Dumb question: use of very wide lens?

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  1. hoboahoy

    hoboahoy TPF Noob!

    May 28, 2008
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    Hello I know this is rather a dumb question. I just got a Tokina 11-16mm lens f/2.8(for Nikon DX), and that's the only lens I own so far. Is this a good lens to own as the first lens? How can I use this lens? What is this for? Should I return it and get something else? Could you explain what I should be using this lens for?

    Excuse me for a silly question, but this lens is pretty wide, and I don't know what we are supposed to use this kind of lens for. Also it's f/2.8, so I could possible use it in poor lighting? I'm in a position of being able to return this to the shop, so if you could suggest me a better lens as my first lens, I'd appreciate your opinion. Thank you very much.

  2. SrBiscuit

    SrBiscuit TPF Noob!

    Apr 22, 2008
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    if you can afford to keep it....do.
    i would love a lens like that.

    as to whether it;s a good first lens?...it would depend on your shooting style whatnot, but i would initially say no.
    it would be better IMO to have something that offers a good range from slightly wide to tele...like the 18-55 or 18-200...
    these are my opinions of course, and im sure a good discussion will follow. :)
  3. icassell

    icassell No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Jun 7, 2008
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    Although this is an unusual choice for a first lens, it is an outstanding piece of glass. The ultrawide angle gives an interesting perspective on architecture and scenery and can make for some unusual portraits as well.

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    You are probably going to want a mid-range lens as well (17-50mm or similar range) and will probably use the mid-range more frequently, but I think you will enjoy what you have and I wouldn't get rid of it!

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