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I was set on the Nikon 12-24 f/2.8 , but when I saw the Nikon 10-24 F/3.5 things got confusing. Why is the Nikon 12-24 more than double the price of the Nikon 10-24? Isn't 10-24 much better than 12-24? I know the Nikon 12-24 is much faster at f/2.8 is that why it's so so so much more expensive? Or is it because it's a gold ring lens? What are the difference and why are the prices so different?
     
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You have your specs mixed up. The Nikon 12-24 f/4 is a constant f/4 lens, not f/2.8. The lens you linked to is the legendary 14-24 f/2.8, and there's good reason it's so pricey; the IQ of that lens is unmatched for a UWA zoom.

Moreover, the Nikon 10-24 f/3.5-4.5 is not a constant aperture lens as you typed it. It is a variable aperture lens, and hence less expensive. The optical construction of the three lenses also factor a lot in the cost (the 10-24 and 12-24 are DX lenses, which use smaller glass elements).
Edited by GoneTomorrow - 5/27/11 at 11:13am
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also both the 10-24 and the 12-24 are DX lenses while the 14-24 is a FX lens.
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So what will happen if I use an FX lens with a D7000?
     
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So what will happen if I use an FX lens with a D7000?
Nothing. It will work just fine.
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So which do you guy say is best out of all them?
     
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So which do you guy say is best out of all them?
I'd say the 10-24 since it provides the widest angle and best overall range (quite a difference between 10mm and 14mm on APS-C cameras), but the 14-24 wins in the overall IQ dept.

Wait - do you already own the 10-24? Nvm, just noticed your little checklist system.
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I was set on the Nikon 12-24 f/2.8 , but when I saw the Nikon 10-24 F/3.5 things got confusing. Why is the Nikon 12-24 more than double the price of the Nikon 10-24? Isn't 10-24 much better than 12-24? I know the Nikon 12-24 is much faster at f/2.8 is that why it's so so so much more expensive? Or is it because it's a gold ring lens? What are the difference and why are the prices so different?
You might check out the 14-24 F2.8; a lot of pros use that one.
I think the reason for the differences in price is because of better glass resulting in lower distortion (quite prevalent in the wide end). And it's quite a bit harder to design a lens covering the 10-24 range than the 12-24 range. I suspect that's why the pros choose something a bit more practical. Even on an APS-C body you're not losing much going from 10-12.
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wouldnt a 10 24 be the best for panoramic like views?
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12-24mm f4. it is a great range to have for aps-c.

btw you should probably list the full aperture range. for example a 17-35/2.8 constant is way different then a 17-35/2.8-4.

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You might check out the 14-24 F2.8; a lot of pros use that one.
I think the reason for the differences in price is because of better glass resulting in lower distortion (quite prevalent in the wide end). And it's quite a bit harder to design a lens covering the 10-24 range than the 12-24 range. I suspect that's why the pros choose something a bit more practical. Even on an APS-C body you're not losing much going from 10-12.
the 14-24 is used by alot of pros, but thats because its the best UWA for fullframe.

10mm vs 12 vs 14mm is significant difference in terms of POV.


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wouldnt a 10 24 be the best for panoramic like views?
yes and no. yes it will give you the widest shot, but no it wont be best if you actually take multiple pictures then recombine into one since there are distortions.
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