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| p.1 #13 · Tokina 17mm f/3.5 ATX-Pro versus Nikon 20mm f/2.8 AF-D versus CV 20/3.5 SLII versus... |
I purchased John's Tokina 17mm f/3.5 a while back. I agree with all of the comments John made and actually quite liked the lens on my D700. I sold it, however, because for my specific long exposure purposes (nighttime HDR), the lens exhibited a nasty tendency to show reflections off the different optical elements (at least I think that's what it was). I've used a number of different of wide angle lenses for my night HDR stuff and have never seen another lens exhibit this behavior.
For normal shooting the lens was very nice, super solid and well built. As stated, I quite liked the lens, but just couldn't hang with it for my work.
I just dug through my files for an example and found one - pay attention to the upper left and right corners. Also, note that given the problems with the lens I didn't bother to do any distorsion correction, noise reduction, etc. on this image beyond the initial image aggregation for HDR.
The second image is obviously taken under different conditions, but would have (and did) cause similar issues with the Tokina 17mm. In this case the image(s) was taken with the Nikon 16-35mm f/4 and I had no lens issues whatsoever.
BTW, the exposure shown in the EXIF for both images is wrong.
NIKON D700 17 mm f/11.0 8 sec 200 ISO
NIKON D700 21 mm f/11.0 15 sec 200 ISO