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Praise for the Tokina 11-16mm

Let me tell you a little bit about the Tokina 11-16mm.

I’ve had a couple of wide-angle lenses in my time as a photographer, and all of them had some big issues.

I owned the Nikon 18-55mm lens (not the VR version), the Nikon 24mm, the Nikon 16-85mm, and probably tested some more. The most prevailing mankos with theses lenses were the distortion in the corners and that, very often, you couldn’t even get sharpness in the middle of the image.

The Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X is different. The images are very sharp in most areas, and the distortion in the corners are minimal. And there are no hotspots. There are flares, if you shoot directly at the sun, but I think that’s quite normal with wide-angle lenses.

And the infrared sensitivity is as good as it gets.

Check out the photograph that I took some weeks ago. It shows an annex of the castle in Thun. I’ve enlarged two sections, one from the middle area of the photo, the other from the upper left corner. You’ll see: They are very sharp.

Tokina 11-16mm

Tokina 11-16mm

Tokina 11-16mm

I can really recommend this lens, especially to IR shooters. It’s by far the best wide-angle lens I’ve ever used and tested. But keep in mind: This is only a very good option for Nikon DX shooters. If you work with full-frame cameras, there are more suitable lenses available.

Check out the awesome review by Ken Rockwell (link) for in-depht information about the Tokina 11-16mm. Check out Ebay for good offers (link).

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