Last Feb., I bought a Nikon D80 kit with the 18-135mm f/3.5-5 and the Nikon 55-200mm VR f/4-5.6 lenses. I'm having a problem trying to decide which wide angle lens to get for my D80, or if I should even get one at all.
In March, I am planning a family trip for Spring break to Durango CO (Mesa Verde/Siverton/Ourey) and Moab UT (Arches/Canyonlands nat. parks). Then in April, a friend and I are going take a 3 day photo safari to Big Bend nat. park.
Would a wide angle lens give me anything I don't already have in my arsenal? I'm going to use the lens primarily for landscapes/cityscapes, nature photography, fireworks displays, etc. Maybe some indoor architecture photos (old churches, buildings, etc.) as well.
I'm bouncing back and forth between the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 and the Tokina 12-24mm f/4. The Nikon 12-24mm DX f/4, which is preferred, is just out of my budget. I've read a lot of good things about the Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5-5.6, but everybody says it has a cheap feel, and that it doesn't like filters very well. I want a lens that is solid, that can stand up to hiking trails and the usual outdoor punishment.
Every review I've read on the Tokina lenses says that they are great, but some have issues with chromatic abberation (CA). They also say this can be "easily" fixed in Photoshop. How big a deal is CA?
Thanks for the input.