So I was walking through the Saint Louis Zoo the other day, and I turned around to witness the strange Arbusian scene of a little girl trying to coax a small flock of exotic birds to be her friend. After taking the picture above, I started to think about how really strange the whole zoo environment is, with all of the animals tidily on display for their (often disgusting) human counterparts to look at, all wild-eyed. The zoo is a fantastically odd place, and I tried to snap a few photos that relayed this feeling that I was having at the time. Enjoy.
All Nikon D50 with Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-x pro lens.
This lens rocks! If you are looking for an extremely functional, yet relatively inexpensive DX lens, in the wide-angle territory, then look no further. Tokina was created by a group of Nikon lens designers who broke away from the camera giant to start a little business of their own. This background shows in nearly all of the lenses available in the Tokina catalog, making it a leader in quality among the third-party lens manufacturers. However, this lens, in particular, demonstrates the best possible mix of affordability, build quality, and optical performance that I have yet seen, even from Tokina. I would not hesitate to own this lens, whether you are traditionally a Nikon purest (like me) or not.
That said, I don’t use this lens a terrible awful lot, and that’s because this lens (and all wide angles, in my opinion) requires a certain sort of shot before it comes out of the camera bag. What I mean is that, I often will only pull this lens out when I am shooting large groups, or when I want a certain “look”. However, I don’t hesitate ever attaching this lens in those situations because it really is a stellar performer.
In terms of its competition, the Nikkor 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G gives a broader range but is about $150-200 more expensive and a little slower, the Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 is the same price and slightly wider but is way slower, and the Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 gives a broader range and is cheaper by about $200 but is slower and has been shown to be way less sharp.
All shots Nikon D300 with Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G lens.
More pics and stats after the jump–>