I have been using the Canon EF 17-40L wide-angle zoom for a very long time. And as inevitable he perceived his "dispassion" when creating a picture. But when I saw examples of shots taken with the Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f / 2.8 Pro FX, there was almost no doubt - I needed to change the lens ...
Already the first shots showed that I was not mistaken in my decision. Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f / 2.8 Pro FX surprisingly plastic in its drawing. At the same time, it is very sharp (not inferior to Canon) and rich in colors. Comparing the color gamut with such a fix as the Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art, I can note that Tokina's colors are perhaps a little heavier. But, nevertheless, the lens conveys the atmosphere of any landscape perfectly.
Many people write that the Tokina's zoom ring rotates a little bit. But what is there to be delicate about - it is just tight! The sound of focusing is also annoying at first. I took the lens off my hands and when I heard how it focuses, at first I thought that I got a copy after repair ...
Hood at lens symbolic. But I can immediately note that the inevitable glare is quite naturally built into the frame. Moreover, sometimes they do not want to be deleted - they so organically complement the atmosphere of the shooting. True, once during a shoot in a warehouse (with point light sources), glare played around each lamp - and then I had to delete the entire rainbow with a stamp during post-processing. In addition, when shooting in an office space (again with a spotlight), noticeable light stripes stretched down from some lamps that hit the periphery of the frame.
Chromatic aberration on my specimen is quite noticeable - especially for the purple lines at the border of the contrasting areas.
The weight of the lens doesn't bother me too much - for the sake of a good picture, I'm ready to drag it kilometers into the mountains. Much more worried about the convex front lens when shooting in bad weather or near a fountain - it is little protected from external influences.
The bokeh of the lens is very pleasant, harmonious, calm. If you take this lens with you to nature, then, in addition to the landscape, you can always beautifully shoot close-ups of bushes and trees.
The distortion of the lens is poorly expressed, moreover, its manifestation is again “artistic” and is not perceived as an annoying distortion of lines near the edges of the frame.
All in all, I definitely recommend the Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f / 2.8 Pro FX for purchase - it is a great creative tool with excellent optical performance. Just remember that the installation of filters on the lens is impossible in any way.
Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f / 2.8 Pro FX sample photo
- Author: Krasnoyarsk photographer Artur Mikhanev
- Photographer, consultant, teacher, candidate of historical sciences
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