23 septembre 2020

Tokina 11-16mm : good wide angle lens ? – Lucile Rabut Photography

Par Fabien

Hi friends !

Today I talk about photo equipment and more precisely about my wide angle lens. Get to know more here below !

MY WISH OF HAVING A WIDE ANGLE LENS

As explained here, I got as first photo equipment 2 lenses : the 18-55mm lens and the 50mm.
When I started, I used the 18-55mm lens a lot for landscape photography. But I quickly had the feeling that the angle of capture was too narrow. I wanted to push the edges of my photos to bring in more surface. I absolutely needed a wide angle lens for that.

Also, I wanted to try astro photography, but with the 18-55mm lens, the results were very bad. Even with the right settings, the photos were too dark and you could barely see the Milky Way. In any case, the angle was once again too narrow to show a lot of stars.

So I started seeking on the internet in order to find my wide angle lens.
I watched different videos from photographers on youtube and read multiple comparisons.

MY HESITATION BETWEEN TO MODELS

I hesitated between the Canon 10-18mm and the Tokina 11-16mm. You can find a complete description of the two lenses by clicking on the above links. I finally got to prefer the Tokina lens for its large opening at 2.8, making it a very bright lens.

On the other side, the maximum aperture of the Canon 10-18mm is only 4.5. Thus, the Tokina is able to capture almost twice as much light as the Canon ! For me, this difference was decisional. With an aperture of 2.8, one can get excellent shots of starry nights.

FIRST CAPTURES WITH THE TOKINA 11-16MM

I took my first pictures with my Tokina indoors, in my bedroom. My feeling was “Wow !! ”

The transition to a wide angle lens was sensational. Indeed, I had the impression of having pushed the walls of my room so that everything could fit in my photo.

Canon 18 55mm – 18mm

Tokina 11 16mm – 11mm

MY FEELING AFTER 6 MONTHS OF PURCHASE

During these first 6 months of use, I really enjoyed using the Tokina lens.
This lens really did not disappoint me for Milky Way photography. I can bring it largely in my photo, and it appears very visibly, much better than with the naked eye.

Milky Way – 11mm – f/2.8

I really like using my Tokina lens for landscapes, especially for shooting vast natural places. I think it creates very contrasting photos and soft colors, what I look for in my photos.

Sunset – 11mm – f/9

See you soon and don’t forget !

Practice makes perfect