I'm preparing for a photography major application next January and have the next 6 months to make 10 of my "best work" shots. I have a lot of ideas brainstormed, and many would require a wide angle I believe. Plus I love to shoot landscape a lot anyway. My current gear is on the long end since I also enjoy wildlife and incognito close-ups. I have the 50/1.8 and 55-200 VR. I sold my 18-55 non-VR with my D40X to upgrade to the D200 body for $600 (Thanks BestBuy I love you!). My main goal is to get a good ultra-wide. The two that I have considered thus far (and feel free to let me know of any others that are of comparable quality) are Tokina's 12-24/4 and 11-16/2.8. I'm a sharpness nut and I heard the 11-16 is extremely sharp, and if it's that much better than the 12-24 I may pick it up. I wouldn't mind getting something as wide as 10mm but I so far haven't seen any rave reviews of a 10mm-Xmm of the same price range. The other thing I'm taking into consideration is later getting a normal zoom somewhere in the 18-80 range to cover the gap. So my question is, what are your thoughts on the currently available ultrawides? Is the 11-16 that much better than the 12-24? I realize the speed factor, which at the moment isn't a big deal doing landscapes, but if I do indoor wedding which I may in the future years I could utilize that. And what normal zoom would you put up against the 18-55VR? I've read good reviews on it since the addition of VR. Plus it's not costly at all. If I did go with the 11-16, the 18-55 would compliment it nicely, but if the 11-16 isn't worth the extra $200 then I could find something like 24-80+ish to pair with the 12-24. Thanks in advance for your experience and advice!