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  1. #1
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    Nikkor 17-35 VS 16-35

    Hi all,

    Iím looking for some recommadation from owners who use a Nikkor 17-35mm f2.8 and Nikkor 16-35mm f4.0. Short intro to my question: I shoot lost of real-estate and have been using the 12-24mm. I finally upgraded to a full frame sensor camera and need an equal focal length for my full frame camera. After reading reviews I came to the conclusion that both are great, but I canít find anything about the distortion levels of both lenses. I used many different lenses in the past and donít like wall, cabinets, windows etc. to be bended due to distortion. So the question is, which one will give me the straitest lines?

  2. #2
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    You should post this in the Nikon DSLR forum

  3. #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by TimP View Post
    Hi all,

    Iím looking for some recommadation from owners who use a Nikkor 17-35mm f2.8 and Nikkor 16-35mm f4.0. Short intro to my question: I shoot lost of real-estate and have been using the 12-24mm. I finally upgraded to a full frame sensor camera and need an equal focal length for my full frame camera. After reading reviews I came to the conclusion that both are great, but I canít find anything about the distortion levels of both lenses. I used many different lenses in the past and donít like wall, cabinets, windows etc. to be bended due to distortion. So the question is, which one will give me the straitest lines?
    the answer to your question is that no lens this wide on FX provides distortion free images at their widest end. both of them seem to be up to an acceptable standard by around 20mm.imo the 16-35 is a better fit for you. if you do real estate you need dof and that means VR will come in very, very handy when you're trying to stop down.
    D800e l V3 l AW1 l 16-35 l 35 l 50 l 85 l 105 l EM1 l 7.5 l 12-40 l 14 l 17 l 25 l 45 l 60 l 75
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  4. #4
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    +1 on the suggestion to post in the "Nikon DSLR" forum. This "Nikon" forum is primarily P&S oriented with limited traffic.

    I also shoot a lot of real estate photography - but with a crop body D90 and Sigma 10-20. Have to share this feedback on an MLS listing with you "Photos looked great, but buyers thought the actual home was deceiving, compared with the photos." I didn't do anything altering the home and against MLS rules. Just the standard normally sharp wide angle photos, some contrast/balance adjustment, and straightening the walls, etc. It is more a statement that good photography served it's purpose - got people to not only stop and look in the pre-planning, but to actually go to the property.

    Back to your question...
    The "standard" full frame ultrawide zoom for real estate is the 14-24 which is even wider FOV than your 12-24. Between the 17-35 and the 16-35, the 16-35 is the better match. It will provide a little bit wider FOV than your 12-24, which the 17-35 almost matches, but you don't really need fast glass where stopping down for depth of field is desirable. VR is nice, but after viewing my handheld vs tripod, I almost always use a tripod, and shoot available light. Of course, a tripos is required if stitching panos for visual tours. Occasional multi off camera fill flash, but I find that Capture NX does a great job adjusting specific shadow areas - but not great with perspective control. Minimize perspective issues and post processing work by using grid in viewfinder.

    Here are some examples of on a web site I just created last month. It is still a work in progress at 15 pages, and will be about 150 pages when finished. I took all photos, less my portrait. http://www.orlandonewhomespecialist.com
    Digital: Nikon D40; Nikon D90; Nikon D7000 Nikkor 18-55; Nikkor 55-200VR; Sigma 10-20; Tamron 17-50; SB-600; SB-900; Pocket Wizards
    Film: Canon AE-1; T70; FD 28mm 2.8; FD 50mm 1.8; FD 135mm 3.5
    Wish List: Unlimited! Let's not go there.

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