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Old Feb 11, 2011, 12:42 PM   #1
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Default Tokina 11-16 vs Canon 10-22

Opinions? I've been reading lots of reviews and comparisons and I can't decide.
Can we expect a new lens in this wide angle category?
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Old Feb 11, 2011, 7:08 PM   #2
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The problem you can't decide is they are both excellent lenses and you can't go wrong either way...

The Tokina is practically a prime because of it's narrow range and faster aperture while the Canon is a wider zoom with an ultrasonic drive.
Just weight theses two differentiating features and see which ones are more important to you...

-> Your choice might be limited to just the Canon though as the Tokina is always out of stock so this should facilitate your decision
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I'm real happy with the Canon 10-22mm lens. The longer focal length is nice to have as you don't change lenses as often.
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Old Feb 12, 2011, 4:55 AM   #4
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Thanks both.
NHL: It happens that I have a niece in Germany these days and she could bring me the Tokina. There's a price difference with USA or China, but nothing compared with our 50% charge on duties. Tough decision.
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... The longer focal length is nice to have as you don't change lenses as often.
While true in practice this is not as useful as I've found:
IMO the Canon may have an advantage because of its extra 10mm, but I wouldn't count the 16-22mm range as an advantage. Most standard zooms go down to 18mm already (Tokina has an excellent but also rare 16-50mm f/2.8) which are kept on the camera most of the time for general purposes...

Once you have decided to put on a superwide, it's to make use of its distorting characteristic, so one usually would go below 16mm anyhow to emphasize this effect. If you needed the 16mm FOV or above you would not have changed from a standard zoom anyway.
-> While true for landscape that one would need to stop down a lens to maximize its DOF, an 11mm lens however can keep anything in focus from 4ft to infinity @ f/2.8 so one should also keep this in mind for that dawn, sunset... or indoor shots

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Old Feb 12, 2011, 9:01 AM   #6
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I rented the 10-22 a few times before deciding on the Tokina and, while I enjoyed the Canon and it took great shots, I found the Tokina to be sharper at the wider end. I also didn't use the high end of the Canon very much. I was lucky enough to order the Tokina when it was in stock and I've been thrilled with it's performance. I travel with it and the newer Canon 15-85mm and find these two to be great complements.
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That's exactly my set up: 15-85 and a 85 mm / f1.8. I guess it will be the Tokina...
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A buddy has the Tokina 11-16, for his Canon 7D. Wonderful lens, wonderful pictures. He's very exacting in his expectations.
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The 11-16 Tokina is an excellent choice, but if you want a bit more range, 2x vs 1.5x, the Tokina 12-24 is also an excellent piece of glass. Not a 2.8 like the 11-16, but IMHO every bit as good optically.
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The 11-16 Tokina is an excellent choice, but if you want a bit more range, 2x vs 1.5x, the Tokina 12-24 is also an excellent piece of glass. Not a 2.8 like the 11-16, but IMHO every bit as good optically.

I've got the Pentax 12-24, F 4...which I think is the same as the Tokina 12-24.

My understanding is that Pentax and Tokina have some kind of arrangement regarding lens design. Possibly someone can confirm, one way or the other.

Anyways...my 12-24 is IMO, a fabulous lens. I have two DSLR bodies and about 6 lenses...but the 12-24 has been just about permanently fixed to one of my camera bodies since I bought the 12-24 in May , 2010.
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