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Wide Angle Lens Shootout with Dave Dugdale: Canon 16-35mm vs. Tokina 16-28mm

09.7.13 @ 2:50PM Tags : , , , ,

Video thumbnail for youtube video Testing the Superwides: Canon 16-35mm vs. Tokina 16-28mm - nofilmschoolDave Dugdale from Learning DSLR Video has reviewed quite a few products on his website, and if you’re in the market for a super-wide lens on full-frame or a very wide lens on APS-C without going into fisheye territory, his latest review might be right up your alley. In the video below, Dave takes a look at the Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L II and the Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8 on the Canon 5D Mark III:

It’s actually surprising how sharp the Tokina is, especially considering that the Canon is $1,000 more expensive than the Tokina at $1,700 vs. $700. I tend to be allergic to focal lengths anywhere below 22-24mm for cameras like the Mark II/Mark III, but then again I’m not much of a landscape shooter in video or photography. Both of these lenses should also be good options if you’re using APS-C cameras, as they go wide to about normal focal lengths. While you might have your eye on something crazy fast like the new Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8, there may be situations where you want that extra 2mm or you need it to work on a larger sensor.

If you’d like a little more detailed information, head on over to Dave’s site.



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  • Raphael Wood on 09.7.13 @ 4:27PM

    Would have been interesting to throw in a Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 into the mix.
    Maybe an idea for a future video?

    • Why would you compare the Sigma to these two? The sigma is crop sensor only. These are full-frame lenses.

      • Because these lenses are going to be used mainly on crop sensors (for VIDEO); as the author mentions – normally on full frame anything wider than 22-24 isn’t optimal…hence the Sigma is perfectly in the same realm for use case with those crop sensors…and there a heck of a lot more Txi, x0D, 7D shooters out there in this market Tokina is targeting than 5D2/3 shooters.

  • Spot on review. I’ve used both of these lenses and ended up buying the Tokina for the same reasons Dave mentions. One warning though, it does vignette a bit when used with Speed Booster for E-Mount, and not in a pretty way.

  • Stu Mannion on 09.8.13 @ 5:08PM

    Hey Jay does it vignette all the way through on the Speedboster?

  • Dean Butler on 09.9.13 @ 9:41PM

    I’ve hired the 16 – 35 recently for two music video shoots after hiring the 14mm (using on Red Scarlet). Thought I’d notice a big difference in sharpness… didn’t really (though I didn’t do any side by sides). Definitely think the canon is a great lens. Might take a look at the tokina as an alternative purchase.

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