By now I´ve had the chance to go out a few times to test my new wide-angle lens, the Tokina AT-X 11-16mm f/2,8 Pro DX II (Nikon). Not too cheap, but to achieve high image quality that is the way to go. One thing that is definitely something I had to get used to is the switch from the Auto focus (AF) to the Manuel Focus (MF). To do this we have to pull the focus ring back a little bit. I have to say I like it, as it´s easy and fast. But unlike the rest of the lens, this mechanism doesn´t appear to be manufactured in the highest quality.
The images it produces together with my Nikon D7100 are great, and the new perspectives are really a gain to my photography. The only thing I noticed so far is, that the Tokina produces a lot of flares. If you have a light source coming from the front, or even from the side in some cases, you will get flares. I still have to try out some night photography with it, as some have even reported to get flares from the shining moon.. Otherwise this lens produces very sharp photos and the range is awesome. The CA´s aren´t notable or if are easily corrected in Lightroom. Regardless the flares, I´ll most probably keep the Tokina and I am looking forward to more shots! I put together a couple of shots I´ve taken with it, I hope you enjoy them!
So now, that you´ve seen some photos, what do you guys think? I have to say I am keen on taking maaany more photos with this lens and get into some night photography quite soon.
I am also using my Tokina underwater- have a look at this article of diving the Hemmoor Lake in Germany or this one about the shark divee in Fiji!
Do you have favorite wide-angle lense or maybe even this one? Let me know about your opinions in the comment section below!
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Tom Vierus is an award-winning photographer, filmmaker, and marine biologist based in Suva, Fiji Islands. This blog is dedicated to his assignments and to sharing some behind-the-scenes footage.