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First day with the Tokina 11-16mm ƒ/2.8 and review round-up

After a day of using the Tokina 11-16mm ƒ/2.8, let me describe the lens in one word: WOW! It focuses quickly and accurately. I'm happy with the images I got.. I didn't have high expectations about its sharpness at ƒ/2.8 as comments have been hit and miss (depending on the sample). Read on for my pros and cons in my limited use of it so far. Pros:
  • The wide angle means you can get photos in really tight spaces, which is great for indoor photography and the ƒ/2.8 constant aperture helps since most indoor locations are poorly lit
  • Rectilinear lens properties means straight lines remain straight
  • Gives you points of view you normally wouldn't imagine
  • Great for architectural images and landscapes
  • Should be pretty good for automotive photography as well, lets you accentuate different parts of a car
  • Can get you interesting portraits due to the distortion the lens produces (see pic of my son below)
  • Solid build quality
  • Center sharp at ƒ/2.8!
  • Limited zoom which, depending on the situation may mean switching lenses/cameras often or moving around with your feet more (not necessarily a negative)
  • Bulbous front lens element makes me worry that I may hit it accidentally
  • Care must be taken with portraits so as not to create an unflattering look of the subject
Sample images: Take a look at some of the images I took over the weekend using the Tokina. The images were not sharpened or corrected in any way apart from some contrast and white balance adjustments.

Review round-up: Below are links that helped me in my decision to purchase this excellent lens!

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  1. Justin


    Thanks for including my review in your links. I enjoyed your insight and images.

    Take care!


    1. blog.stillworx.com

      Hi Justin,

      You’re welcome. I really liked the way you processed the images that accompanied your review!


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