Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 Ultra Wide for Nikon

Author sophos9 - Last updated: 15.07.2009

So I’ve just purchased the Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 from Hong Kong due to a complete stock out situation in the UK – amazingly, the lens was delivered in 3 days… Royal Mail, shame on you!

I shoot on a cropped Nikon body at a crop rate of 1.5x – this means I need ultra ultra wide to try and get the right effect on indoor urban exploration photos. Also shooting urbex usually means low light so a 2.8 straight through is a bit of a minimum for me.

When getting the lens, first impressions are totally WOW! Its build quality is amazing, really amazing – completely smooth action. I took the lens out and done some sample shots outdoors to get a feel for it. A corn field on a nice day seemed to be a good subject to test infinity

Heres the result:

Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 test shots

Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 test shots

Really impressed with it outside however preparing for an impending urbex visit to a abandoned derelict mental asylum I was really interested in indoor photos…

Grabbed a quick shot indoors:

Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 indoor testing

Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 indoor testing

Enjoyed that shot!

As for performance for urban exploration, a shoot out mission at a derelict asylum produced the best photos I’ve ever shot… The lens was spectacular, totally sharp!

Some examples:

Mental Asylum Shots

Mental Asylum Shots

Haunted Asylum - Scary Place

Haunted Asylum - Scary Place

I’m looking to negotiate price on multiple items, so should provide good savings and the Tokina 2 year international warranty is honoured by Kenro UK so no ‘grey’ issues here!

Another happy punter



#1IanJuly 17, 2009, 4:57 pm

Some great shots here!

Kinda followed through from Flickr & TP, but will bookmark and try and keep up!

Very jealous of that 2.8. Not so jealous of the Nikon! 😉

#2sophos9July 17, 2009, 8:30 pm

Thanks mate 🙂

The 2.8 is an awesome lens! Let me guess, you are on the other Canon side?

Should be upgrading the body soon enough…. to another Nikon 🙂 😉

#3MarkSeptember 6, 2009, 3:31 pm

Did you have to pay any import tax, if so how much.
Any help would be much appreciated


#4Michael HoodJanuary 7, 2010, 3:15 am

Would love to hear what presets or settings were used to develop those looks. Love it.

#5martDecember 29, 2010, 7:35 pm

Hi,i want to have the lens as well,but it is damn
expensive.When i look through ebay,shoppers from HK offer a very
low price.But may iknow, how you dealed with the VAT?How much?Since
i never bought anything from HK..thanks

#6AndréAugust 17, 2011, 8:13 pm

It’s indeed a good lens, just the green laser like flares are a bit annoying sometimes. The Sigma 10-20 i had before performed better in terms of focus speed and accuracy but the Tokina is much more sharper and the 2.8 is really useful sometimes.

#7O5irisSeptember 14, 2011, 6:59 pm

Just ordered this baby from eBay, still eagerly waiting for it!
Finaly I’ll be able to shoot ultra-wide in my crop DSLR. Judging from all the info in the forums and reviews over the web this lens will make a very worthy (if not better) companion/oponent to my 17-35 on my film camera!

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