Saturday, July 4, 2009

A Wide Angle Lens

I bought myself a decent wide angle lens today. It is a Tokina ATX PRO 12 – 24 mm f/4 DX zoom. This will allow me to make much better photographs of the fascinating streets and buildings of Mexico. Ever since my 18 – 70 Nikon "Kit" lens fell victim to internal dust over a year ago I have had nothing to experiment with this type of photography. The estimate for repairs to that lens was more than the cost to replace it! This new Tokina is a much better lens.

I tend to be a little anal over this type of a purchase and have spent several days on the Internet reading every review and user opinion I could find on this lens and it's competition. It tests out better than both the other third party lenses in this focal range and is almost equal to the Nikon brand lens at much less than half the cost. A perfect fit for me. Back in my film camera days my wide angle was my most used lens and I have been wanting one for a long time. It is just hard to justify the expense sometimes.

Today my mission was finding the best price which I did at $399 USA from It is being delivered from the USA so it will take a couple of weeks or so to get here. At least allows you to track the shipment so that will give me something to do for a few days. I ordered a multicoated filter to protect the glass from eBay. Almost free.

Tokina 12 24

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