Third party lenses like the Tokina 16-28mm are increasingly gaining popularity due to their price tags, which are often considerably less than first party brands. The good news is that photographers do not even have to compromise in quality in order to make use of these savings. With this lens, Tokina has proven that it is possible to make a professional quality ultra wide-angle lens without any compromises on cost or quality. While somewhat on the heavy side, which is not unusual for lenses of this type, the Tokina feels extremely durable. About the only weakness I can see is the bulb-shaped front element which not only make the use of filters impossible but can also be damaged if care is not taken. If you plan to use this in conjunction with a tripod, make sure that your setup is sturdy and well balanced to avoid any accidents from happening.
The Tokina 16-28mm is a Great Lens Despite Its Weight
September 16th, 2012 | culinary arts