Tokina 11-20mm f/2.8 Review

I want to do a quick bit on the above referenced. As some of my followers may have noticed, I’ve ventured into shooting wide angle the past month or so. Options are endless when it comes to shooting this lens. The depth of field is phenomenal, honestly. You can get this lens within inches of your subject and still capture an entire room, or background of your choosing.

First impressions: damn this is a big lens. I first mounted this beast on a Nikon D5300, which has a smaller frame and crop sensor. When the camera sat flat on a desk, the lens tilted the body forward towards the lens cap. The lens hood is petite, providing enough light-flare protection for the wide angle of view. The internal autofocus is very sharp; you can hear the motor working with every half-click of the trigger.

Tokina upgraded the 11-16mm to this workhorse 11-20mm. The image quality is nothing to second guess. Below is a RAW image I shot:

Below is a post-edit of the same image:

Step one with framing your shot and making the most of this lens is understanding the level plane relative to your distance from the ground. For instance, if I’m standing up straight with the lens to my eye and are pointing the camera straight forward: that would be the level plane. If I were to tilt the camera up slightly, distorting the level plane: my subjects within the frame will all begin to elongate and group towards the middle of the frame. When the camera’s tilted down: the image seems to compress and tighten together, again towards the middle of the frame.

Here’s a few examples for you to enjoy. This lens is a 10/10 in my book and I would DEFINITELY recommend to anyone wanting to shoot wide angle. If you have any questions about the lens, comment below and I’ll do my best to answer. When you’re out there giving this a shot don’t forget… it’s a process.



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