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Ideal filter(s) for the Tokina 11-16mm

Dale Maribao , Feb 11, 2010; 04:30 p.m.

I have recently bought an entry level Nikon D5000 and bought the Tokina 11-16mm wide angle lens. Any advice on what type of filter(s) should I pair it with? I have on order a Hoya UV MC but not sure if a CPL is ideal for this type of lens. Any suggestions out there from you experts is appreciated. Thanks.


Hector Javkin , Feb 11, 2010; 05:03 p.m.

I assume you're thinking of a protective filter. On this lens, the hood offers so little protection, because it has to be shallow for the wide angle, that a protective filter seems desirable. However, any filter you put on is going to put a piece of glass further out from that same shallow hood, so that it is more vulnerable to stray light. I wound up not putting any filter. If you insist, get the thinnest one that's most resistant to flare. Bob Atkins, both somewhere on photo.net and on his own web site, reports on his tests of the resistance of different filters to flare. Follow his findings. Don't have time to find them for you, but it's not hard.

Curt Wiler , Feb 11, 2010; 05:21 p.m.

Frankly, the "ideal" filter is no filter. That said, is there a compelling reason to use one?

JDM von Weinberg , Feb 11, 2010; 06:10 p.m.

Polarizer value on such wide lenses is not so great. It would help some with reflections off non-metallic surfaces, but will not be effective for "sky darkening" at the widest setting.

Jim Momary , Feb 11, 2010; 06:13 p.m.

filter ... no filter ... filter ... no filter ...
The argument will never end. In cases of possible damage, blowing sand, fluids at parties, kids with flying gumdrops I use a protective filter. Otherwise I do not. My choice, my funeral. Since 1969 I've never scratched a lens. Just make sure it is thin and multi-coated. Thin to avoid vignetting and multi-coated to attempt to surpress reflections, ghosts and flares, etc.

I luv my polarizer and use it every chance I get for landscapes to darken skies and kill reflections to up color and contrast. HOWEVER, with an 11-16mm you must be careful when the sky is in the photo. That lens will encompasss so much sky that you'll see uneven polarization and a kind of crummy effect. The filter darkens skies only in a band that's 90 degrees away from the sun.
Below is an example of uneven plolarization, note the band in the sky
Happy shooting.

Uneven Maine sky with polarizer (22mm lens focal lt.)

Dale Maribao , Feb 12, 2010; 12:59 a.m.

Thanks everybody for the advices regarding the use of filters in Tokina 11-16mm. I guess for now, I'll just live with the filter I've already ordered (Hoya Super HMC UV 77mm).

ted Rarer , Feb 12, 2010; 02:11 a.m.

I don't have the Tokina 11-16, I use Nikon's 10-24. I disagree about polarizers and use them regularly. I like what they do with foliage and water. I also rarely use graduated ND's and a Singh-Ray Blue-Gold Polarizer. Since the Tokina isn't as wide as the Nikon and both use 77mm thread, you shouldn't have a problem. When I can, I get thin mounts for this lens.

Oskar Ojala , Feb 12, 2010; 03:08 p.m.

I use a Hoya HMC on mine. The front element is so exposed that I easily got dirt and marks on it, so now I use the filter. I only take it off when I'm shooting into the sun.

Dale Maribao , Feb 14, 2010; 09:38 a.m.

I started to think of mounting any type filter to the Tokina 11-16 because everytime I place the lens cap, it always knocks the surface of the lens when you attempt to place the cap. The gripping surface of the lens cap is too small. When you try to pinch the slots for the thumb and forefinger, it always makes it wanna pop out of your hands knocking the front of the lens. Also, I have yet to figure out how to remove the lens hood.

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