I don't have any lens comparisons, just some observations from the last shoot, on my 1440 x 900 monitor (which of course isn't all that HIGH def, really)
I want to load build 17 so I can do the 1:1 pixel zoom thing and see what's what, maybe get a Putora chart and see how many lines, etc. To tell you the truth, I really go by the feel of the lens once I put it on the camera, and the 11-16 just looks like a gas. Great for POV stuff - I can already see shots inspired by RAISING ARIZONA, flying through the supermarket looking for disposable diapers . . .
For what it is worth, before I decided on either the 17-35mm or the 17-55mm Nikons, I had the opportunity to talk face to face to a Nikon USA lens technician at the Torrence facility, and I asked him which lens he thought was sharper and had better contrast. Without a pause, he said it was the 17-35mm. I am sure it varies some from lens to lens though. I chose the 17-35mm, but do miss the extra push the 17-55 affords.
"AF-S Zoom-NIKKOR 17-35mm f/2.8D IF-ED FF35 lens
High-performance, ultra wide-angle zoom lens, perfect for candid photography
and news photojournalism in challenging lighting conditions."
"AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 17-55mm (25.5-82.5mm FF35) f/2.8G IF-ED (APS-C 1.5x-crop from FF35)
This high-performance, wide-angle zoom is designed exclusively for use with Nikons DX-format,
is fast and versatile for travel and portrait work."
"Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X 116 PRO DX (APS-C Nikon 1.5x & Canon 1.6x crop from FF35).
The new Tokina 11-16mm (16.5-24mm FF35) f/2.8 AT-X 116 PRO DX is an ultra-wide angle lens with a fast f/2.8 aperture for better
photography in low-light situations. Many photojournalists consider having an f/2.8 aperture a must
for any lens in their camera bag."
So AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 17-55mm (25.5-82.5mm FF35) f/2.8G IF-ED is out.
And the winner is AF-S Zoom-NIKKOR 17-35mm f/2.8D IF-ED FF35 auto and manual focus/iris lens.
From your link, Sanjin:
DX design enables a combination of wider angle-of-view with optical characteristics that are optimized for Nikon digital SLR camera sensors.
Nikon DX design produces a smaller image circle (the size of the image that is projected by the lens on to the sensor) enabling smaller lens diameter, lighter weight and optimal image quality from center-to edge-to-corner on the image.
Well someone should shoot some charts to see which one is the winner, I think.
If someone wants to loan me their 17-55, I will gladly do a test at my home. I have a little chart I can throw up, and I can do some quick real world dirty tests. I'll compare the 17-55's 50mm focal length up against the Zeiss 50 and I'll throw on the Tokina too.
Just need a 17-55 for the night.
Keep in mind the 17-35mm isn't as wide and costs about twice as much as the Tokina... I agree that it might be a better investment for a current ZF set but they are different beasts. Both would be perfect with a 28mm 35mm 50mm 85mm ZF set. And while neither are so long that you would freak over the focus ring they still can't compare to the ZF rings... ugh...
Less money less headaches.
Ultimate 15mm FF35 still lens is
Leica Super-Elmarit 15mm f/2.8 ASPH
"Distortion is in general very well corrected and even per-
sons at the edges of the image retain their normal body
contours. (Ever looked at the elongated faces and bodies of
persons when using a 12 mm or some other 15mm len-
ses?). Architectural straight lines are straight lines with a
just visible distortion in the outer zones of the image."
but costs you "only" US $ 8,995.00 (B&HFVNYC) :) .
How bad is the distortion on the Tokina 11-16mm?
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