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Sigma 18-35 f1.8 or 10-20 f3.5 on APS-C

3 Mar 2016 2:48PM
Hi everyone,

This is my first post here... I have a Nikon D7100 and I am looking for a wide angle lens to replace the 18mm from the kit.

This is more for an architecture / city / landscape use, as well as some interior.

I have heard a lot of things about the Sigma 18-35 f1.8, but how does it rate compared to the Tamron 15-30 f2.8 or Tokina 16-28 f2.8?

Moreover, aren't they too narrow for my use? Since I am on a APS-C, they are equivalent to 22/27mm, wouldn't it be better to go for 10/12mm to get a 15/18mm equivalent?

In this case, what do you guys think of the Sigma 10-20 f3.5, the Tokina 12-24 f4 or the Nikon 10-24 f3.5?

Thanks in advance,

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themak 6 1.0k Scotland
3 Mar 2016 3:07PM
You're right, 18mm isn't very wide. Of the last 3 you mention, I believe they are all very good, although I have owned the Tokina 12-24 and can say it has very little distortion, which may be important for your use.
Gaucho 17 2.8k 2 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2016 3:36PM
I have the Sigma 10-20 and the Sigma 18-35 1.8 both very good, particularly 18-35 (if rather heavy).
MGJ 11 372 6
3 Mar 2016 7:07PM
the Sigma 18-35 is simply stunning with its quality. I've never felt the need to have a "wide angle". I just use the Photostitch facility in Photoshop.

If the perspective and effects particular to wider wide angles is required, then the stitch approach won't work of course. But if one simply wants to squeeze a bit more into the normal landscape, then the additional lens may well not be necessary.

seahawk 12 1.3k United Kingdom
3 Mar 2016 8:01PM
The Sigma 10-20 every time, I have one and the IQ is stunning. Suggest you forget the 18-35 and go for a Nikon 16-85mm; I got mine from a member here on ePz and optically it's amazing. With those 2 lenses you're just about covered for everything landscape-wise. I recommend the Sigma 18-250 for do-it-all lens for long hikes. (The Nikon version is very heavy).
3 Mar 2016 8:19PM
Had a Sigma 10-20mm and loved it...obviously no experience of Tamron or Tokina similarities (why buy both...!). Regret selling it, but now use Nikon 16-85 which is fine generally, but it would be nice to have just that extra "width" the Sigma gave me..!

I think quite a few folk use the Sigma 10-20 and are very happy with it..
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4049 Canada
4 Mar 2016 3:18AM
Tokina specialises in wide angle lenses. The least distortion of all of the above.
kodachrome 8 723
6 Mar 2016 11:21AM
I think Ken Rockwell did an in depth comparison test on all the lenses mentioned, can't remember his first choice but they were all close.

11 Mar 2016 9:47AM
Thank you all for your feedback, I'll check the Sigma 10-20 and the Tokina since I'd rather go for a f2.8 for interior shootings
a 11-20 just replaced the 11-16 I used to find had a range too narrow, and it's apparently very good

The 18-35, maybe... one day...
11 Mar 2016 10:58AM
I've had the Sigma 10-20 for a year or so and am very pleased with it (Canon 70D). I dont find the lack of f2.8 a problem : most applications for a wide angle you want extensive depth of field so tend to use f8 or f11. Most applications for a wide angle are also static so you can always increase exposure time if the light is low.

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