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

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Review Date: Jun 25, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $495.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: One of the few W/A for DX. Excellent wide open. The f/2.8 is very useful in dim places where a f/4 simply won't cut it.
Cons:
Minimal distortion (still there but small). Somewhat weak work against light, not bad but can see it.

Great for places where you can get a great foreground, middle and background elements or cannot back up enough.

Optics are great as is the build, its a tank.

The short zoom can be an issue but only time its been a concern is when I need to switch lenses to take a portrait.

The lens is sharp at 11mm f/2.8 to 16 f/2.8 but resolution peaks about f/4 to f/5.6. My copy is not soft at f/2.8.

There is barrel distortion at the wide end, but is mostly fixable. However be aware some remains. No issues in places like the Colosseum in Rome, or of a lighthouse. Photograph of a door will leave the picture somewhat distorted, note that you have to look for it.

Its my go to lens in European cities and places where I choose to fill the frame. Have shot everything from Rockefeller center, the Colosseum, Cinderellas castle in Disney, to Trajans column. Detail and rendition are stunning. It is a lens that I am keeping in my DX arsenal.