More wide-angle magic, as promised! Took these a few days ago but the hubbub of the New Year (oh yeah, Happy New Year and such and such
) kept me from doing much with the images until now.
Still getting more and more familiar with this lens, and the ultra-wide AOV in general. I'm finding the Tokina 11-16mm to be very respectable wide open, but with only a slight improvement on stopping down. While I don't have any direct comparisons available, I'm finding that this is not "the sharpest" lens available, especially in the corners. However, it's plenty sharp at f/2.8 for anything I'd want to do with it, which makes the decision completely worth it to me (I expect to do a lot of shooting wide open). People that want to maximise the sharpness of their pictures might want to look elsewhere; same with those that want more zoom versatility, because the difference between 11 and 16 mm is so small that you might not even notice, looking through the viewfinder, if you're zoomed all the way in or out.
Don't have many comments about the "focus clutch" thing that Tokina loves so much; switching from MF to AF sure is easy, but I also don't MF all that much so it does me no real good. Hmm... what else can I say? Oh yeah: Bokeh is not the most pleasing. There's not much blurring, considering the focal length, but take a look at the hand-lookin' plant up there. Look at it large size if you wanna. The foliage behind has some slightly harsh halo-ing going on, instead of a smooth, creamy defocus. This might bother some people; I don't expect it to be much of an issue for most photos I'll take, but it's something to be aware of, that's for sure.
Anyway, love the lens, love the new perspective it opens up for me. And again, Happy New Year, ya lunatics... let's get some awesome shots in this 2011.