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    [Testing a lens] Tokina 11-16m f/2.8

    One of my favorite lenses is the Tokina 11-16mm.... from the very first time I attached it to my camera, it quickly became the most used lens. I just simply love it and will probably never regret adding it to my lens-line-up.

    Before I open this thread with some images, I would first like to remind all our readers of a few other lens-test-threads on this forum:

    [Testing a lens] Canon FISHEYE LENS EF 15mm 1:2,8

    [Testing a lens] Canon MACRO EF100mm 1:2.8

    [Testing a lens] Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 MACRO

    Should you also have one of these lenses, or any other lenses you would like to add your test shots from, please feel more than welcome to add them in the appropriate thread or create a new thread for another lens in your own line-up.
    With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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  • #2
    Thank you for all the test photos. I am still "wandering around" on my lens decision. I returned the 11-16 I ordered and ever since I've been wondering if I made the correct decision. The lens performed well but I'm not sure I'm a prime lens kind of person, and with a range of 11-16 I don't consider it a real zoom. I went to Connecticut and the Mohegan Sun casino with my 24-105 and inside the buildings I could not get that feeling of a large space with my lens at 24. I really don't think I need the f2.8 but it is really hard to make any space seem large with 24mm on a 1.6 body.
    Last edited by pilotdane; June 16th, 2010, 01:13.

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    • #3
      I will post some images as time passes, I just have one too many balls in the air (as usual.... ).
      With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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      • #4
        Oh, I did not know you juggled.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by pilotdane View Post
          Oh, I did not know you juggled.
          Mostly, things fall into my head when juggling...
          With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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          • #6
            Have had some really big problems with this lens lately: the focus is just not there.

            This morning, I went to town to the only reasonable photo store here, japanphoto, and asked the sales man: he did not know much sadly, but he stated that the lens does not pass focus test. At least we agreed on that.

            I then went home, and set up a small test rig in the kitchen. After a couple of hours testing, I micro adjusted the lens to +7, and I might have managed to correct the focusing problem.

            Time will tell when and if this was sufficient and whether I will be happy with the lens.
            With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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            • #7
              May I ask, Dane, what kind of wideangle lens do you have?
              With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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              • #8
                My widest right now is the Canon EF-S 17-55 f2.8. Almost all my photos from Amsterdam were taken with that lens. I bought the lens refurbished and so far it has performed very well.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by pilotdane View Post
                  My widest right now is the Canon EF-S 17-55 f2.8. Almost all my photos from Amsterdam were taken with that lens. I bought the lens refurbished and so far it has performed very well.
                  Thanks Dane for your quick reply!

                  I will go google it... may I ask, what do you mean by "refurbished"?
                  With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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                  • #10
                    It was not "new", I was not the first owner. Someone bought the lens new and returned it for some reason. It was repaired by Canon and cannot be sold as totally new.

                    It can be a tough decision and one I thought about a long time. One thought is that new is coming off an assembly line and probably got minimal human attention and refurbished lenses get a human touch, repairing and inspecting the lens. When I got my lens I could not tell it was not new except that the box said "refurbished" and it was several hundred dollars less expensive. So far I have used it on hot sandy beaches, humid rainy days, cold snowy weather and beat a mugger over the head with it and it continues to function properly.

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                    • #11
                      Thank you so much for taking the time to make me learn something new today also.

                      Refurbished sounds a way lot better after having read your thoughts.
                      With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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