Hi to everyone and thanks in advance for any help. Looking at buying a uwl for d7000 and not sure of the 2 lens I'm looking at. nikkor 10-24mm or the tokina 11-16mm. Does anyone have these lens, any thought or info would be helpful.
I have used both and own the 10-24 so have some experience with them. Both are very good, sharp and well made. Their main differences are the speed of the widest aperture on the 11-16 is 2.8 and the wider focal rnage of of the 10-24. If you are shooting available light indoors, handheld, the 11-16 is the better choice. For a general purpose lens with more flexibility for the field of view, the Nikon's extra range is well worth the extra cost. The 10-24 is a suitable walking around lens because 24mm on a DX is long enough for people shots without excessive distortion. What are you shooting and are you primarily using a tripod? The times that speed is important are not often with ultra-wides unless hand held in dim light. I also have the bargain of the bunch, Sigma 10-20 that is very well made a lot lower cost. Two specialties where every maker has a good lens is wide and macro. Stan St Petersburg Russia
Wed 06-Feb-13 10:18 AM | edited Wed 06-Feb-13 11:02 AM by J_Harris
I use and enjoy the Nikon 10-24mm with my D7000. As Stan stated, the longer focal range is very useful. Even though f/2.8 would be nice to have, using a lens with only 11-16mm just seems too limiting.
Where I find the Ultra-wide most useful is not for landscapes, but taking shots where tight spaces or obstacles, e.g. walls, cliffs, etc. cause little movement for framing the shot.
If you haven't used an ultra-wide lens before be aware of the greater distortion at the widest focal ranges (correctable in camera or through software), and deviating from the horizontal plane will cause some strange visual effects . All lenses display this behavior to some degree, but the ultra-wide is "ULTRA" sensitive and exaggerates the effects much more if you are not careful.
One of my favorite shots taken with my 10-24 and D7000
11mm, f/5.6, ISO 800, 1/8-sec shutter speed, hand-held, no flash, no HDR
I have D7000 and have the Nikon 10-24mm and LOVE it. It's very sharp and the focal length it covers makes it a wonderful walkaround lens. I considered the 11-16 f2.8 but I wanted to go as wide as possible (YES, the 1mm makes a difference!), I preferred the Nikon-brand and the range of the Nikon made it more useful.It's a lot of fun to use, but I actually don't use it as much as I thought I would. That's because...
...I also have the Rokinon 8mm fisheye lens. This is hands-down my favorite lens ever. It's cheap, well-made and very sharp. Yes, it's manual focus, but because it's so wide, you really never have to adjust it. It almost turns your DSLR into a point-and-shoot.