Friday, January 7th 2011
Tuesday evening I ordered a new wide angle lens to replace the Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 I’m selling. For quite some time I’ve had my eyes on the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8, or the Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX as it is officially called for some obscure reason.
I’m excited about the better low-light abilities it should give. It is also pin sharp throughout the zoom range while the Sigma only was at its best at 10mm. So it should make for a better compliment to my 17-55mm.
Having 16mm @ f/2.8 instead of ~f/5.0 is a pretty big difference when shooting indoors. Also, with an f/2.8 aperture you can get a nice tree-dimensional feeling and out-of-focus background, even at wide angles.
I finally ordered it from Dzone2 in Hong Kong on Ebay, for the reasonable price of $650 including shipping. After conversion to SEK it ended up about 35% cheaper than buying it online from a Swedish place.
Three cheers for the plummeting dollar!