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What is a good, affordable Nikon F or Z Mount, wide-angle, constant aperture, zoom lens for a full-frame camera?

iKokomo 5 9
12 Mar 2022 5:27PM
I am looking for an affordable wide-angle, constant aperture, zoom lens for my Nikon Z6. I have the FTZ adapter. I am looking for the following in the lens:

1. Constant Aperture (2.8 or 4)
2. Ability to autofocus with FTZ (not a Screw drive autofocus)
3. Not too expensive (I am a portrait photographer, but I would love to play around with architecture and landscape photos, so the quality does not have to be amazing.)

Thank you for your help!
Carabosse Plus
20 43.7k 270 England
12 Mar 2022 7:45PM
Just as a starting point have a look here:

pablophotographer 11 2.2k 444
13 Mar 2022 7:30PM
Hi, if you just want to "play around" consider a x0.6 conversion lens than can screw on your existing zoom lens which I guess you have. Those conversion lenses lack aperture controls but you will be able to control the aperture from your lens and/or camera.
randomrubble 18 3.1k 12 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2022 8:57PM
If looking for a cheap lens for a bit of a play, just for fun with architecture & landscape Iíd probably suggest a couple of manual focus primes via a cheap Chinese adapter.

Letís be honest these subjects donít move much and, aside from there being no AF shift lenses, Iíve found AF has enough issues with architecture (the important bits donít always have high contrast edges) that Iím manually focusing on magnified live view a fair bit anyway.

The really good stuff (Zeiss 21/2.8 or similar) is still pricey, but a Tokina Or Tamron 17mm & Olympus OM 24/2.8 can do a job on 24mp. With a bit of care that pair should be less than £200 all-in and with careful buying can be sold on at very little loss.
LenShepherd 15 4.6k United Kingdom
18 Mar 2022 8:33PM
What is your budget - and what tripod do you have?

For landscape and architecture a good tripod is very important.

Do you have Lightroom or something similar to the Lightroom Transform tool in other software?
Improvements in the Transform tool over the last few years may be why Canon has recently withdrawn production of three of its tilt and shift lenses.
Nick_w Plus
16 4.4k 100 England
12 Apr 2022 8:45PM
What about the standard z24-70 F4 that comes with it? Or the 16-35 F4?(either Z or G Lenís??) . As for tripod Iím finding with the Z7ii you can hand hold at 1second (ok not a great hit rate, but can be done) the ibis is impressive.
Also how about an old 20mm prime (D) so no autofocus (this is what I intend to do for landscapes), but you can focus peak or full manual (which Iíve done for years anyway).
LenShepherd 15 4.6k United Kingdom
13 Apr 2022 8:32AM
Obvious front runner mid range zooms - at second hand prices with a warranty from a retailer - include the 24-70 f4 Z or the 24-120 constant aperture F mount.
For wider angles the Nikon 16-35 has already been mentioned.

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