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