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Tokina 12-24mm f/4 new, first results

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by vulturetec, May 19, 2007.

  1. I've been wanting a Tokina 12-24mm for well over a year. I would have bought one before a trip last year except everyone was constantly out of stock. This year the Sigma seems to be scarce.

    This year I was looking again and have been really torn between it and the Sigma 10-20mm. Both seem to be excellent lenses. After looking at hundreds of images from both, I think I got a handle on the strengths and weaknesses of both lenses. My primary concern with the Tokina was the sometimes obvious CA on the edges and sometimes corners. With the Sigma it was sometimes obvious softness along one side, or corners - and light drop off. Problems with both lenses can be coped with, or ignored, and the images from both are good. That "extra 2mm" isn't an issue for me and wasn't a deciding factor between the two.

    Yesterday my new Tokina arrived on my doorstep. Decent packaging, and a decent looking lens. Build quality appears to be as good as the reviews all say.

    I've only had time to take a few genuine snapshots with it to judge sharpness/focus with. The first thing I did was take a couple of pictures of windows and my skylight in an effort to see massive CA. Yup - there was CA, just as predicted, but it really wasn't that bad. Looking critically at the original .NEF files at 100% I could clearly see it, but it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be and was easily corrected. The images were otherwise crisp and clean.

    So, what about those snapshots? The first one was taken before dinner with my folks. Just a simple snapshot on program, at f/5 with an SB800. .NEF/.JPG via Capture-NX and resized with PS-CS2:


    Today I took a quick trip down the street to get some images with decent depth of field, some grass/plantlife to see sharpness, and some direct sunlight to look at flare (somehow I wasn't full-wide on the first set):

    @13mm f/13 - no filters

    @13mm f/14 directly into the sun - no filters

    @12mm f/9 + Kenko C-PL
    View attachment 96337

    @14mm f/14 + Kenko C-PL
    View attachment 96338

    The whole gallery with exif data can be viewed here.

    So far the lens seems really sharp with decent contrast. Just as I expected. It does have CA, but it doesn't seem like its going to be an issue with me (fingers crossed). Flare seems pretty well under control, even shooting directly into the sun the lens has great contrast with just a little flare.
  2. Zachs


    Feb 25, 2006
    With people shots, try to stay on the 20mm range. Also avoid people on the left side of that lens...really stretches them out bad and gives them a fat head. I love this lens too, but its distortion just got me in a lot of trouble recently with a client :(  Luckily some really good crops solved the problem.
  3. wbeem


    Feb 11, 2007
    Sanford, FL
    William Beem
    I was on your side of town today and wish I had that lens with me. My 18-200 filled in the pinch, though. It's hard to travel with a full kit on a motorcycle.

    Nice to see you caught some of the elusive blue sky around here lately. It's looked like Seattle for far too long lately.

  4. Yep...gotta watch verticals too - makes 'em look all stretched out :eek: 
  5. It's been ok after the seabreeze kicks in. Smoke has been the big problem, went out to shoot a job in south Florida the other day and nearly couldn't get back into the airport on the way back due to smoke.
  6. jaleel


    Apr 3, 2007
    Toronto, Canada
    i think it's a great lens for the price!
  7. Guest-002

    Guest-002 Guest

    Jan 14, 2006
    Worcester, MA
    Why is the left side worse than the right?
  8. I've had my Tokina 12-24 for a few months and I'm still learning how to correct keystone distortions. I've found DxO Optics, (demo at dxo.com), to be very helpful in straightening distortions in the wide angle images. I'm still not able to correct them like kenrockwell.com does in his review of DxO software but I think pictures like your first one would benefit nicely from some type of correction.

    Wide angle shooting really does require a different mental set than other types of photography. I got my Tokina to shoot architecture on trips, I'll see how it works this summer.

    I hope you enjoy your copy.
  9. Zachs


    Feb 25, 2006
    I have no idea, but its the truth...with mine at least.
  10. Sigh. The excitement of the new lens has slowly been drowned by a problem with the camera I discovered last week.
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