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Jun 17, 2013 02:17 |  #1

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I'm looking for a cheap but decent wide lens for FF, preferably a small prime. 17mm is perfect and anything between 16mm and 20mm is ok depending on what I find. Budget is very small because I will only rarely use this lens.

Options I found are 17mm from Vivitar, Tokina and Tamron. Some things I don't really understand. The Tamron is Adaptall and I'm not sure how the mount works there. I need it for a Nikon mount actually but if I can fit it to both Nikon and Canon that's an advantage (I use both).

I'm also a bit confused about the different models from those companies. Some Vivtars seem to be Tokinas, some are not(?), the Tamron has several options (and the mount thing confuses me...) and the Tokina is available in more than a few options too (some seem to be AF too, which are too expensive I think).

I'd prefer to keep it around $200 but would stretch it a bit if necessary. Though I'm having a hard time finding any of these.

Thank you!


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Jun 17, 2013 06:00 |  #2

Would wider be OK? Because the Rokinon 14mm is not much more than your budget, and is optically much better than anything else in that price range.


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Jun 17, 2013 06:08 |  #3

Sirrith wrote in post #16038033 (external link)
Would wider be OK? Because the Rokinon 14mm is not much more than your budget, and is optically much better than anything else in that price range.

But mechnical it is much worse than anything else in that price range :mad:
My Tokina 17 works fine. Its edge performance is sometimes a problem.

The Zeiss Contax 18mm f/4 (external link) is a fine lens, but more expensive, and it has mirror clearance problems with the EOS 5D.


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Jun 17, 2013 06:34 |  #4

Thanks, but the Samyang (aka Rokinon) 14mm is both too wide and too expensive. It's $550 here and ordering from e.g. USA will also be close to that after shipping and VAT.


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Jun 17, 2013 08:13 |  #5

OLY 21/3.5


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Jun 17, 2013 14:21 |  #6

gasrocks wrote in post #16038270 (external link)
OLY 21/3.5

Could be a bit more expensive than USD 200?
A Nikon 20mm f/3.5 could fit in that USD 200.


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Jun 17, 2013 15:31 |  #7

You get what you pay for. Wide, good and cheap do not really go into the same sentence.


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Jun 17, 2013 15:38 |  #8

Where is here?

It's seriously difficult to find anything that beats a used 17-40 in bang for buck. All the "interesting" wide primes are easily over $250, and they're usually not all that amazing.


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Jun 17, 2013 15:44 |  #9

For $200, you should probably look at one of the older Tamron or Tokina 19-35mm lenses. They are actually decent stopped down a little bit. Not sure you have many options at that price.


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Jun 17, 2013 16:42 |  #10

I have the Tokina 19-35 and i picked it up here for 100. very contrasty at f8 and above but a very slow lens. I've seen them go from around 75 to 150 on ebay.


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