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    Question Wide Angle lens for Nikon D700

    I need a wide angle lens for my Nikon D700. I had to sell my superb Nikkor 12-24mm wide lens because it was a DX format.
    I need a wide angle lens desperately!!!! But I have 2 choices:

    1. Wait until I've saved up enough $$$$ to buy the Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8 AF-S (big bucks)
    2. Buy a third party wide angle lens and have one to use much sooner!

    As I've always used Nikkor lenses I'm not very familiar with third party ones. I know Sigma have a wide angle one that would be suitable but there may be others out there that I'm not aware of.

    Any help/recommendations would be much appreciated!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deerfield View Post
    I need a wide angle lens desperately!!!!

    (big bucks)
    The two go together unfortunately.

    If desperate overrides the wallet simply buy the best ---- AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED

    If the wallet overrides desperate ---- wait and go picture less.

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    You didnt have to sell the 12-24, it would have worked fine on DX format

    Anyhow.

    I have a 20mm F2.8, wide enough for me

    Most UWA's are very good, third party or not
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    be smart. if you do not need a zoom, get a nice second hand 20mm f2.8. Mongo has an old AIs manual model - great pictures - few hundred bucks Or later models even in short zooms - still very inexpensive or just buy the model you mentioned second hand !
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    Just to add the other side of the equation, I have the 17-35mm and its really worth the bucks once you finally get them together. Its the lens that virtually never left the camera during 4 weeks in UK, France and Belgium.

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    Nikkor 14-24 f/2.8 is fantastic on FX!

    But I'd have to go along with the idea of the 20mm prime or the 17-35 f/2.8 as suitable and less expensive alternatives.
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    18-35 if money is really tight?

    http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/846954
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    I have the AFS 17-35 2.8 Nikkor and it is tack sharp even wide open. worth every dollar. I wonder though how long it will be before Nikon update and supersede it as it has been about since '99 I think.

    Lighter than 14-24 and more versatile with the longer focal length. One major drawback to the 14-24 is the inability to use filters. This leaves that bulbous front element exposed, and of course CPL or GND is something you no longer have at your disposal. The 14-24 is arguably the sharpest lens Nikon have produced to date, but no filter is what really turned me off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deerfield View Post
    I need a wide angle lens for my Nikon D700. I had to sell my superb Nikkor 12-24mm wide lens because it was a DX format.
    I need a wide angle lens desperately!!!! But I have 2 choices:

    1. Wait until I've saved up enough $$$$ to buy the Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8 AF-S (big bucks)
    2. Buy a third party wide angle lens and have one to use much sooner!
    If you use the lens at f/8-f/11 and filtre on it most of the time, any wide angle will be sharp enough for you. So get the cheapest one !

    A few months ago, I bought a 14-24/2.8 and use it at f/2.8 in 99.9% of time (I hate using filtre on any of my lens !). This is an incredible zoom lens !!!

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    I'm with DM. Having both the 14-24 and the 17-35, an FX and DX camera I love the 14-24 on FX but somehow it's not as good on the D300. The 17-35 is a more useful lens.
    For the crop camera the 17-55 is outstanding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkW View Post
    Just to add the other side of the equation, I have the 17-35mm and its really worth the bucks once you finally get them together. Its the lens that virtually never left the camera during 4 weeks in UK, France and Belgium.

    couldn't agree more, just had 2 weeks in Japan, and for almost the entire time, it never left the D700.

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    I invested in a 14-24mm f2.8 a few months ago and I use a D700 also. I have to say I am simply amazed at how good this lens is. It has not been off my camera since I have had it, and i never use the 24mm end. I shoot mainly land/seascapes and have found that the cokin xpro series filter system works well with the universal adapter.

    If you can afford the 14-24mm you will not be disappointed. Have you considered the new 16-35mm f4 VR?

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    If you're after a compromise between portability, quality and price, the new 16-35mm VR might be the right lens for you.

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    I just dont get what gap the 16-35mm was meant to fill? Its not that much cheaper OR smaller/lighter than the 17-35.

    I sold my 17-35 to fund the D700 purchase and have regretted it ever since. Ive got to buy back into UWA now and still torn between the 14-24 and just grabbing another 17-35

    The upcoming Lee filter system for the 14-24 might just sway me that way I think!

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    If it's any help Gaidin my 17-35 spends more time on the full frame cameras than the 14-24. The extra 11mm at the tight end is practical.

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    Thanks Redgum, youre not making this any easier

    My head says go with the 17-35 and take the savings on the filter system that I get with that lens...but that 14-24 is just so tack sharp and 14mm is pretty damn wide!!

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    Haha!!! Like any love affair you need to see past the first embrace.

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    A pro let me borrow his 14-24mm to use on my D300. Absolutely fabulous lens - brilliant quality and build (but as you can't fit a UV filter on the front you have to be very careful!). He uses it on a D700 and loves it - sharp all the way through the image. I'm going to wait and save my pennies - I'd rather do that and get a top lens than compromise.

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    I have the 17-35 and its a great lens, but my next purchase will be the 14-24 cause I want the extra width.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ricktas View Post
    I have the 17-35 and its a great lens, but my next purchase will be the 14-24 cause I want the extra width.
    Thats where I got to. But then I started adding up the cost of a custom filter system + filters...and it starts becoming a VERY expensive 3mm to achieve!!!

    ps. Redgum, I love the analogy haha

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