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A Defective Tokina AT-X 116 PRO 11-16mm Lens

I ordered a Tokina AT-X 116 PRO 11-16mm Lens for my customer few days ago.

As usual, I check every unit of lens before sending out to my customer. To my dismay, I found the Tokina AT-X 116 PRO 11-16mm Lens that I received on 13th March 2008 (Thursday) is defective. There are some defect or weird pattern on the front element coating. I showed it to my wife and she agreed on the “butterfly” pattern.

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The defect is actually quite hard to notice, unless you put it under the correct light angle.

The photo below is under a slightly different angle (see the lens hood angle is different), and you can’t really see or detect the “butterfly” defect:

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Here’s a closeup of the butterfly:

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For me, it is NOT acceptable, though unlikely the defect is going to be shown on the final image.

Since my customer trusted on me on getting a good copy of Tokina lens, so I always put myself in my customer’s shoe. If I have to pay $$$ for a lens, I would expect it to be “perfect” or “near perfect”. Since I can’t accept this kind of defect myself, so I rejected the lens and returned it to my supplier. I shall receive a replacement on Tuesday or Wednesday.

My apologize to my customer for the delay of delivery by extra few days… 🙁

Yes, I sell the lens at ShaShinKi.com. The Tokina AT-X 116 PRO 11-16mm Lens can be ordered at:

http://shashinki.com/shop/…t-x+116&x=0&y=0

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