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#1 GroovyDad

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Posted 24 September 2016 - 07:43 PM

I'M SO CONFUSED...

 

I've been thinking about getting a wide angle lens for a while now, but the more I research them, the less I know and the more questions I have.

 

Tokina 11-16mm DX

 

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I have a crop sensor Nikon and I really don't want to spend a lot on a full frame DSLR. 

 

I've also heard that the Rokinon 12mm and 14mm lenses are great, but they're totally manual, which might not be a bad thing.  Then, there's the barrel distortion thing to deal with also.

 

Any advice would be greatly appreciated

 


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Posted 24 September 2016 - 09:31 PM

I think this is a great lens, and a good value as well. I liked my copy (a lot), but sold it when I went to full frame. It was replaced with the Tokina 16-28/2.8 FX, and like it as well.

Mr 3Pin is also using the 11-16/2.8.

Here's Thom Hogan's review... http://www.bythom.co...lens_review.htm
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Posted 24 September 2016 - 10:11 PM

Great lens, I really like the speed and clarity of it.  I got originally for my crop body (60D) but can use it my full frame at the 16MM end.

 

Check out the group on Flickr https://www.flickr.c...38028@N25/pool/

 

a startrails shot I did with it at Rock Creek a couple of weeks ago

 

29038527740_a348462735_b.jpgStar Trails Rock Creek by John Russell, on Flickr

 


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Posted 24 September 2016 - 11:35 PM

Mr 3Pin is also using the 11-16/2.8.

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Posted 24 September 2016 - 11:57 PM

BTW, you're going to get some barrel distortion with the Tokina, but the lens correction profile in LR and PS will handle it nicely
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Posted 25 September 2016 - 03:44 AM

Great lens, I really like the speed and clarity of it.  I got originally for my crop body (60D) but can use it my full frame at the 16MM end.

 

Check out the group on Flickr https://www.flickr.c...38028@N25/pool/

 

a startrails shot I did with it at Rock Creek a couple of weeks ago

 

29038527740_a348462735_b.jpgStar Trails Rock Creek by John Russell, on Flickr

 

I checked out the Flickr and the photos are awesome.  I wonder how many of them were taken with a cropped sensor camera vs. a full frame?


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Posted 25 September 2016 - 03:20 PM

I would think the vast majority were on a crop sensor.  The lens is designed for crop sensor cameras (EF-S mount in Cannon speak).  Unlike an actual Canon EF-S lens, it can work on a full frame (EF mount) without damage to the body (the Canon EF-S lens protrude into the body and the mirror on a full frame body will hit it).  I don't know how Nikon and others handle the mount differences


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Posted 25 September 2016 - 03:44 PM

I agree with John, there isn't much advantage to shooting this lens on a full frame body.

 

A bit of an aside, I bumped into a well known photographer at Mesa Verde, and of course got to talking cameras.   He has a number of Nikon bodies, including the D4s, but is going to the D500 Dx body for his wildlife work.   It's his opinion that the D500 is every bit as good as the full blown pro bodies.   Interesting...


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Posted 25 September 2016 - 05:27 PM

I would think the vast majority were on a crop sensor.  The lens is designed for crop sensor cameras (EF-S mount in Cannon speak).  Unlike an actual Canon EF-S lens, it can work on a full frame (EF mount) without damage to the body (the Canon EF-S lens protrude into the body and the mirror on a full frame body will hit it).  I don't know how Nikon and others handle the mount differences

 

 

I agree with John, there isn't much advantage to shooting this lens on a full frame body.

 

A bit of an aside, I bumped into a well known photographer at Mesa Verde, and of course got to talking cameras.   He has a number of Nikon bodies, including the D4s, but is going to the D500 Dx body for his wildlife work.   It's his opinion that the D500 is every bit as good as the full blown pro bodies.   Interesting...

 

Thanks guys, that's very good to know AND encouraging to see what this lens can actually do.  I feel much better about laying out the $$ for this lens after hearing from experienced people like you.  

 

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Posted 28 September 2016 - 06:27 PM

Here are a couple of my favorite research sites. Don't let all the information confuse you but rather use it as a guide. I shoot a Canon 70D with a Canon 70-200 f4 L IS. It doesn't get the best scores bit it takes great photos. My camera being a crop sensor does not score well compared to full frame bodies but I understand that.

 

 

https://www.dxomark.com

 

https://www.dpreview.com


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