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Thoughts- Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM Lens or nikon 10-24 or 12-24

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13 Feb 2013 - 8:32 PM

Hi , I am going to purchase a wide angle lens for landscape photography and was wondering your thoughts as to best option for my entry level D3100.
Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM Lens
Nikon 12-24mm f/4G ED IF Autofocus DX Nikkor Zoom Lens
Nikon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED AF-S DX Nikkor Lens
I realise sigma cheaper option but I will only buy 1 so don't mind too much on price.
Thanks for any thoughts

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widtink  2406 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2013 - 10:10 PM

I have the Sigma 10-20 and its a great lens Smile I use it on my D7000 and it produces some really dramatic picsSmile


13 Feb 2013 - 10:22 PM

Interesting debate that's been had many times before.

Add to the mix the Tokina 12-24mm (equal to the Nikon optically - and a metal construction) - their new 2mm increased 12-26mm(???) or their 11-16mm...

The 12-24mm (Tokina) is my 'live-on' lens and I love it. Rugged and sharp.

One 'down-side'... their International Warranty s only for 6mths. I bought mine from HK many moons ago and, when I tackled the supplier about this, they personally Warranted the lens for 12mths without question. Since the, I have not had a problem.



I had the Sigma and it was wonderful. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.

KONIN e2 Member 3252 forum postsKONIN vcard England
13 Feb 2013 - 10:57 PM

i had the sigma 10-20 but was not totally happy coud not pin point why so sold it and bought the nikon 12-24 f4 much happier now with the results its a better lens all round , for me any way

Keebsuk Junior Member 232 forum posts United Kingdom
14 Feb 2013 - 12:33 AM

I have the Sigma 10-20mm f3.5 on a Canon 60D and I love it. It's rarely off the body these days. Wink


KNS  5106 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
14 Feb 2013 - 12:53 AM

Got the Nikon 12 - 24 great lens, but then many are at this focal length/zoom range.....

javam  101083 forum posts United Kingdom19 Constructive Critique Points
14 Feb 2013 - 10:26 AM

I have the cheaper sigma 10-20 (f4-5.6) for my 7D. I could count on the fingers of one hand (ok maybe two) how often I used it wide open when I had one for my Pentax so could not see the point of getting the f3.5. Especially as I would have then needed another lee w/a filter adapter to fit it and the f4-5.6 is the same filter size as my 24-105 and 100-400.

Was very happy with the pentax fit one I had and very happy with this one.

I will only change it if/when I get a full frame camera.

MalcolmS e2 Member 91072 forum postsMalcolmS vcard England13 Constructive Critique Points
14 Feb 2013 - 2:09 PM

Sigma 10-20mm F4 terrific lens, only got rid when I went full frame. There have been many threads over the years about this lens and they all say basically the same thing. If your main use is on top of a tripod, you don't need the F3.5 version either.

14 Feb 2013 - 7:04 PM

I have the f4 10-20 lens, very pleased with it,
this is a bit off the subject but interesting. i had a canon40d converted to infrared with a 720nm filter put in, i tried the 10-20 on IR and it was rubbish, so i left it for a while, then a couple of months later i went out with the IR camera and when i got the camera out i was horrified, i still had the sigma on it. so i went ahead and spent the day taking shots but thinking i was wasting my time, but some of the best IR shots i have ever done were there, i had to make another set of actions to get the effects i wanted, and got some effects i did not bargain on, i was at Painshill park in october, one amazing effect i got was a shot of a tree and white bridge over a stream with almost natural range of colours, its half IR and half "normal" it seems it does not like the summer IR very smeared near the frame edges. lots to do to get used to these random effects.

Mike_Smith e2 Member 7125 forum postsMike_Smith vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2013 - 6:00 PM

Cant Speak for the other lens But the Sigma 10 - 20 is a cracking lens that wont dissapoint. Lately i havent used mine much but i will be this year

24 Feb 2013 - 11:34 AM

I decided to go for the Sigma , build quality seems good and am looking forward to some better weather to get out there taking shots .Thanks to all for comments.

24 Feb 2013 - 12:04 PM

I'd go for the Sigma lens, Bought mine early last year and it is always on either my EOS 7D or 40D.
Most of the landscape shots I took in Cornwall were taken with the Sigma:
You won't be disappointed.Smile

Last Modified By EOS_Snapper at 24 Feb 2013 - 12:06 PM
annettep38 e2 Member 3187 forum postsannettep38 vcard France32 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2013 - 11:24 PM

I have had both the 10--20 sigma and the 12-24 nikkor. The latter was far better in the corners and in the shadows. Would still use if I hadn't changed format.

clubsoda  1
28 Feb 2013 - 2:42 AM

I have the 10-20 Sigma on my Rebels.. and love it as a 'art' lens.. the ability to add incredible depth, and twist a bit of perspective makes it fun..sees light very well too..

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