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

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Review Date: Jun 10, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: 1. Very high-quality build, right there with the best. 2. Very sharp lens; one of the sharpest I have owned in nearly 40 years of photography. 3. Literally, this lens is as exciting to me as my Nikon 300 f2.8 VR. 4. The distortion is fun to work with, especially at close range. 5. DOF is so deep with an ultrawide that I have the freedom to grab shots handheld in most light WITHOUT EVEN USING THE VIEWFINDER OR LIVEVIEW THROUGH THE LCD.
Cons:
Just one: The autofocus motor is just a bit louder than I tolerate without complaining. It should have been quieter.

What else is there to say. I absolutely love this lens. I have had a bunch of lenses in 40 years.....and several pro-quality ones, including 3 different 300 f2.8 Nikkors. After owning and shooting this Tokina for 2 years I can now confidently rate it among the top 2 or 3 lenses I have owned and shot with in those 40 years. That is how good it is. It is among the very best lenses out there....period! And for the money, it is a real bargain. I will tell that if Nikon was selling it the price would be 3X what it is now. No exaggeration.....3X.