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Nikon D5100 wide angle lens. Nikkor, Sigma or Tokina?

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Initial post: Nov 17, 2012 6:33:05 PM PST
Salmy says:
I want to buy a wide angle lens for capturing lanscapes and indoor decor with my Nikon D5100 and dont know what to do between these options
NIKKOR 12-24mm
SIGMA 8-16
tokina 11-16
The sigma and the Tokina are cheaper but as they as good as the Nikkor? I also read: "Most non-Nikon lenses from Tamron, Tokina, Quantaray, Sigma and anyone other than Nikon may not autofocus at all on the D5100."
I wanna see if I can buy the lens for black friday buy dont know which one to choose from. Can someone please give me some advice....? :(

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2012 11:56:35 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 17, 2012 11:59:34 PM PST
Neo Lee says:
All three lenses will have AF on all Nikon DSLRs. How perfect the AF of a third-party lens depends on a number of technical factors. The general rule of thumb is that third-party lenses do not focus as precisely as OEM lenses. Nikon AF is closed source and it's a trade secret in itself. Sigma for instance has to reverse engineer the AF algorithm and embed the precision database to control its AF stepper motor or servo based on the distance information relayed from the camera. Believe it or not, Nikon would have sued Sigma for reverse engineering the AF if it weren't for the laws that protect reverse-engineering for the purposes of interoperability. That didn't stop Nikon from suing Sigma over optical stabilization patent last year.

I got the Tokina 11-16 (for Canon) before Sigma released the 8-16. The Tokina's is a good fast lens but if I were to buy right now, I would go with the much wider Sigma 8-16.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2012 10:14:35 PM PST
® says:
Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX II Digital Zoom Lens (AF-S Motor) (for Nikon Cameras) will autofocus on the D5100 as it is the newer version with a lens motor. The older body motor Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 Pro DX Digital Zoom Lens - Nikon will not, surely a few copies will be floating around. They updated the motor so that is why it will cost more.

I own all 4 brands for Nikon, nikkor, tomaron , tokina, and sigma. My favorite lenses is the 85mm 1.4 for sigma, I took a shot with the nikon version in store and with my sigma. I would say the Nikon is a tad sharper. Sigma other issues is the white balance (WB) is a little different, I say the Nikon is more natural. The money I saved, I am not complaining, just stating my observation. I once had a sigma 18-200 and returned it for a nikon 18-200, the sigma here I thought was sharper, but it died within 2 weeks, the nikkor I still have since 2008ish. Once you get a sigma give it like a 1000 shots before the return day, I am hesitant on the QC, bu tif you are proactive you can catch it early. I think the tokina 11-16 (older version) could be sharper at times, but it is a great lens overall, just being picky. The zoom of 11-16 isn't much of a different, I basically just leave it at 11 like how I shoot prime. Quantaray I think is mostly gone, they are sigma repackage back in the old days as kit lens.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2012 9:47:11 AM PST
C. Coleman says:
Why not the Nikkor 10-24mm? It works great on the D5100. I don't believe that the Tokina 11-16 has a built in autofocus motor. If not, it won't autofocus on a D5100. The Sigma goes WIDE but it does not have filter rings, so you can't use any filters with it. This may or may not be an issue for you, but it is for me. I would stick with either the Nikon 12-24 or 10-24 (I have the 10-24).

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2012 9:50:57 AM PST
tokina recently updated the 11-16mm and added an autofocus motor, so it will work on all nikon bodies. just make sure you get the new version with the AF motor. i dont have an uw lens yet so i can't really suggest any of them, but in general the nikon lenses should be tops in performance and quality.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2012 10:20:05 AM PST
Salmy says:
I think the Nikkor would be my first choice if it wasnt $200 more expensive..

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 10:23:34 AM PST
Salmy says:
Thanks for all the answers. Would this would be the new Tokina model you are talking about Eric?
Tokina AT-X116PRDXN AT-X PRO DX 11-16mm Ultra-wide Angle Lens for Nikon

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2012 11:49:13 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 20, 2012 11:50:17 AM PST
no that is the older model, the new model is the pro dx II
Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX II Digital Zoom Lens (AF-S Motor) (for Nikon Cameras)
if you shop around you should be able to find it for it's suggested retail price of $699

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 7:22:15 PM PST
Sachin Kumar says:
I suggest Nikon 10-24mm. I have this lens and its awesome for ultrawide angle photography.

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 7:32:14 PM PST
Tochsrur says:
After seeing the price of the tokina´s new model that is only $70 less than the Nikon 10-24 (the older tokina model was a lot cheaper) I think the Nikon is the best shot......

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 8:29:25 PM PST
Salmy says:
Thanks for all the help... Im still analysing the lenses but if the tokina is close in price to the Nikon, its better to get the Nikon, right?

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 8:58:25 PM PST
Neo Lee says:
Remember that Tokina has a fixed f/2.8. If you're shooting landscape at f/8 or smaller, it might not matter.

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 6:16:55 AM PST
Salmy says:
Mmm you are right about that...Im planning on shooting landscapes and interiors !

Posted on Nov 23, 2012 4:21:16 PM PST
Mason says:
I think you might be pleasantly surprised with the Tamron 2.8 17-55 lens. I use it on on a d3000 and the wide angle is great and in zoom you get an awesome depth of field.
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