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Tokina Opera 16-28mm F/2.8 FX Zoom Lens for Nikon F or Canon EF EXPIRED

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Adorama has Tokina Opera 16-28mm F/2.8 FX Zoom Lens (Nikon F or Canon EF) for $529. Shipping is free.

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  • Tokina Opera 16-28 mm F/2.8 FX Zoom Lens
  • Built-In Hood
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • Tokina 3 Year Limited Warranty
Features:
  • Zoom Focal Length: 16 (Min)-28 mm (Max) Lens
  • Maximum Aperture: f/2.8
  • Image Stabilization Type: No
  • Lens Series: Tokina FX Series, Tokina Opera Series
  • Special Features: Aspherical

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This lens is for 16mm 2.8. if you tend to go less ultra wide then an 18mm is what you want as center sharpness declines quickly the wider you go, wide open.
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This lens is for 16mm 2.8. if you tend to go less ultra wide then an 18mm is what you want as center sharpness declines quickly the wider you go, wide open.
It's helpful, thanks
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This lens is for 16mm 2.8. if you tend to go less ultra wide then an 18mm is what you want as center sharpness declines quickly the wider you go, wide open.
This is a pretty broad statement. I don't think you can back this up. According to this you are wrong.
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This is a pretty broad statement. I don't think you can back this up. According to this you are wrong.
The screenshots you attached are for a different lens... Generally, as you stop down, images get sharper until you get to the diffraction point.
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This is pretty tempting...getting a Canon equivalent on the wide end is pretty damn pricey, especially on the RF mount although that one goes to 15mm. Both Canons go to 35 also, but this price is really good since it's f/2.8. Anybody have this lens?

I'm currently using a EFs 10-18. It does ok on my R, but of course it crops the sensor. Usually I have the 10-18 on my m50 though.
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This is a great lens for the price. I've owned the last version for almost 10 years now. PQ is very good but main drawbacks are: 1) size and weight 2) no filter thread 3) focusing can hunt a little sometimes. It seems like the last point might have improved but the first two still remain. Also keep in mind that both Canon and Nikon are shifting their focus to mirrorless with Canon very likely discontinuing DSLR altogether. If you have a mirrorless or consider getting a mirrorless in the near future, it's better to get an RF/Z mount lens directly IMO as larger mounts have made ultrawide lenses smaller and lighter in general. Plus, last time I checked, this lens has been reported to not work with FTZ adapter albeit the old one does (I can attest with my copy)
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I have an 18-35 (on full frame F4 and D610).
It has its uses indoor but I still rarely use it. The short end of a 28-70 or a 35 is usually sufficient.

No i am not saying it's not useful but if on a limited budget it's not the first lens i would go to.
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This lens has been hovering around $600 on Amazon (at least the Canon version). If I hadn't picked up a 14mm 2.8 prime I'd probably jump on this. Tempted to get it anyway and sell the 14mm. 14mm is wider than I typically need and I sold my 5DS to move to the R6 and won't have the resolution to spare anymore.

Quote from cyciumx :
This lens is for 16mm 2.8. if you tend to go less ultra wide then an 18mm is what you want as center sharpness declines quickly the wider you go, wide open.
I can't think of a wide full frame zoom that starts at 18mm. At least not for Canon, which I don't think has an 18mm prime option, even. The closest would be the 17-40mm f4, which slower, much older, and almost certainly softer than this lens.

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Also keep in mind that both Canon and Nikon are shifting their focus to mirrorless with Canon very likely discontinuing DSLR altogether... Plus, last time I checked, this lens has been reported to not work with FTZ adapter albeit the old one does (I can attest with my copy)
From the Canon side of things, the EF/RF adapter has been perfect. My only RF glass is the 35mm, and Eye-AF works great on all my EF lenses on my RP.

Only issue using EF on the newest mirrorless may be that EF glass with IS may not get the additive benefits of IBIS of the R5/R6. But on a lens like this, that's not an issue.
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This lens has been hovering around $600 on Amazon (at least the Canon version). I can't think of a wide full frame zoom that starts at 18mm. At least not for Canon, which I don't think has an 18mm prime option, even. The closest would be the 17-40mm f4, which slower, much older, and almost certainly softer than this lens.
Man, you guys have developmental problems? I obviously mean if you don't plan to always use this lens at 16mm then get a lens that's sharper at 18mm wide open (as an example since its an easy to find focal range that's still really wide).
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Quote from Kithkin :
This lens has been hovering around $600 on Amazon (at least the Canon version). If I hadn't picked up a 14mm 2.8 prime I'd probably jump on this. Tempted to get it anyway and sell the 14mm. 14mm is wider than I typically need and I sold my 5DS to move to the R6 and won't have the resolution to spare anymore.



I can't think of a wide full frame zoom that starts at 18mm. At least not for Canon, which I don't think has an 18mm prime option, even. The closest would be the 17-40mm f4, which slower, much older, and almost certainly softer than this lens.



From the Canon side of things, the EF/RF adapter has been perfect. My only RF glass is the 35mm, and Eye-AF works great on all my EF lenses on my RP.

Only issue using EF on the newest mirrorless may be that EF glass with IS may not get the additive benefits of IBIS of the R5/R6. But on a lens like this, that's not an issue.
If you swapped your Canon 14mm for this Tokina you'd gain the focus range, but also gain weight and lose sharpness.

That canon 14mm is expensive though.

I understand your temptation.

I hate selling my lenses that were bought new. I sold my Tokina 11-16 to get the nikon 20mm 1.8 and have always regretted it.
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Man, you guys have developmental problems? I obviously mean if you don't plan to always use this lens at 16mm then get a lens that's sharper at 18mm wide open (as an example since its an easy to find focal range that's still really wide).
You're getting downvoted because you don't provide a specific alternative or examples. You just make the assertion that 18mm is generally sharper than 16mm. That may be true for theoretical lenses when everything else is equal, but isn't relevant unless you have an example of another zoom lens that starts at 18mm, is sharper, and is in the same price tier.

If you had been like: "18mm generally have better center sharpness, so skip this and spend the extra $200 on the Nikon 18-35 f4 if you don't need the extra 2mm or the extra stop" I doubt anyone would have downvoted you.
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If you swapped your Canon 14mm for this Tokina you'd gain the focus range, but also gain weight and lose sharpness.

That canon 14mm is expensive though.
I wish. Ironically, I should have been more specific, but was too lazy to look up how to spell Yongnuo.

I don't go wide often enough to justify the Canon version, so I gambled with the Yongnuo 14mm f2.8 and I'm happy with it. The Tokina isn't that much heavier, but it's still probably less sharp since it's not a prime.

I bought the 14mm on discount, so I could probably get pretty close to what I paid for it on eBay.
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Quote from Kithkin :
You're getting downvoted because you don't provide a specific alternative or examples. You just make the assertion that 18mm is generally sharper than 16mm. That may be true for theoretical lenses when everything else is equal, but isn't relevant unless you have an example of another zoom lens that starts at 18mm, is sharper, and is in the same price tier.

If you had been like: "18mm generally have better center sharpness, so skip this and spend the extra $200 on the Nikon 18-35 f4 if you don't need the extra 2mm or the extra stop" I doubt anyone would have downvoted you.

I wish. Ironically, I should have been more specific, but was too lazy to look up how to spell Yongnuo.

I don't go wide often enough to justify the Canon version, so I gambled with the Yongnuo 14mm f2.8 and I'm happy with it. The Tokina isn't that much heavier, but it's still probably less sharp since it's not a prime.

I bought the 14mm on discount, so I could probably get pretty close to what I paid for it on eBay.
Ive tried some yongnuo and had mixed luck with them..theyre cheap enough to try for sure and a bargain for the $. One of mine had to be reconnected intermittently to autofocus.
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