Unboxing Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8

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Here’s a lens that I’d never think I’d add to my arsenal: Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8. This is a wide-angle lens, which is the only thing capable of doing a very specific job when you need it. Recently I’ve been on jobs and projects in which 24mm from my 24-70mm/2.8 wasn’t wide enough. With upcoming assignments approaching where the up close wide-angle shot (that barely misses being distorted and fisheye-ish) I decided to pick up the Tokina.

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Lens Specifications

Focal length 16 – 28mm
Maximum aperture f/2.8
Minimum aperture f/22
Lens construction 15 Elements in 13 Groups
Closest focusing distance 0.9 ft (0.28 m)
Maximum reproduction ratio 1:5.26
# of diaphragm blades 9
Filter size n/a
Dimensions Approx. 88.9 x 135.3 mm (3.5 x 5.2 in).
Weight 2.1 lbs (950g)
Supplied accessories Front/Rear Lens Cap

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So why did I chose to go with a third-party company over Nikon?

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Price point! For a lens with such a particular use I couldn’t bring myself to drop $2k on a lens. Tokina offers a competitive lens for full frame sensors and has a fixed aperture. Sigma also offers a lens with a similar focal range, has a varying aperture (see Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 EX DG.) Here are some initial shots from Tokina 16-28/2.8 (there’s also a Canon version!)

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It’s a pretty sharp lens too! Probably would be sharper in the image above if I wasn’t shoot at such a low shutter speed.

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