Alright! Finally, here is my Tokina 11-20mm f/2.8 Dx Lens Review.
If you own a DX(apsc) camera body, the Tokina AT-X 11-20mm f/2.8 Pro DX Lens for Nikon is a must have lens to your collection. And if you don’t already have a collection of lenses; start by adding this wide angle lens, and you won’t regret it.
I’d like to talk about my experience first about using the Tokina 11-20mm f2.8 lens first and then the features itself.
Now, my initial intention for buying the Tokina 11-20mm f/2.8 was to do YouTube videos in my tight space at the time of its purchase and it worked out great. Then I started carrying it around whenever I went out to take pictures. I have to say that I was surprised at the different feel and perspective this DX lens provided me with.
So, I kept the Tokina 11-20mm f/2.8 longer on my camera for taking landscape photos. Also, I noticed that my composition got better and better after every photo shoot outing I did. Then I realized that the wide angle perspective this lens had forced me to look differently while composing my image every time, which in turn made my skills even sharper.
Tokina 11-20mm f/2.8 Landscape/HDR Photography Experience:
I learned that the Tokina 11-20mm f/2.8 DX lens can help produce some stunning landscape photos when I got my image composition right.
Once it felt funny and good the same time when I showed some of the pictures I took to someone; and he asked “Did you go to a photography school?” Well, for a self taught photo/video guy; I really did feel flattered.
If you could frame your landscape with some kind of leading lines, symmetry or foreground composition the Tokina 11-20mm f2.8 lens has the potential to render some great looking pictures. The secret with this lens lies in how you frame your shot because of the wide angle capability.
One of the obsessions I acquired with the Tokina 11-20mm f/2.8 lens was to shoot bridges. This was also when I liked doing HDR photography. This lens amused me every time with the quality of the pictures.
I am pretty sure that people would assign different uses for the Tokina 11-20mm f2.8 lens. If you fall into the category of people who are fanatic about landscape photography, this could be a perfect fit for you.
I could go all day telling you about how good this lens is to start with for video production. This is a fit for all purposes wide angle lens. What I meant by that is, it doesn’t matter if you’re a YouTuber, a wedding videographer, real estate video producer, event videographer or advertisement producer this would have a major role in all of the above.
My video production took a turn when I decided to try out wedding videography. The Tokina 11-20 f/2.8 has been a life saver for me. This lens helped me to have a head start with my wedding videography career.
I also purchased a variable ND filter to go with my Tokina 11-20 f2.8 wide angle lens. This helped me achieve those romantic/cinematic and compressed background shots while keeping my much needed video frame rate settings with wide open aperture settings when needed.
The wide angle perspective provides with a cinematic feel while filming motion. I also used a DSLR(Zhiyun Crane 2) gimbal to stabilise the motion.
The fact that the zoom on the Tokina 11-20mm f/2.8 lens doesn’t require any lens elements to move back and forth helped a lot to achieve added stabilisation with the gimbal. With those lenses where the glass elements have to physically move could cause it to vary the front weight of the lens and would cause gimbal to compensate for the changes. These could in turn result in the need for constantly balancing the gimbal every time you change the focal length. But like I said, with the Tokina 11-20mm f2.8 lens this wasn’t a trouble at all.
Tokina 11-20mm f2.8 Lens flare:
Lens flares haven’t been an issue for me personally, but the instances I had flares come in to the shot was to my advantage while shooting wedding video which gave it a cinematic look to it. Also, the lens itself was not to blame since I had the variable ND filter in front of the lens at all times when I filmed outdoors.
Ring Type Focus Ring For Auto/Manual Focus:
The focus ring for the Tokina 11-20mm f/2.8 lens is also the mechanism where you would switch between Auto and manual focusing. You would need to force slide the ring back and forth to switch to auto or manual focus.
For some people this mechanical focus ring could be annoying. But in my case I used the Tokina AT-X 11-20mm f/2.8 Pro DX Lens for shooting wedding videos for the major part and would leave it on auto focus all the time.
For the odd times I had to change it from auto to manual focus while the camera was on the gimbal, it bothered me just a few instances and made be think that it would have been much better if they had some kind of a switch/slider/button type control like other popular lenses.
Again, it wasn’t a big deal for me. But I would recommend that you walk into a camera store and try out this lens on a camera body before you buy it.
Big Filter Thread Size Of Tokina 11-20 f2.8 Lens:
This lens has a thread size of 82mm which in my opinion is a bit larger than some of the other lenses. I had to buy a bigger ND filter for my video production purposes when I bought this lens.
If you fall into this category of filter users, you might have to keep this fact in mind as well if you consider buying the Tokina 11-20mm f/2.8 lens.
Tokina 11-20mm f/2.8 on Zhiyun Crane Gimbal:
Since I have used this lens a lot on my Zhiyun Crane 2, I thought I’ll quickly mention my thoughts on that as well.
Even though it might seem a little hard to balance this lens along with the camera body at first on the gimbal, once you get used to the positions on the gimbal; it would not be that big of a deal.
You might have to make adjustments on your gimbal for the motor to compensate the weight if it is already set to low. Depending on what camera body you use the weight can add up.
But overall, the Tokina 11-20mm f/2.8 is very much usable on(almost) any gimbal meant for a DSLR camera, that can carry the combined weight of the camera body and this lens.
Tokina 11-20mm f/2.8 Unboxing Video:
Tokina 11-20mm f2.8 Lens Review Conclusion:
Overall, I recommend the Tokina 11-20mm f/2.8 wide angle lens to step up your skills if you are in the market for a wide angle lens. Like I have mentioned already, majority of my usage with this lens was for video production and serves very well for me.
A great hobby photography lens as well if you are someone who goes around taking landscape pictures, events etc. Would definitely push you to practice different framing techniques if this is going to be your first wide angle lens.
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