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Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX Digital Zoom Lens (for Canon EOS Cameras)
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- maximum aperture: F/2.8
- Minimum aperture: F/22
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|Item Dimensions||5.91 x 5.91 x 7.87 inches|
|Item Weight||1.23 pounds|
|Maximum Focal Length||16 mm|
|Minimum Focal Length||11 mm|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||77 mm|
|Real Angle Of View||104 Degrees|
|Shipping Weight||1.9 pounds|
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-Sharpness goes to the Tokina hands down. While wide open @ 2.8 it might be about equal by the time the Tokina is stopped down to the 3.5 that the Canon is wide open there is no comparison.
-Zoom Range obviously goes to Canon. Much more usable here than the limited almost fixed focal length Tokina. Actually you might even say that the Tokina is close to a prime. Also I liked that extra 1mm on the wide end (it is very noticeable). Myself I don't mind the limited zoom as I'm always on the wide side and don't even use the 16mm.
-Build Quality again this belongs to the Tokina as it is built like a tank as are most of the pro grade Tokinas. Canon's build quality good for this consumer designed lens but is not up to their L (pro) standards.
-CAs Chromatic Aberrations or purple fringing If you are shooting into high contrast scenes (a bridge against a sky background) this is a real problem for both lenses but the Canon is MUCH better here. This is becoming less important as PhotoShop is able to remove it effectively.
-Lack of barrel distortion goes again to the Tokina which is very slight, especially for a ultra wide zoom. It is much better corrected than the Canon.
-Focus Speed Canon with their USM is fastest but not by much. However, the Canon is quieter too. I do like the clutch system of the Tokina once I got used to it. For manual focus (and I use that a lot) the Tokina is well damped, smooth and usable something that can't be said for the Canon.
-Flare Bad in both lenses but here Canon is better as well. Contra light is a demon in both lenses and care should be taken to always use the hood.Read more ›
The build quality of the Tokina is far and away better than the popular Canon EF-S 10-20mm f/3.5-4.5 lens. More metal less plastic, so it just feels like a better product out of the box. It's built more like my Canon L lenses.
The Tokina comes with the lens hood (the Canon 10-22mm does not but ironically costs more).
This lens works very well for indoor or other low light photography (sunrise/sunset). It has great contrast. I used this lens on a Canon 400D/XTi and got I felt were excellent results (I'm talking not about my skill as a photographer rather the ability of the lens to deliver consistent crystal clear and richly colored images :).
Images taken with this lens are sharp as a tack (I uploaded one however the Amazon image processing degraded it significantly).
Some possible downsides:
The zoom range is smaller that the 10-22mm lenses but I don't feel that it was a problem. I value the 2.8 f-stop over the zoom range.
The lens is a heavier than the Canon 10-22mm. I personally do not have an issue with this even when packing it into the back country but it's something to be aware of.
Also, this lens is designed specifically for 1.6 crop factor cameras (XTi/400D/40D/etc) so if you end up buying a full frame body you'll need to replace this lens.
Bottom line: I recommend this lens.
The f/2.8 at all fl was nice for the darker interiors of buildings on my Canon 30D. Lens construction seems solid without any focusing issues.
New to wide lenses, flare caught me a couple of times, I'll remember to watch for it more often, I know it's common with these wide lenses.
I have posted four customer images above of Florence, a bath house in Pompeii, St Peters in Rome and a narrow street in Sorrento.
Update May 2009
Our photography group traveled to Antelope Canyon Arizona and this lens still impresses. Using a monopod for the visit there was counter to most others along using tripods. The guided tours at Upper Antelope permitted us only 3 minutes to get the shot before moving on. Although I had to use an ISO of 800 on the Canon 30D for most of the visit, the images were sharp corner to corner. DOF with this wide lens is huge so I used manual focus set on infinity and didn't worry about AF in the dim environment. I set aperture priority to f2.8 for the dark shots as most of them were. An outstanding lens.Read more ›
First of all this lens is solid. It just feels like a well built lens. If you pick up the canon 10-22mm after holding this lens you will be left with the impression that the canon brand lens is cheap plastic. It does have a small range but almost works like a prime. I find myself using 11mm almost exclusively. Lens quality is excellent and it works great on a 1.6x (rebel xt). An interesting quirk is the focus ring. To change to manual focus you pull the focus ring towards you (this takes a few times to get used to, but is a much easier and faster way to change). I see they have drastically reduced the price of the canon 10-22mm since this lens came out, but this is still a fair amount cheaper for a much better built lens. The only reason I could see getting the 10-22mm at this point is that it has a larger range. The whole point of a wide angle lens is to take wider pictures. So you really are comparing a 10mm to a 11mm lens. Factor in price and build quality and this will not disappoint you.
lower f-stop than 10-22mm
comes with hood (add $30 to canon for this)
price compared to 10-22mm
lens quality is fantastic
not designed to work with full frame cameras (made for 1.6 factor cameras)
less range than 10-22mm
can't use built in flash on rebel xt because it causes a shadow
Bottom line - This is a better quality lens for less money than its Canon counterpart.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amazing lens with 11-16mm being perfect for live music or scenery.
Perfectly clear in day or night!
my new favorite lens to shoot with. I am a professional... I am using this to shoot video on a 7D mostly ... This lens is magic. <3Published 4 months ago by The Danger Doll
I used this lens on a recent trip to the canyon lands of Arizona, Utah, and Nevada. It produced amazing results. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Rob Bixby
I bought this lens two years ago and took many many pictures. For the price you are paying, this lens is a great value. The pictures are extremely sharp, very surprised. Read morePublished 6 months ago by L. Tan
I bought this product about 8 months ago, I've used it for about 7 jobs, never dropped it and I keep all my lenses very protected in their bag. Read morePublished 10 months ago by monica
This lens is amazing! I bought it for landscape and indoor photography, but it's become my walkabout lens too.Published 10 months ago by Dutch Cat
Tack sharp images, great for wide angle landscape shots, and the 2.8 aperture is excellent for low light scenes....what's not to love?Published 11 months ago by E Doran