Looking for a Wide-Angle Zoom for Nikon D90

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  1. markkelsey6

    markkelsey6 TPF Noob!

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    Hello Guys,

    I just stumbled upon this website, which appears to be a wealth of information. I'm new to DSLR photography, and new to these forums. Please be patient with my questions. ;)

    My kit is as follows: Nikon D90, Nikkor Af 50mm f/1.8, Nikkor AF D 70-210mm. I have been having a great time with these lenses, and taking some good pictures, but there is a clear void in my kit. I am in the market for a wide-angle lens.

    I would love to hear suggestions from you guys on a good Nikkor lens to complete my kit. Keep in mind that I am an amateur, and that I do not have a lot of cash to throw around. My 70-210 is a used lens, and I might be looking at a used lens now as well. I would like autofocus, but I like the apparently tough metal construction of some of the older Nikkor lenses. I don't see a full frame camera in my near future, but don't have my heart set on DX either.

    I've been looking at the 16-85mm, but it is a little bit above my budget right now. Surely there is something similar, but a bit older? I don't need VR, although I'm sure it's nice.

    Also, do think this lens needs to be a zoom? Would a fixed 20mm give me a kit that I could work with? I know a lot of this is personal preference, but I'm eager to hear what you think.

    So, an inexpensive, quality wide-angle Nikkor lens for general purpose use by a discerning amateur photographer. What have you got?

    Thanks in advance. I look forward to hearing from you.

    Cheers,

    Mark
     
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    chip TPF Noob!

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    if you want a stay on normal zoom lens, you can't beat the Nikon 16-85mm. It also has VR II which really works great. I know this from personal experience. If you want a wide angle zoom, then either the Nikon 12-24mm F4 or the Nikon 10-24mm will work well for the D90.
     
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    You could try the 18-70mm nikon, its a bit cheaper than the 16-85mm. Can't really compare the two as I only have the 18-70mm. I really like it though, have no complaints.
    Good luck, these decisions are always fun.
     
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    djacobox372 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    This is a good budget choice:

    Tokina 17mm f/3.5 SL

    The negative is: It won't meter on your d90 (you'd need a d300, d700, or d3 for that)

    The positive is: It's full frame, so if you ever upgrade to a full-frame camera you'll have a very wide lens.

    I used this to replace my crop-sensor sigma 10-20mm after I upgraded to a d700.

    Autofocus isn't that essential with a wide angle lens, as the depth of field is huge.
     
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    You could also find a used one, if you are like me, love the wide angle but don't use it everyday.
     

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