Tokina 11-16 or Sigma 10-20?

Started Oct 19, 2012 | Questions thread
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heavenscanwait New Member • Posts: 12
Re: Tokina 11-16 or Sigma 10-20?

motobloat wrote:

I wrote this in a previous thread about wide angles, but it's good stuff (of course it is, I wrote it haha!). The short answer is: you have to define your priorities before you decide, because they are all different and all have different pros and cons.

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Indeed, they are all different. Depends on what your priorities are. I wanted a good all-arounder that didn't make too many big compromises, and went to 10mm (so after some debate I excluded the Tokina 12-24 and Nikon 12-24 lenses). I also wanted to use regular filters (so that excluded the Sigma 8-16). I also really wanted a constant aperture lens, but it wasn't a must-have.

I finally settled on the Sigma 10-20 f/3.5 and I'm happy with it. As Roger Cicala wrote in his wide-angle DX roundup, the "Sigma 10-20 f/3.5 has a bit more distortion than the others but delivers very nice images and is also built well. It does everything well." Sort of a jack of all trades lens - no major problems, but no big wins in any category either.

The Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 was a close second due to it's large aperture, but I didn't like the short range (only 5mm), the lack of a 10mm position and the very high CAs. I also have a D3200 as a backup and I wouldn't have had AF on that camera if I bought the old version (the new version that just came out has an in-lens focus motor, so it will autofocus with all Nikon DLSRs). The Tokina 12-24 f/4 also was a close runner up, but I decided that I really wanted something wider, even if it meant losing the 24mm position.

These were my notes on looking at the different wide angle lenses I considered:

Other random notes:

I'm in a similar dilemma, albiet in 2016.

Now that the tokina has 11-20 mm F2.8, which one would you prefer, Tokina 11-20 or Sigma 10-20 F3.5  (I've checked the prices and these are not worlds apart).

Regards, Zahid

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