Great wide-angle 3rd party lens for Nikon shooters
David Parker, Amazon
13 November 2014
Summary: Love this lens. Can't afford the Nikon 14-24 and wasn't impressed with the Nikon 16-35 so this was my next choice. I chose it over the Tokina 16-28 because of the front element. This lens can take filters and while Tokina is well built and traditionally a little more heavy, it is lighter than the 16-28 and more balanced. I shoot with a D600 and love using this lens with it. No issues with corner softness or any other negatives review sites try to tell you.
Summary: Love the lens. Working great. But the shipping of it was SUCH a hassle! Someone on Amazon or USPS messed up and didn't fufill the 1 day guaranteed shipping promise. The person who sold it to me went out of his way to solve the problem and get it to me when I needed it. I was really disappointed I couldn't bring it on a trip. But I would definitely work with this person again! Just learning USPS and Amazon isn't as reliable as they always say.
Summary: This lens is quite compact, though not very light weight, and solidly built like all other Tokina lenses. Optically it's superb. Very sharp and high resolution across the frame wide open. Best part is the distortion: probably the lowest among all FF UWA lenses, which means you can do architecture shots without having the stupid curved lines and having to do post processing to correct it. The filter is a little huge at 82mm.