Tokina 12-24 f4

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by EdMac, Aug 9, 2005.

  1. I just pushed the send button to order the Tokina 12-24 f4 lens. From what I have read, people seem to be happy with it. Of course, since i just ordered it the opinions have all probably changed. I would be interested in hearing the pros and cons of this lens. It is ordered from B&H, so I guess it would be easy to return. I am looking forward to your comments. :) 
     
  2. HI EdMac,

    I got mine from B&H as well and I'm happy with it.

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  3. Sample

    Hi,
    Thanks for the info. Did you do much post processing on the sample picture? It looks pretty good. I should have mine by Friday. :) 
     
  4. Not much PP.

    Just a slight USM.

    Some of my pics exhibited some CA (not very noticeable unless you view it at 200% or higher) but if you shoot raw, Nikon Capture handles it very well.
     
  5. CA

    Thanks for your response. IT looks like I should be happy with the lens. It is certainlya lot cheaper than the Nikon. The purle fringing used to be a problem with the old Coolpix cameras, and I usually was able to handle that. Also, I have NC and Photoshop CS2 which both have tools to handle CA. I am looking forward to getting my hands on the 12-24. :) 
     
  6. allen_a_george

    allen_a_george

    59
    Apr 30, 2005
    Waterloo
    Sarhento - weren't you worried that you might receive a defective copy?

    I'd love to have a wide-angle like the 12-24, but there aren't any Tokina dealers in Canada where I can actually try out the lens
     
  7. The thought crossed my mind, but because I have purchased quite a few gadgets from B&H I felt that I was dealing with a reputable dealer and I could return/exchange it if I received a deffective copy. Everything I purchased from them has been a keeper (guess I am lucky) :lol:

    Also, I have been quite impressed with the quality of Tokina as I previously purchased a used 28-70f/2.8
     
  8. d70john

    d70john Guest

    allen if you want to try this lens just let me know as i have one to,i think it was popular photography that said this lens is better than the nikon 12-24 plus half the price
     
  9. d70john

    d70john Guest

    sarhento how does the tokina 28-70 compare to the nikon 28-70, just curious other than being alot cheaper
     
  10. dbirdsong

    dbirdsong Guest

    I bought mine at a local store back in the spring and never regretted it once.
    Great lens, worth every penny I spent for it.

    Dave
     
  11. Hi Dave,

    Thanks for the recommendation. I am now sitting here waiting for the brown truck. It always seems to be a long time between order and delivery lol :) 
     
  12. allen_a_george

    allen_a_george

    59
    Apr 30, 2005
    Waterloo
    Thanks John.

    I might take you up on that offer soon!
     
  13. d70john,

    mind you, when I bought the tokina 28-70 I wasn't expecting much as I already owned the nikkor counterpart. but I was in for a pleasant surprise. I could hardly tell any difference at all. I have not done any scientific comparison, of course (I would not know how to do that). My idea of comparison is basically just taking a picture of the same subject at the same focal length, exposure and lighting condition.

    My subjective view with very limited comparison is that there seems to be a subtle difference in colour in favour of the nikkor, but sharpness is equal with a very very slight Tokina advantage to my eyes.

    When I purchased the Tokina, I did it prepared to discard it if I wasn't happy since I got it from KEH really cheap (roughly 1/5 of nikkor's price!).
    But as I said, I was pleasantly surprised that I also ended up buying a Tokina 12-24 recently.

    A few years ago, I had a bad experience with Sigma and Tamron that I thought I would never buy any 3rd party lens. Needless to say, I broke that resolve :wink:

    I am only a hobbyist, taking pictures when I am not busy balancing the debits and credits :)  but if I was a professional photographer, I perhaps would be very careful about buying third party lenses, but technology is changing and as a matter of fact, some third party lenses prove to be of batter value than camera manufacturers'.

    Here's one taken with the Tokina 28-70 at 28:

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  14. Updat

    Damn, missed the UPS truck, and now I have to wait another day :(  :(  :( 
     
  15. Tosh

    Tosh

    May 6, 2005
    NY
    Roman,

    Please stop it! Your horshoe bend shot is making me feel that my 20mm 2.8D is way too looooong.

    Excellent captures.

    Glenn
     
  16. Thanks for spending another $500 of my money! Ahhh! :) 

    Really nice photos in this thread.
     
  17. Money well spent

    Hi,
    I enjoy helping other people spend their money lol :lol: Besides, I believe that in this case it is money well spent. :wink:
     
  18. allen_a_george

    allen_a_george

    59
    Apr 30, 2005
    Waterloo
    Out of curiousity - why did you decide to buy the 12-24 instead of the new Sigma 10-20?
     
  19. Hi,

    I had read a lot of good reviews of the Tokina, and it was readily available. The Sigma is still not available where I have looked. 12 mm is wide enough for me. :)  I am very satisfied with the Tokina build and performance. I would recommend it.
     
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