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New Lens! Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 ATX PRO

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Nikon D90 + Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 at 13mm f/5.6, ISO 200, 1/125 Second

Nikon D90 + Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 at 13mm f/5.6, ISO 200, 1/125 Second

Panasonic Lumix LX3, 5.1mm f/2.0, ISO 320 1/30 Second

Panasonic Lumix LX3, 5.1mm f/2.0, ISO 320 1/30 Second

Well, after wanting an ultra wide angle zoom lens for months and months, I finally bought one today. I’ve been scouring around trying to find the sold-out-everywhere Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 ATX PRO DX lens for some time now, and until today was considering just going for the highly praised 12-24 f/4 from Tokina as it is readily stocked by many dealers. I’ve been checking back at places like B&H every morning for a few weeks (that’s how I was able to snag my hard to get AFS 35mm 1.8G), with no success in finding the 11-16 in stock. This afternoon I did a search for Tokina dealers in the San Francisco bay area, and found that there’s only ONE in San Francisco. Not expecting much, I called and asked if they had any 11-16′s, and WHAT!? One Nikon mount left!

Nikon D90 + Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 at 11mm f/11, ISO640, 1/60 Second (cropped slightly to straighten)

Nikon D90 + Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 at 11mm f/11, ISO640, 1/60 Second (cropped slightly to straighten)

I rushed over and picked it up without hesitation. While I was there the guy at the shop (really cool staff there) let me try a bunch of lenses while he rang up the bill. I tried the Tokina 12-24,  and while I liked that it extends out to 24mm, I was more swayed by the 1mm extra on the wide end of the 11-16 AND the 2.8 constant aperture, despite it’s very limited zoom range. I tried the very interesting (and very new) Tokina 16.5-135mm lens, as well as Nikon’s highly regarded consumer lens, the 16-85mm 3.5-5.6 VR, which I found of similar to size to the 18-70 I used to use on my D70, but it felt much heavier! I really liked the 16-85mm’s range and the fact that it has built in VR, and I may want to pick that lens up for travel when more money comes in.

But back to the important lens! My wife and I (and doggie) strolled around downtown after leaving the shop and I got to snap off a few shots before the sun went down (I really wanted to get some sunset and dusk shots but we hadn’t eaten dinner!). Initial impression is veeery favorable. I am absolutely floored at the sharpness of this Tokina, even at its widest aperture. The build quality is outstanding as well, and overall I am really excited about putting this thing to use. I’m going to bed with a huge grin on my face! More shooting tomorrow!

Financial District

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San Francisco Financial District, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3, ISO 80, 5.1mm f/5.6 1/500 Second

San Francisco Financial District, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3, ISO 80, 5.1mm f/5.6 1/500 Second

San Francisco Finacial District, Panasonic DMC-LX3 ISO80, 5.1mm f/8.0, 1/200 Second

San Francisco Finacial District, Panasonic DMC-LX3 ISO80, 5.1mm f/8.0, 1/200 Second

San Francisco Financial District, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 ISO 400 5.1mm f/5.6, 1/400 Second

San Francisco Financial District, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 ISO 400 5.1mm f/5.6, 1/400 Second

San Francisco Financial District, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 ISO 125, 5.1mm f/5.6 1/400 Second

San Francisco Financial District, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 ISO 125, 5.1mm f/5.6 1/400 Second

Spent a lot of time in the Financial District of San Francisco this weekend working on a project. I make it a habit to keep my Lumix Lx3 at my side when I can’t bring my dSLR with me. I enjoyed shooting in the streets this weekend as I moved from one work place to the other several times throughout the day.

Written by Jonathan

August 3, 2009 at 6:42 am