I ordered my copy of the Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX, 11-16mm, f/2.8 for Canon on digitec.ch, one of Switzerland’s leading online shops for camera gear and electronics in general. As cheap as possible in Switzerland at the time of purchase I had to spend 593 Swiss francs (~620$) and could pick it up at the local post office just a couple of days later. It is a bit bigger and heavier than I’d expected it to be, it seems to be built really solid, looks like great quality (just like mentioned in most reviews). And still it’s not that heavy.

Anyway, I’ve done a couple hundred shots so far plus some 2-3 thousand for timelapse. I did some cityscapes and landscapes, some of which by night, a couple of interior shots, created some HDRs. I love the wide-angle-ness, and I really like the performance of the lens by night. I was really impressed how well it worked for the interior work, the rooms appear sooo spacious.

The great aperture comes up to the high expectations I’ve had. Sharp at very low aperture, corners can be a tiny little bit soft sometimes. Colors look great so far, I might still gonna get a polarizer. I’d had some difficulties with the auto-focus first but I figured that out quite well. The AF is not too slow and I don’t really give a damn about the noise it makes (still it’s not the very loudest AF).

The lens has quite a small focal range though this is no problem for me since I was actually looking for a wide-angle prime but found this to be the better choice.

Pictures shot with that lens can be found in the stories section and soon in the portfolio section as well.

Also watch my Moscow Timelapse, mainly shot with the Tokina lens and a Canon EOS 500D (Kiss X3 / Rebel T1i) and processed using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3.6 and Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.