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Sigma 10-20mm and Tokina 11-16mm

11 Jul 2012 7:41PM
I am looking at getting a wide zoom for landscape work to be used with my Nikon D300s. I was rather settled on the idea of getting a Sigma 10-20mm f3.5 after a little shoot with one belonging to a friend, however, after a little more research I am also looking at the Tokina 11-16mm f2.8. I am finding it difficult to find somewhere that sells this lens where I could go in the store and get my hands on it as I'd rather take a look than buy it blind. Has anyone out there used the Tokina and if so how does it fare?

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Graysta 13 1.1k England
11 Jul 2012 8:06PM
Not sure about the Tokina, But the 10-20 Sigma is awesome and you have to ask if you will use f2.8 for landscape. I had the 10-20 Sigma and miss it since going all FF but am considering buying a crop body just to use one again. All said i now have a D800 in the collection so might buy a Sigma to use at about 17mp,you have me thinking and maybe spending again.
StuartAt 13 1.1k 8 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2012 9:06PM
I had the same dilemna a couple of years back and settled for the Siggy on my D300. I preferred the extra range that the Siggy gave me (if only fractionally) and as Graysta has said, I'm not sure the f2.8 is so important for applications of that lens.
11 Jul 2012 10:25PM
Sigma is one my favourites to use (with D300) obviously can't speak for the Tokina because why have two of the same..! But there's lotsa folk around here like the Sigma too..
RobboB Plus
11 132 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2012 8:39AM
I bought the Sigma 10-20 when I got my D80 on the strength of the fact that so many great landscape shots on here were taken with this lens. As others have said I dont see f2.8 beng of much relevance. I have gone Canon FF now but miss the 10-20
SEMANON 5 95 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2012 7:43PM
Has anyone ever had problems with these lenses going soft & needing repair?
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
12 Jul 2012 9:03PM
Got the Sigma. No probs.
12 Jul 2012 10:37PM
Another vote for the Sigma 10-20.Smile
12 Jul 2012 10:51PM
Nope.. Had one three years and still sound as a pound..
strawman 14 22.1k 16 United Kingdom
13 Jul 2012 12:21AM
My 10-20 is @ 6 years old and still working fine, there that should make it fail.
dandeakin 10 209 3 England
16 Jul 2012 10:11PM
I had a 10-20 for several years when I used a D200. I've also used my brothers 11-16. If I had to choose a new wide angle for a crop sensor I wouldn't hesitate in getting the tokina.

I never found the 10-20 much good wide open (it was excellent stopped down for landscapes). The f2.8 of the 11-16 would be a major appeal for the stuff I shoot. It your just going to shoot at f11 then I doubt there's any difference, other than the focal lengths.

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