Tokina AF 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX (Canon) - Review / Lens Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Canon EOS (APS-C)
Thursday, 01 May 2008 18:54

Sample Shots

Here're some sample shots taken with the 350D (all converted RAWs via RSE) - all images kindly provided by Daniel Flinkmann. Please note that RSE applies some degree of automatic CA correction. You may notice that Daniel's sample appears to be a little bit softer on the far left side of the image field.

Click on a thumbnail to view the original file (opens in a separate window). Please note that the originals are FULL SIZE samples (=several megabytes) thus requiring a significant amount of bandwidth so please take care of the limited resources here.

Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 11.0mm
Exposure Data: f/8.0 @ 1/500s
Size 640x426
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 14.0mm
Exposure Data: f/2.8 @ 1/50s
Size 640x426
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 11.0mm
Exposure Data: f/8.0 @ 1/400s
Size 640x426
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 13.0mm
Exposure Data: f/4.0 @ 1/100s
Size 640x426
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 16.0mm
Exposure Data: f/4.0 @ 1/640s
Size 640x426
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 16.0mm
Exposure Data: f/9.0 @ 1/320s
Size 640x426
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 12.0mm
Exposure Data: f/8.0 @ 1/320s
Size 640x426
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 16.0mm
Exposure Data: f/9.0 @ 1/320s
Size 640x426

Verdict

The Tokina AF 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX is currently the best ultra-wide angle zoom lens for Canon EOS APS-C DSLRs. The resolution is impressively high throughout the zoom range (albeit a short one) and across the image field. Vignetting is really only a problem at 11mm @ f/2.8 but otherwise the issue is very well controlled. The level of distortions is comparatively low. Typical for most Tokina lenses it has one weakness: lateral CAs which are very high at all settings. The build quality is on a very high level and its a joy to handle the lens out there. All-in-all a very sound package especially when considering the quite affordable price (around 600EUR/US$).

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