My name is Amal De Silva. I am based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. I can introduce myself as a freelance photographer who loves do travel, landscape, architecture & interior photography.
When I started photography I had only 18-55mm lens and used it around one year for my landscape photography. 18mm focal length wasn't wide enough. So I was looking for a ultra wide angle lens and I bought a AT-X 116 PRO DX II for my entry level DSLR camera. I was pleased with the results. Colors and the sharpness produced with the Tokina lens was great.
Eventually I got my first assignment to shoot exterior and interior of a Villa. That's how I got into architecture & interior photography. I have never shot hotel interior before this assignment so I was nervous about it. My concern was whether the focal length would be enough to photograph the interior. The 11mm to 16mm focal length range was more than enough to capture all the interior of this small Villa. The Lens passed the tight space shooting test.
Then I was able to work with architectures to shoot their new projects too. Vertical and horizontal lines are another major point when shooting architectural and interior photography. Lines should be straight otherwise it's not a complete photograph. Low distortion performance of the Tokina Wide angle lens save my time by doing small distortion corrections.
When Tokina released the new Tokina atx-i lens lineup, I was able to upgrade from AT-X 116 PRO DX II to atx-i 11-16mm F2.8 CF model. When comparing both 11-16mm lenses there wasn't a huge difference but I saw some improvement in sharpness, autofocus and distortion, which are important things for me.
When shooting for hotel interior, image quality is key. Color fringing, distortion, softness of the edges are affecting the quality of an image. But with the new atx-i 11-16mm F2.8 CF I didn't see much of these issues in my images.
Overall experience shooting hotel interior with Tokina atx-i 11-16mm F2.8 CF are as below:
Amal De Silva