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      11-23-2008, 05:06 PM   #1
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Buying a Wide Angle Lens (Nikon)

So it's my birthday tomorrow and my parents have taken notice of my interest in photography. They're letting me choose a lens for my D60 as a present, and since this morning I have started researching. Within their price range are the following lens:

Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM - $455

Tokina 12-24mm f/4 AT-X Pro DX AF Wide Angle - $457

Here's the situation. After reading several reviews, people have concluded that the...

-has a short warranty
-has short range of f stops
-isn't as well built as the Tokina, physically and mechanically
-has the widest angle offered for digital SLRs
-is bad in low light

-currently doesn't offer auto focus on D40/D40x/D60
-produces sharper images
-competes well with the original Nikon 12-24mm lens
-is built like a tank
-has a long warranty term
-has a newer version being released next year with auto focus for D40/D40x/D60

So now, it's a matter of whether I want auto focus but crappy quality construction from Sigma, or no auto focus with construction equal to or better than the Nikon from Tokina.

I'm so confused!

Are there any other lenses that you would suggest, that have auto focus on a D60 but isn't built out of leaves?

Right now I'm leaning towards the Sigma... Help me out!