By Dan Chung
Wide angle users with APS-C/Super35mm cameras are well catered for by the excellent Tokina 11-16mm f2.8. It’s my personal favourite ultra wide angle zoom thanks to it’s constant f2.8 aperture and 77mm filter thread size. It is now firmly established as the number one choice for many large sensor video camera shooters because there is no direct equivalent from Canon or Nikon. Duclos lenses makes an excellent conversion of this lens which adds better geared manual focus, aperture rings and optionally a PL mount.
This week Nikonrumors.com is reporting that Tokina has announced a version 2 of the lens which they have said has a new aspherical element, ultra-low dispersion glass and faster autofocus motor (not that I would use AF for video with this lens). It’s too soon to say if this version 2 lens is substantially better than the old one, but if it is then it is sure to be popular. Availability is said to be March for the Nikon fit version and July for the EOS one.