Have been reading this forum for a while now and want to start off by saying thanks to everyone for all of the great info on here. I've definitely learned a lot as a lurker so far...
My current D7000 kit includes a 35/1.8, 70-200, and a Tokina 11-16/2.8 - so far, this has suited me very well in my getting deeper into this hobby over the last 8 months, however I'm stuck with a dilemma that I was hoping to get some input on.
More and more it seems that I end up shooting a lot of offshore fishing tournaments, where I'm obviously very limited as to where I can position myself on the boat to get my shots. I've been using the 35/1.8 which gives great results, but is a little too narrow in the FOV. I love the Tokina for a lot of things, and find that the 16 range is nearly perfect for the field of view that I need, but with this lens there are some distortion concerns that need to be worked with.
With that in mind, I was considering a lower cost lens for these situations such as the 18-70, as this will almost always be used in brightly-lit conditions. While not looking for spectacular artistic shots here - I was hoping to be able to still get decent action shots. For the price difference I think that the 16-85 or Tamron 70-50/2.8 (while no-doubt better lenses) will be overkill for my needs here. At the same time, while the 18-70 seems to get decent reviews, I'm not sure if pairing it to the D7000 would create more visible flaws than with some of the older bodies which this lens was reviewed with.
I'm open to any suggestions at this time, but my main concerns are this:
1 - Am I being pound foolish by trying to get into a lower cost lens like this to do what I'm looking for - or am I correct in thinking that a higher-end lens is overkill for this particular situation.
2 - Are there better alternatives out there that I may not be considering? I'd like to try to stick with a midrange zoom for some added flexibility.
3 - Zoom range aside, am I overlooking the usefulness of the 11-16 for this application? Is the natural distortion of this lens at 16mm correctable enough in pp to eliminate the fisheye effect?
Many thanks in advance to any who can offer advice. Always nice to be able to learn from those with the experience :)