• Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX II Digital Zoom Lens (AF-S Motor) (for Nikon)
  • Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX II Digital Zoom Lens (AF-S Motor) (for Nikon)
Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX II Digital Zoom Lens (AF-S Motor) (for Nikon)
Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX II Digital Zoom Lens (AF-S Motor) (for Nikon)

Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX II Digital Zoom Lens (AF-S Motor) (for Nikon)

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  • USA Version. 3 Year Tokina Warranty included. Intended for sale within the USA.
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22 Designed for Cameras with APS-C Sensors
  • Two Aspheric Lens Elements Two Super-Low Dispersion Lens Elements
  • Multi-Layer Coating 77mm Filter Thread

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Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DXII - Nikon D3200I am using this lens with a Nikon D3200. I shoot landscapes mostly.Firstly, if you have a DX camera (D3200, D3100, D5000, D5100, D7100, etc), this is the lens to have for wide angle. Trust me. I did a lot of research on the Sigmas, Tamrons, and others. I found this to be the best for the money and the fastest. Its also semi-compatible with full frame DSLRs. I needed a lens to replace the amazing 18-55mm Kit lens and this has passed the test for sure!Sharpness:This lens is sharp! I don't know how anyone could complain about sharpness. Even at f2.8 its sharp! I mostly shoot landscapes from F/8 - F/18.This lens is mad sharp at all apertures.Angle of View:Honestly, at first, I thought the angle of view would be even wider than it is at 11mm. But I guess I was just being irrational. 11mm is wide on this lens. Pretty much all you need for landscapes. The distortion isn't horrible and can be corrected in Lightroom.Bokeh:Bokeh isn't all that flawless on this lens. I'm talking at f2.8... It seems sorta all over the place. But it's not distracting or anything.Chromatic Aberration:One issue with shooting landscapes on my kit lens was that my shots often have trees in the white sky, this causes chromatic abberation from the contrast in dark trees against the bright sky. This lens seems to have none of that at tighter apertures. My photos look a lot more professional without the purple hue around the trees... P.S. Chromatic aberration is not always fully correctable in post.Focus Ring:Not digging the focus ring too much. When shooting landscapes, I autofocus on my focal point and then I set the lens to manual focus to shoot. Well, when pulling back on the focus ring to enter manual, I feel like it would be easy to accidentally put your camera out of focus.Focusing Motor:The DXII (this model) has an internal focus motor. Make note of that if you do not have a D7000+... The focus motor is slow, as expected from a third party lens. The sound it makes when focusing is poor. Its not incredibly loud, but the sound is.. crappy.Focusing:Ok. Next to weight, this is probably the biggest flaw of the lens. I shoot a lot of sunscape photos in low light conditions. this lens has a hard time finding focus in low light. Much harder than other lenses I have. And it will certainly aggravate you. It's not a deal breaker but I find that this is one of the worst issues with the lens.Lens Cap:I have had this camera for 2 days already and I want to burn the lens cap in a fire... Its not the fit though. It fits nicely. Way better than my sigma 70-300 lens cap. The problem is that the cap has little to no depth for your fingers on the squeeze buttons, so the cap likes to shoot out of your hand like a rocket when placing it on the lens.Weight:This has to be the worst quality of this lens. It is heavy! Its comparable to my Sigma 70-300mm telephoto. I'm not sure why a wideangle has to be so heavy but it is. I can live with it!Filters:So far, I have stacked 2 Altura 77mm ND filters on this lens and have absolutely no vingetting. I think ill try for 3 filters ;)Overall, couldn't be happier with my purchase. Its clear that Tokina cut corners on the mechanics a bit to compensate for the great optics. Thats expected with a lens of this make. BUY IT.5Tack sharp and beats competition at similar price point!Bought this as after a prolonged research for the most appropriate choice of a ultra-telephoto f/2.8 lens in my kit bag. I had considered the widely respected Nikkor 35mm, 50mm options that have wide open apertures lower than f/2, the venerable Nikkor 10.5mm fish-eye and some ultra-tele zooms like Nikkor 10-24 because of its high recommendations on several photography forums. I did not consider the Sigma 8-16 because of the aperture limitation.It was delivered the same-day - thanks to my Prime membership (Yay!). I have never ever done Night Sky Photography before. This lens basically was the motivation to do that. I picked a dark sky spot (check cleardarksky.com for a location near you) and mounted this lens on the Nikon D7100 setup on a tripod. Settings: ISO 3200-6400, Exposure lengths: 15"-25", WB: Auto-Daylight, Picture Setting: Vivid-Neutral, f/2.8, 11mm-12mm, Color temperature - Choose a cooler one, tending more towards the blues and blacks. First shot - see attachment! I cannot describe the joy of what I saw on the camera screen. Yes, there were more shots that followed. But this one was the first. A lot more shall follow.I see this camera as a multi-purpose lens for night sky photos, wide open panoramic shots, near-fisheye shots @ 11mm, low light photography @ 15-16mm etc. This one is a keeper!Pros:1) Super sharp anywhere from 12mm to 16mm. Slight vignetting at 11mm, but tolerable.2) Love the manual/auto slip ring - takes a little learning, but super effective3) No lens creep and feels very well built4) Price point - can't be beat!Cons:1) Short focal range compared to other options2) Sigma has a 8-16 that may appeal to some - more fisheye than the Tokina / eliminates need for a separate fisheye lens5WARNING - Gray market lens!!!Update - I went to register my lens for the warranty and this is what TOKINA said-"We have received your registration submission regarding your recent Tokina lens purchase. After reviewing your submission we have determined the following:- The serial number you provided, (87D1645), is not a USA Authorized Tokina lens.- The retailer, (UTM Inc.), is not an Authorized USA DealerThis means the product you purchased does not qualify for the USA 3-year warranty or any additional benefits.If you have any further questions please respond to this email.Thank you,Team Tokina BAD NEWS if you think if anything goes wrong with this lens you ll get coverage - YOU WILL NOT. THIS IS A GRAY MARKET lens and yet you wouldn t know because the description leads you to believe otherwise.So far, I ve had no issues with it, but am VERY disappointed that if anything arises I m not covered in the U.S.A. where I reside. Super disappointed to discover this in this way - wishing Amazon would nip this in the bud or force the dealers to be crystal clear. (UTM, inc. is listed as the dealer on my Amazon invoice even when I click on it today...)2Great as best I can tellI'm only just learning photography, so take my review with a grain of salt, but this seems like a great lens to me. We're selling our house, and I decided I'd like to try my hand at real estate photography; we also hired a pro, but in some cases I was able to get shots I liked better of some parts of the house. I didn't wind up taking much advantage of the high aperture on the lens, because for this application it really made sense to use a huge depth of field and have everything in focus, but the way the lens has so little distortion even close to the edges of really wide shots was extremely helpful. This is one of the photos I took with this lens, using a Nikon D3300 and a Yongnuo YN-560II flash. The angle is quite wide--the lens is opened all the way up to 11mm--but there's very little distortion even at the edges of the photo. (The version we actually used was cropped a little on the left and top, but this is the uncropped version so that you can see the edges of the sensor frame.) There are a lot of differences between my shots and the pro's, but they're not the lens's fault. I'm comfortable saying that this lens is up to the task of capturing professional-grade real estate photos.5So sharp! <3This is some fine piece of glass for its price. I mean a super wide angle lens at f/2.8 and a built in AF motor for this price is a dream.I bought this lens for a trip to Zion National Park for some nice landscapes. Paired up with my D7000 I must say that this lens produces very sharp photos. The stock 18-105mm lens just doesn't compare. With all these great features, it came with some flaws as well.First thing is the AF. This lens has some crazy back-focusing issues. Even with the AF fine tune, it just doesn't focus on the subject properly. This really only happens when shooting wide open at f2.8-3.5. Sure this is a landscape lens so you wouldn't be shooting at such a high aperture anyways, but I still don't like the idea.Another flaw was the lens flares. If you shoot landscapes at noon, you're bound to have harsh rays. And with that light, you get these ugly blotches of light in your pictures. It gets really annoying.Also with every wide angle lens you get distortion on the corners of your pictures and this lens is no exception. Of course you can always adjust that in post so it's no big deal.Overall this is a pretty good lens that produces sharp images and is really good deal for what you get. As long as you avoid midday sun and don't shoot too much at 2.8 then this lens is an excellent choice for the average photographer!4New Favorite Lens!This won't be a 'professional photographer' review. I just wanted to say that my wife was a little skeptical when I bought her this non-Nikon lens to add to her line-up of all Nikon equipment. Within a day or two she became a real Tokina fan! She LOVES loves loves this lens. Easily her favorite. From manufacture quality to picture quality and everything else, she couldn't be more satisfied and pleased! For context, she is much less enthusiastic about one or two other highly-rated Nikkor lenses in her bag, and had to return one due to quality, so she isn't necessarily an "I love everything" person!If you are serious or semi-serious about photography, but your budget isn't unlimited and you have to make the occasional compromise, I think you will be very happy with this purchase!5Compared to the Nikon 10-24, this lens is the clear winner (if you don't need the range.)I first used a DX wide angle years ago at my old job - the Nikon 12-24 f/4. Loved that lens, even at 12mm f/4.So last summer when I was shopping for a DX WA of my own, the Nikon 10-24 3.5-4.5 seemed like a no brainer. I figured I would use it mostly wide open at 10mm, so the slightly larger aperture and wider end seemed like a step up. However, after using it for a while I was never really happy with the sharpness of the images my copy delivered. It was good but not great (I use WA's to feature a subject prominently in the frame, not for landscapes, so I like to shoot close to wide open if possible.)I didn't have access to the Nikon 12-24 f/4 anymore to compare to, but after discovering the Tokina 11-16 f/2.8, I decided to look into the Tokina 11-16 as a possible replacement.After almost a year and a lot of research, I decided to go for a Tokina 11-16. Since I still had the 10-24, I did tripod comparisons with a remote shutter, comparing the lenses at 11mm f/3.5, 11mm f/5.6, 11mm f/8, 16mm f/4, 16mm f/5.6, 16mm f/8 from exactly the same position, without moving the tripod.In every shot comparison the Tokina images at 100% were obviously sharper than the Nikon images - just as I suspected, and as my research suggested. Wonderful! Now, I may have received a great copy of the Tokina, and had a not-so-great copy of the Nikon. But in my real-world tests using the Nikon previously, I never thought the sharpness was "bad" - just not amazing. And I always wondered if starting at f/2.8 meant a sharper f/8 when I got there. The answer for me is: it does. This Tokina's sharpness is great! As a bonus, I get f/2.8 throughout the limited range if I need it.So, in summary...TOKINA 11-16 PROS:- Sharp. Sharper than the Nikon 10-24 between 11-16mm and f/4-8.- Fast. Option of using f/2.8 throughout the range.- Solid. This lens feels pro grade and the Nikon feels plasticky.- Price! Remarkably, this lens is currently $200 less expensive brand new then the Nikon 10-24 is, brand new.TOKINA 11-16 CONS:- Range. Less range than the 10-24. Sometimes being able to go to 24mm was handy and meant I wouldn't need to swap lenses.TOKINA 11-16 NEUTRAL:- Color/Contrast. Color overall seems better delivered on the Nikon. Although to be fair, I didn't test for this (i.e. used AWB in all shots.) Contrast seems to be about the same as the Nikon.As a final note, I was concerned that the Auto Distortion Control menu option on my Nikon DSLR would be greyed out with the Tokina 11-16 as it is with my old discontinued Tokina 50-135. But the answer is, it is not! The camera recognizes the lens for Auto Distortion Control. Meaning I can get straight lines SOOC just like I did with the Nikon lens. Very convenient if you're like me and try to get as much right as possible in the camera to avoid post processing.5Great build quality and very sharp! Some limitations...(This item was sold by Web Offers and fulfilled by Amazon, and it came with the full 3-year US warranty card. Me likey.)This lens is my first lens purchase after getting my D3300 kit. I got this mainly to use for capturing the night sky, so I valued its wide aperture of f2.8 and its wide angle of 11mm (effectively 16.5mm on my APS-C sensor). I brought it up into the Los Angeles mountains for a night shoot of the Geminid meteor shower, and it performed beautifully!I did a lot of research before buying this lens so I knew what to expect, but some people may be surprised by certain limitations of this Tokina lens.- Chromatic Aberration is pretty pronounced everywhere except the center, but nothing post processing can't fix.- Coma/Astigmatism is bad towards the edges, but apparently people agree that it's better than most. Very visible on stars.- Lens flare is HORRIBLE. Any source of light is going to cause intense flare.- Autofocus is fast, however not always accurate as it often lands at different spots for the same composition.This is my first wide angle so I'm a little disappointed by the above, however seeing as it's considered normal for these type of lenses I'm not going to count it against Tokina. Autofocus is not important for night shots since it won't autofocus with such little light anyway. The lens flare however is considered worse than normal on the Tokina so I'm taking off a star.Overall this is a great lens with great build quality, and pretty much the only option for a fast wide-angle crop sensor lens. Understand its limitations and you'll be happy.4Sharp, but also has a few drawbacksI Don't do lens review often. Instead I made a picture comparing this lens to my other lens such as the 35mm prime and the Nikon 55-300mm. Personally, Lens sharpness is most important when deciding to buy lens for my cameras. Of course, I prefer to spend as little as possible while still getting a good sharp piece of glass.Likes-Sharp like my 35mm prime when stop down between f3.5 and f16. Images quality degrades at any f-stop below f3.5 and any f-stop above f16-Sharp at both 11mm and 16mm.-Nice wide angle considering the price for a Nikon brand-Lens Flare is not that bad. There are a few flares now and then but it won't ruin your images.Hates-Its not cheap. For this price, I expect a more efficient focus mechanism like USM or HSM-Manual Focus Clutch Ring takes too much energy to operate. Could it hurt for Tokina to use a switch like most lens nowadays?-Auto Focus is not the best but it works really well if you use a single center auto focus point on your camera. (It tells you to use the center focus point in the manual if you brother to read it). This is usually a problem for wide angle lens, so its not really a biggie.ConclusionsIts a keeper for me. If you got anything less, send it back for another sample. Its also a tiny bit more heavy than my 55-300mm lens. IS, VR or OS that reduces blurry shots are not really needed on this lens due to the short focal length. Distortions comes with the territory but can be corrected in post process. Chromatic Aberration are barely noticeable. At f2.8, its still produce good images as you can tell from the test image I uploaded below. The zoom range is not that useful. In my opinion, they could have made this a fixed prime lens and drop the price a little. The test image I uploaded below compares 3 of my lens center sharpness across various apertures. Shot at ISO 400 using Nikon D7200 with a custom white balance. No retouch was done except cropping. You can also see how each lens has color variations even though the white balance remains the same.4Highly Recommended! I should have gotten this a little sooner. There were a lot of wide angles that i could have considered but the Tokina was clearly the winner. I am choosy person and i made sure that i check out the reviews, sample images and buyer comments before purchasing. So here are my pros, cons and tips.Pros:Very Wide - I mostly use 11mm a lot to get a good coverage.Very Sharp - @ f/2.8 is sharp and it's even sharper on the corners if stopped down to f/8.Very Solid - It's a heavy lens and well built.Cons:Auto/Manual Focus Switch - I don't like the idea where you have to pull back the focus ring to get to manual. Sometimes it is not evenly positioned if i pull it back and i get the feeling that i might break the focus ring.Flares - Lots of it if you have the sun on your frame. Very hard to remove sometimes in post editing. Some flares are worth keeping.Auto Focus - It hunts a lot in low light and i just switch to manual if i could not get it to focus.Asides from the cons, the Tokina renders good colors and contrast. Also be sure to get a screw on ND Filter and Polarizing Filter. These two are the most essential filters that i could not live without. I had this for almost a month and it is now my main lens for landscape photography. I recommend this to anyone who wants an affordable UWA lens. Enjoy and have fun shooting. 4Wonderful value and great performance!Firstly, I definitely recommend getting this lens. It has great build quality and works well with lens filters.Some people have been saying they're getting gray market Lenses that aren't covered by warranty. I purchased mine from the seller "TheCameraBox" and it's not gray market and is under warranty in the USA.I'm leaving some of my favorite pictures I've taken with it from the last 8 months. If anyone wants to "pixel peep" I've uploaded the full resolution images to: imgur (dot) com/a/iL9Yi6i5
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Description
  • USA Version. 3 Year Tokina Warranty included. Intended for sale within the USA.
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22 Designed for Cameras with APS-C Sensors
  • Two Aspheric Lens Elements Two Super-Low Dispersion Lens Elements
  • Multi-Layer Coating 77mm Filter Thread
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Customer Reviews

Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DXII - Nikon D3200I am using this lens with a Nikon D3200. I shoot landscapes mostly.Firstly, if you have a DX camera (D3200, D3100, D5000, D5100, D7100, etc), this is the lens to have for wide angle. Trust me. I did a lot of research on the Sigmas, Tamrons, and others. I found this to be the best for the money and the fastest. Its also semi-compatible with full frame DSLRs. I needed a lens to replace the amazing 18-55mm Kit lens and this has passed the test for sure!Sharpness:This lens is sharp! I don't know how anyone could complain about sharpness. Even at f2.8 its sharp! I mostly shoot landscapes from F/8 - F/18.This lens is mad sharp at all apertures.Angle of View:Honestly, at first, I thought the angle of view would be even wider than it is at 11mm. But I guess I was just being irrational. 11mm is wide on this lens. Pretty much all you need for landscapes. The distortion isn't horrible and can be corrected in Lightroom.Bokeh:Bokeh isn't all that flawless on this lens. I'm talking at f2.8... It seems sorta all over the place. But it's not distracting or anything.Chromatic Aberration:One issue with shooting landscapes on my kit lens was that my shots often have trees in the white sky, this causes chromatic abberation from the contrast in dark trees against the bright sky. This lens seems to have none of that at tighter apertures. My photos look a lot more professional without the purple hue around the trees... P.S. Chromatic aberration is not always fully correctable in post.Focus Ring:Not digging the focus ring too much. When shooting landscapes, I autofocus on my focal point and then I set the lens to manual focus to shoot. Well, when pulling back on the focus ring to enter manual, I feel like it would be easy to accidentally put your camera out of focus.Focusing Motor:The DXII (this model) has an internal focus motor. Make note of that if you do not have a D7000+... The focus motor is slow, as expected from a third party lens. The sound it makes when focusing is poor. Its not incredibly loud, but the sound is.. crappy.Focusing:Ok. Next to weight, this is probably the biggest flaw of the lens. I shoot a lot of sunscape photos in low light conditions. this lens has a hard time finding focus in low light. Much harder than other lenses I have. And it will certainly aggravate you. It's not a deal breaker but I find that this is one of the worst issues with the lens.Lens Cap:I have had this camera for 2 days already and I want to burn the lens cap in a fire... Its not the fit though. It fits nicely. Way better than my sigma 70-300 lens cap. The problem is that the cap has little to no depth for your fingers on the squeeze buttons, so the cap likes to shoot out of your hand like a rocket when placing it on the lens.Weight:This has to be the worst quality of this lens. It is heavy! Its comparable to my Sigma 70-300mm telephoto. I'm not sure why a wideangle has to be so heavy but it is. I can live with it!Filters:So far, I have stacked 2 Altura 77mm ND filters on this lens and have absolutely no vingetting. I think ill try for 3 filters ;)Overall, couldn't be happier with my purchase. Its clear that Tokina cut corners on the mechanics a bit to compensate for the great optics. Thats expected with a lens of this make. BUY IT.5Tack sharp and beats competition at similar price point!Bought this as after a prolonged research for the most appropriate choice of a ultra-telephoto f/2.8 lens in my kit bag. I had considered the widely respected Nikkor 35mm, 50mm options that have wide open apertures lower than f/2, the venerable Nikkor 10.5mm fish-eye and some ultra-tele zooms like Nikkor 10-24 because of its high recommendations on several photography forums. I did not consider the Sigma 8-16 because of the aperture limitation.It was delivered the same-day - thanks to my Prime membership (Yay!). I have never ever done Night Sky Photography before. This lens basically was the motivation to do that. I picked a dark sky spot (check cleardarksky.com for a location near you) and mounted this lens on the Nikon D7100 setup on a tripod. Settings: ISO 3200-6400, Exposure lengths: 15"-25", WB: Auto-Daylight, Picture Setting: Vivid-Neutral, f/2.8, 11mm-12mm, Color temperature - Choose a cooler one, tending more towards the blues and blacks. First shot - see attachment! I cannot describe the joy of what I saw on the camera screen. Yes, there were more shots that followed. But this one was the first. A lot more shall follow.I see this camera as a multi-purpose lens for night sky photos, wide open panoramic shots, near-fisheye shots @ 11mm, low light photography @ 15-16mm etc. This one is a keeper!Pros:1) Super sharp anywhere from 12mm to 16mm. Slight vignetting at 11mm, but tolerable.2) Love the manual/auto slip ring - takes a little learning, but super effective3) No lens creep and feels very well built4) Price point - can't be beat!Cons:1) Short focal range compared to other options2) Sigma has a 8-16 that may appeal to some - more fisheye than the Tokina / eliminates need for a separate fisheye lens5WARNING - Gray market lens!!!Update - I went to register my lens for the warranty and this is what TOKINA said-"We have received your registration submission regarding your recent Tokina lens purchase. After reviewing your submission we have determined the following:- The serial number you provided, (87D1645), is not a USA Authorized Tokina lens.- The retailer, (UTM Inc.), is not an Authorized USA DealerThis means the product you purchased does not qualify for the USA 3-year warranty or any additional benefits.If you have any further questions please respond to this email.Thank you,Team Tokina BAD NEWS if you think if anything goes wrong with this lens you ll get coverage - YOU WILL NOT. THIS IS A GRAY MARKET lens and yet you wouldn t know because the description leads you to believe otherwise.So far, I ve had no issues with it, but am VERY disappointed that if anything arises I m not covered in the U.S.A. where I reside. Super disappointed to discover this in this way - wishing Amazon would nip this in the bud or force the dealers to be crystal clear. (UTM, inc. is listed as the dealer on my Amazon invoice even when I click on it today...)2Great as best I can tellI'm only just learning photography, so take my review with a grain of salt, but this seems like a great lens to me. We're selling our house, and I decided I'd like to try my hand at real estate photography; we also hired a pro, but in some cases I was able to get shots I liked better of some parts of the house. I didn't wind up taking much advantage of the high aperture on the lens, because for this application it really made sense to use a huge depth of field and have everything in focus, but the way the lens has so little distortion even close to the edges of really wide shots was extremely helpful. This is one of the photos I took with this lens, using a Nikon D3300 and a Yongnuo YN-560II flash. The angle is quite wide--the lens is opened all the way up to 11mm--but there's very little distortion even at the edges of the photo. (The version we actually used was cropped a little on the left and top, but this is the uncropped version so that you can see the edges of the sensor frame.) There are a lot of differences between my shots and the pro's, but they're not the lens's fault. I'm comfortable saying that this lens is up to the task of capturing professional-grade real estate photos.5So sharp! <3This is some fine piece of glass for its price. I mean a super wide angle lens at f/2.8 and a built in AF motor for this price is a dream.I bought this lens for a trip to Zion National Park for some nice landscapes. Paired up with my D7000 I must say that this lens produces very sharp photos. The stock 18-105mm lens just doesn't compare. With all these great features, it came with some flaws as well.First thing is the AF. This lens has some crazy back-focusing issues. Even with the AF fine tune, it just doesn't focus on the subject properly. This really only happens when shooting wide open at f2.8-3.5. Sure this is a landscape lens so you wouldn't be shooting at such a high aperture anyways, but I still don't like the idea.Another flaw was the lens flares. If you shoot landscapes at noon, you're bound to have harsh rays. And with that light, you get these ugly blotches of light in your pictures. It gets really annoying.Also with every wide angle lens you get distortion on the corners of your pictures and this lens is no exception. Of course you can always adjust that in post so it's no big deal.Overall this is a pretty good lens that produces sharp images and is really good deal for what you get. As long as you avoid midday sun and don't shoot too much at 2.8 then this lens is an excellent choice for the average photographer!4New Favorite Lens!This won't be a 'professional photographer' review. I just wanted to say that my wife was a little skeptical when I bought her this non-Nikon lens to add to her line-up of all Nikon equipment. Within a day or two she became a real Tokina fan! She LOVES loves loves this lens. Easily her favorite. From manufacture quality to picture quality and everything else, she couldn't be more satisfied and pleased! For context, she is much less enthusiastic about one or two other highly-rated Nikkor lenses in her bag, and had to return one due to quality, so she isn't necessarily an "I love everything" person!If you are serious or semi-serious about photography, but your budget isn't unlimited and you have to make the occasional compromise, I think you will be very happy with this purchase!5Compared to the Nikon 10-24, this lens is the clear winner (if you don't need the range.)I first used a DX wide angle years ago at my old job - the Nikon 12-24 f/4. Loved that lens, even at 12mm f/4.So last summer when I was shopping for a DX WA of my own, the Nikon 10-24 3.5-4.5 seemed like a no brainer. I figured I would use it mostly wide open at 10mm, so the slightly larger aperture and wider end seemed like a step up. However, after using it for a while I was never really happy with the sharpness of the images my copy delivered. It was good but not great (I use WA's to feature a subject prominently in the frame, not for landscapes, so I like to shoot close to wide open if possible.)I didn't have access to the Nikon 12-24 f/4 anymore to compare to, but after discovering the Tokina 11-16 f/2.8, I decided to look into the Tokina 11-16 as a possible replacement.After almost a year and a lot of research, I decided to go for a Tokina 11-16. Since I still had the 10-24, I did tripod comparisons with a remote shutter, comparing the lenses at 11mm f/3.5, 11mm f/5.6, 11mm f/8, 16mm f/4, 16mm f/5.6, 16mm f/8 from exactly the same position, without moving the tripod.In every shot comparison the Tokina images at 100% were obviously sharper than the Nikon images - just as I suspected, and as my research suggested. Wonderful! Now, I may have received a great copy of the Tokina, and had a not-so-great copy of the Nikon. But in my real-world tests using the Nikon previously, I never thought the sharpness was "bad" - just not amazing. And I always wondered if starting at f/2.8 meant a sharper f/8 when I got there. The answer for me is: it does. This Tokina's sharpness is great! As a bonus, I get f/2.8 throughout the limited range if I need it.So, in summary...TOKINA 11-16 PROS:- Sharp. Sharper than the Nikon 10-24 between 11-16mm and f/4-8.- Fast. Option of using f/2.8 throughout the range.- Solid. This lens feels pro grade and the Nikon feels plasticky.- Price! Remarkably, this lens is currently $200 less expensive brand new then the Nikon 10-24 is, brand new.TOKINA 11-16 CONS:- Range. Less range than the 10-24. Sometimes being able to go to 24mm was handy and meant I wouldn't need to swap lenses.TOKINA 11-16 NEUTRAL:- Color/Contrast. Color overall seems better delivered on the Nikon. Although to be fair, I didn't test for this (i.e. used AWB in all shots.) Contrast seems to be about the same as the Nikon.As a final note, I was concerned that the Auto Distortion Control menu option on my Nikon DSLR would be greyed out with the Tokina 11-16 as it is with my old discontinued Tokina 50-135. But the answer is, it is not! The camera recognizes the lens for Auto Distortion Control. Meaning I can get straight lines SOOC just like I did with the Nikon lens. Very convenient if you're like me and try to get as much right as possible in the camera to avoid post processing.5Great build quality and very sharp! Some limitations...(This item was sold by Web Offers and fulfilled by Amazon, and it came with the full 3-year US warranty card. Me likey.)This lens is my first lens purchase after getting my D3300 kit. I got this mainly to use for capturing the night sky, so I valued its wide aperture of f2.8 and its wide angle of 11mm (effectively 16.5mm on my APS-C sensor). I brought it up into the Los Angeles mountains for a night shoot of the Geminid meteor shower, and it performed beautifully!I did a lot of research before buying this lens so I knew what to expect, but some people may be surprised by certain limitations of this Tokina lens.- Chromatic Aberration is pretty pronounced everywhere except the center, but nothing post processing can't fix.- Coma/Astigmatism is bad towards the edges, but apparently people agree that it's better than most. Very visible on stars.- Lens flare is HORRIBLE. Any source of light is going to cause intense flare.- Autofocus is fast, however not always accurate as it often lands at different spots for the same composition.This is my first wide angle so I'm a little disappointed by the above, however seeing as it's considered normal for these type of lenses I'm not going to count it against Tokina. Autofocus is not important for night shots since it won't autofocus with such little light anyway. The lens flare however is considered worse than normal on the Tokina so I'm taking off a star.Overall this is a great lens with great build quality, and pretty much the only option for a fast wide-angle crop sensor lens. Understand its limitations and you'll be happy.4Sharp, but also has a few drawbacksI Don't do lens review often. Instead I made a picture comparing this lens to my other lens such as the 35mm prime and the Nikon 55-300mm. Personally, Lens sharpness is most important when deciding to buy lens for my cameras. Of course, I prefer to spend as little as possible while still getting a good sharp piece of glass.Likes-Sharp like my 35mm prime when stop down between f3.5 and f16. Images quality degrades at any f-stop below f3.5 and any f-stop above f16-Sharp at both 11mm and 16mm.-Nice wide angle considering the price for a Nikon brand-Lens Flare is not that bad. There are a few flares now and then but it won't ruin your images.Hates-Its not cheap. For this price, I expect a more efficient focus mechanism like USM or HSM-Manual Focus Clutch Ring takes too much energy to operate. Could it hurt for Tokina to use a switch like most lens nowadays?-Auto Focus is not the best but it works really well if you use a single center auto focus point on your camera. (It tells you to use the center focus point in the manual if you brother to read it). This is usually a problem for wide angle lens, so its not really a biggie.ConclusionsIts a keeper for me. If you got anything less, send it back for another sample. Its also a tiny bit more heavy than my 55-300mm lens. IS, VR or OS that reduces blurry shots are not really needed on this lens due to the short focal length. Distortions comes with the territory but can be corrected in post process. Chromatic Aberration are barely noticeable. At f2.8, its still produce good images as you can tell from the test image I uploaded below. The zoom range is not that useful. In my opinion, they could have made this a fixed prime lens and drop the price a little. The test image I uploaded below compares 3 of my lens center sharpness across various apertures. Shot at ISO 400 using Nikon D7200 with a custom white balance. No retouch was done except cropping. You can also see how each lens has color variations even though the white balance remains the same.4Highly Recommended! I should have gotten this a little sooner. There were a lot of wide angles that i could have considered but the Tokina was clearly the winner. I am choosy person and i made sure that i check out the reviews, sample images and buyer comments before purchasing. So here are my pros, cons and tips.Pros:Very Wide - I mostly use 11mm a lot to get a good coverage.Very Sharp - @ f/2.8 is sharp and it's even sharper on the corners if stopped down to f/8.Very Solid - It's a heavy lens and well built.Cons:Auto/Manual Focus Switch - I don't like the idea where you have to pull back the focus ring to get to manual. Sometimes it is not evenly positioned if i pull it back and i get the feeling that i might break the focus ring.Flares - Lots of it if you have the sun on your frame. Very hard to remove sometimes in post editing. Some flares are worth keeping.Auto Focus - It hunts a lot in low light and i just switch to manual if i could not get it to focus.Asides from the cons, the Tokina renders good colors and contrast. Also be sure to get a screw on ND Filter and Polarizing Filter. These two are the most essential filters that i could not live without. I had this for almost a month and it is now my main lens for landscape photography. I recommend this to anyone who wants an affordable UWA lens. Enjoy and have fun shooting. 4Wonderful value and great performance!Firstly, I definitely recommend getting this lens. It has great build quality and works well with lens filters.Some people have been saying they're getting gray market Lenses that aren't covered by warranty. I purchased mine from the seller "TheCameraBox" and it's not gray market and is under warranty in the USA.I'm leaving some of my favorite pictures I've taken with it from the last 8 months. If anyone wants to "pixel peep" I've uploaded the full resolution images to: imgur (dot) com/a/iL9Yi6i5
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