Lens shopping, any opinions?

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Vexillum Realty - Eagan, St. Paul, Minneapolis and suburbs 40370058

Before I make a lens purchase, I'd love a few opinions.

I'm currently using a Nikon D40 with and 18-200 Tamron lens. I'd like to do less stitching, so I'm considering a $499 Tamron  SP AF 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 DI II LD Aspherical (IF) for Nikon Built-in-Motor (BIM).
However, I've read that the photo quality may not be the best, so I'm also looking at a used NIKON/TAMRON AF 17-50MM F2.8.

I'm also using an SB 600 flash, so maybe I don't need F2.8 vs. F3.5. But then again, maybe the image quality would be better through the 17-50MM F2.8 even at F3.5 or more.

If you want to see my shots & virtual tours done with the D40, my site is www.realty.tc.

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Rainmaker
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Lee Jinks
Jinks Realty - McAllen, TX

Going from 18mm ot 17mm isn't going to give you much more angle of view.  I've heard good things about he Sigma 10-20mm.  I'm using the Nikon 10-24mm and think it's great!

Aug 11, 2010 11:43 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Kevin Vitali
EXIT Realty Beatrice Associates - Middleton, MA
Helping Massachusetts Home Buyers and Home Sellers

I use the Sigma 10-20 and have been happy with the results.  Its saturation is moderate as well as contrast and sharpness but it is way more affordable than its Nikon counterpart.  Lets face it these are for images going on the web for a short period.  Keep the budget down..... More important than the lens you purchase is learn to use it properly.

Aug 15, 2010 03:11 AM #2
Rainer
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Eric Lee
Realty Executives - Phoenix, AZ
e-PRO, SFR - Phoenix, AZ

I agree with both the above posts - 17mm isn't going to be significantly different from 18mm and unless your printing in magazines, these photos don't need to be award winners. Stick with the cheaper ones - the Tamron or the Sigma 10-20 (which I have) work great and cost quite a bit less than the Nikons. . . . $500 is a good price. You can find used ones for around $400 at KEH.com or adorama.com or B&HPhotoVideo.com and a couple other places.

BTW be aware that there are 2 versions of the Sigma 10-20 - the older f4-5.6 and the newer f3.5 which costs another couple hundred dollars. For real estate, the variable f4-5.6 should be sufficient.

Aug 16, 2010 02:30 PM #3
Rainer
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Michael Cole
CPG Tours - Orange, CA

You may also want to consider the Tokina 12-24 (f/4), or the 11-16 (f/2.8). Both are great lenses, and are not that expensive.

Aug 29, 2010 02:24 AM #4
Rainmaker
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Kevin Vitali
EXIT Realty Beatrice Associates - Middleton, MA
Helping Massachusetts Home Buyers and Home Sellers

I have the Sigma 10-20mm is it a nikon lens....No.  It does have a slight color cast and is not as sharp.  But for real estate images and the cost benefit it is worth the investment.  I paid $500 for it.

Sep 10, 2010 05:34 AM #5
Rainmaker
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Sam Miller
RE/MAX Stars Realty - Howard, OH
Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist

Personally I would shy away from the Sigma lens and I would try to locate a higher quality 10 mm lens even if the purchase price is 50% higher than the Sigma.  

Sep 11, 2010 03:50 PM #6
Rainmaker
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Gene Allen
Fathom Realty - Cary, NC
Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate

If the cheaper lens have distortion you can use PTLens which is a software program.  

Oct 09, 2010 02:04 PM #7
Rainmaker
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Sam Miller
RE/MAX Stars Realty - Howard, OH
Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist

What lens did you end up purchasing and how has it worked out for you?

Nov 08, 2010 04:30 PM #8
Rainmaker
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Mark R. Westpfahl REALTOR Broker
Vexillum Realty - Eagan, St. Paul, Minneapolis and suburbs - Eagan, MN
e-PRO® CNE® REALTOR® Minnesota Real Estate Broker

Thanks to everyone who commented when I was choosing a new lens. I bought the  Tamron  SP AF 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5.  It was $499 and came with $80 is rebates. I love the lens & I'm definitely glad to have it.
I've been using it all the way at 10mm for interior shots. When shooting things other than real estate, it's fun to use. Although, it's easy to go too wide. I think that pics of family taken really wide look better when I'm really close.
With a range to 24mm, it's great for most situations. It overlaps my 18-200, so I might think about trading that in for a 70-300.

I put together this post so that you can see some recent shots that were taken with the Tamron 10-24mm http://activerain.com/blogsview/1959729/shots-taken-with-the-tamron-10-24

Nov 09, 2010 02:32 AM #9
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