White Wedding Photography reviews the Tokina 12-24mm f/4

White Wedding Photography reviews the Tokina 12-24mm

For a wedding photographer not looking to break the bank on a wide angle lens, the Tokina 12-24mm f/4 is an excellent option to consider. It’s designed for APS-C sensors in mind and typically costs around £400-£500 new. When combined with slower shutter speeds it’s constant aperture of f / 4 allows you to shoot handheld in lower light than normal. When teamed up with a quality APS-C camera such as the Nikon D7000 it’s possible to achieve very high quality images.

The zoom mechanism is made from metal but the outer casing is plastic. This combination makes a very durable, professional feeling lens that comes in at a reasonable weight. The 77mm filter thread is very welcome, since this is the standard on some professional lenses on both Nikon and Canon systems.

The Tokina also features the One Touch Focus Clutch Mechanism for quick switching from Auto focus to manual. With a nikon system the camera does not need to be switched to manual focus since the lens does not engage the focusing coupling when switched on manual focus, this is very useful when making quick adjustments.

The best thing about this lens is it’s sharpness. At f/4 it’s very sharp in the centre and good round the edges. Stopped down to f/5.6 it’s very good all round. Compared to other wide angle lenses at it’s price point, such as the Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 or the Tamron 11-18mm the Tokina wins hands down in terms of image and build quality. If the focal range is right for you then the Tokina is the right choice!

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