Tokina 11-16 a bit dissapointed - see for youself

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Tokina 11-16 a bit dissapointed - see for youself
Mar 16, 2009

I just got the Tokina 11-16. I hope I got a dud because I'm not all that impressed so far.

It's my first venture in UWA so maybe it's my expectations that are unrealistic. But here's what I found: F2.8 across the zoom range is borderline usable IMO. I see regular improvement till F4. Still some improvement going to F5.6 but more subtle.

I can't compare 11 mm to any other lens I have. But at 16mm, I can compare it to my Tamron 17-50 F2.8. And so I did. The Tokina reached maximum sharpness at F6.3. The Tamron is much sharper at F2.8 @17mm. The test I ran was done outside, no tripod, speeds of 1/1000 and faster, multiple pictures, consistent results, so I don't see how this could not be lens related.

I don't know if the samples on the Web will show the difference but on my screen, I can immediately tell which lens is which by the sharpness.

On a side note 11m is cool.

I got it locally and I have a week to return it. Is it my copy or is it what I should expect? All these are cropped not 100% but close.

Tokina 11-16@16mm F2.8 1/5000

Tokina 11-16@16mm F6.3 1/1000

Tamron 17-50@17mm F2.8 1/5000

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