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.
- 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
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.
Below are links that helped me in my decision to purchase this excellent lens!