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For a night visit to the Alhambra (one of the most beautiful places in the world; it happens to be in my home town of Granada, Spain), I decided to take stills instead of shooting video. First time I do this in maybe 3 years!

And it was the perfect excuse to test the Tokina 11-16mm on a full frame body (in this case, a borrowed 5D Mark II). That's an awesome rectilinear ultra-wide-angle lens: sharp, fast, really wide but with almost no distortion. And although it is designed for APS-C sensors, it works on full frame cameras too, albeit only as a 16mm prime (if you zoom in, it starts to show a hard vignette; you can see it on one of the pictures down here, I didn't notice the zoom ring had moved a bit and took that one at 14mm).

I'm very happy with the results. The full-size stills are somewhat soft, but a downscale to 1920x1280 results in very pleasing images; too ackward for the site, though, so what I show you here are 25% downscales.

It would not be easy to find a 16mm prime with this image quality for a similar price. The closest thing would be the Samyang 14mm f/2.8, but that one has ugly mustache distortion on full frame. In any case, lens sharpness ended up being secondary here, since there was so little light and I often had to shoot at 1/15s and ISO 3200. Handheld, and with no IS, so, yes, most of the blurriness you may find below is my fault, not Tokina's.

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