Weeping Norway Spruce Pine Cone
Taken at about minimum focus distance and maximum focal length, the image above represents the Tokina 11-16's maximum magnification. Adding the fact that this picture was taken with a wide open f/2.8 aperture means that the image above also illustrates the extent of the background blur this lens is capable of. The distance from the subject could indeed be larger, but this is not a completely-blur-the-background-away lens.
Camera and Lens Settings
16mm f/2.8 1/250s
5184 x 3456px