Tokina’s 11-16mm f2.8 ultra wide lens is an unknown quantity to many people. The small range of lenses that Tokina produce leads many to dismiss the manufacturer as a sub standard third party manufacturer in the same league as Sigma or Tamron. Well that is plain wrong – Tokina make exceptional lenses,, the build quality of which is up there (if not better than) most of the Nikon or Canon lenses.
The 11-16 is a true ultra wide angle lens. Even when mounted on a cropped sensor dslr such as the Canon Rebel XSi the view is really wide, so much so that it can take some getting used to. Simply pointing at the horizon for run of the mill landscape shots tends to yield boring images. Instead to get the most from the wideness you need to either get low to the ground or ensure you have strong elements in the forefront of the frame in order to lead the viewers eye right through your composition. Once you get the hang of this you will be blown away by the results. Continue reading “Tokina 11-16mm Lens Review”