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

Video thumbnail for youtube video Testing the Superwides: Canon 16-35mm vs. Tokina 16-28mm - No Film SchoolDave 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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Would have been interesting to throw in a Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 into the mix.
Maybe an idea for a future video?

September 7, 2013 at 1:27PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM

Raphael Wood

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

September 8, 2013 at 7:59PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


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.

September 14, 2013 at 7:38PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


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.

September 7, 2013 at 1:35PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


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

September 8, 2013 at 2:08PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM

Stu Mannion

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.

September 9, 2013 at 6:41PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM

Dean Butler

You won't see a big difference because you're only shooting 4k. Sharpness is overhyped, especially b/c d-SLR's are normally shooting over 20megapixels for stills... And even then, it's overhyped:


September 15, 2013 at 3:41PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM

You voted '-1'.
Daniel Mimura