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Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X 116 PRO DX SD

atx116
Review Date: Dec 11, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: f2.8, quite sharp even wide open
Cons:
CA

I got this lens for shooting indoor events at low light and I'm quite satisfied for its perfomance. It also works for those uw landscapes I take now and then. Pretty sharp even wide open, very sharp corner to corner at f5.6.

 
Nikon D7000

D7000
Review Date: Dec 11, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: IQ at low ISO, low shadow noise aka high DR, build quality for this price range, dual card slots
Cons:
position of iso button, mirror slap in live-view, no live-histogram or exposure simulation in live-view

After 6 months of regular shooting with dual D7000's I must say I'm quite happy about the image quality. RAW files has lots of detail in shadow with minimum noise, so the files can be pushed quite hard in post processing.
Body is pretty high quality and has enough responsiveness for most situations.

Biggest negative issue in D7000 is the live-view; it doesn't have live-histogram or real exposure simulation which can be found in most cameras from other manufacturers. Also the mirror flip-flap when making exposure in live-view can only be seen as a design error. Another thing I really can't understand is that you can't change aperture while in live-view. These should be fixed in future Nikon cameras.

Without the crappy live-view implementation I would have probably rated the camera either 9 or 10.


 
Zeiss 25mm f/2.8 Distagon T*

25mm
Review Date: Aug 3, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: build quality, very nice focusing, long focus throw, sharp wide open, capable of focusing very close
Cons:
price, field curvature, crappy lens cap

I was rather sceptical when I first get the lens since the reviews of it were not very admiring. I also tried the lens earlier but was not impressed. After couple of months of regular shooting with the lens I must say I like it a lot. It's now my go-to lens with a crop camera. Perfect for landscapes, close focus shots and everything between.

The focusing action of the lens is superb, the almost 360 degree focus throw makes the manual focusing very pleasing.

Sharpness is good from f2.8 and gets very high at f5.6.

The field curvature of the lens is not relevant at landscape shots when you focus to infinity, but it might drag the corners out of focus at closer focusing distances so you need to watch out for that.

Close focusing distance from front element to object is just 6cm or so, that helps me achieve some artistic stuff I can't do with other lenses.

For many the price can be too high, with this price you might expect f2 lens. But on the other hand the size of the lens is just perfect with current speed so I would probably not switch to faster version even if zeiss introduces one later.


 
Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 Planar T*

50mm
Review Date: Aug 3, 2011 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: build quality, smooth focusing, very sharp at f5.6 from medium distances to infinity
Cons:
very disapointing at close focusing distances, poor wide open perfomance, focus shift, crappy lens cap

I would not recommend this lens to anyone who is not sure what he is doing, it is capable of superb results in longer distances stopped down but the anemic close and wide open perfomance can be a disapointment for many. Try before you buy.