Tokina 11-16mm Lens Review

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”

The Magic Lens – Canon 50mm F1.8 Lens Review

First off I would like to say that this is one of the most under rated lenses in the whole market. In this article I will try and inform you why I have formed this opinion.

Many people feel slightly underwhelmed with the results they get when they start shooting with their first digital slr camera. Their are two main mistakes that people make when moving from compact cameras to SLRs. The first is that they use the automatic or preset modes within the camera while shooting. In my eyes this is like buying a Ferarri and never getting out of first gear. To unleash the power of a SLR camera you need to start learning about how to use some of the semi manual or manual modes.

The second mistake is that people fail to appreciate how important lenses are on a camera. In the world of compact digital cameras marketing efforts seem to be based about the number of mega pixels a camera boasts. Large numbers of pixels will only give you a large image, not necessarily a sharp one. The lens on any camera is the most important part and the one that truly defines the image quality the camera produces. One downside is that most great lenses cost many hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. Continue reading “The Magic Lens – Canon 50mm F1.8 Lens Review”