I am looking at a wide angle Nikkor lens for my D5100. I often use a 16-85mm lens but would like to go a bit wider. I was looking at the Nikon 12-24mm f/4 AF-S DX or the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 AF-S or potentially even the Nikon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G
I know they all have heavy price tags so I was thinking of either renting or buying used. I primarily would like to use the lens for two upcoming trips for shooting wide landscapes in the Lofoten islands and for shooting ancient architecture in Uzbekistan.
Can anyone comment on what might be the best option for me? Which lens offers the best quality, most importantly the least distortion but also least vignetting and flare etc? for the 14-24, is the extra 2mm compared to my current lens even noticeable? I use cokin p series ND grad filters, with a wide angle single filter holder, could that still work at the widest angles? I will need to upgrade to Lee filters soon but not sure if my budget allows all of this before the trips.
Sorry if any of the questions are ignorant, I'm just a photography enthusiast
Thanks in advance for any advice