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Tokina11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X 116 Pro DX Autofocus Lens for Nikon DX-Format DSLRs
 
4.7

(based on 534 reviews)

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    (397)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (112)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (355)
  • Strong construction (342)
  • Durable (312)
  • Consistent output (263)
  • Easily interchangeable (196)

Cons

  • Heavy (99)
  • Slow focus (14)
  • Tough to attach (13)
  • Blurry focus (7)
  • Poor in low light (7)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (364)
  • Low light (262)
  • Night photography (183)
  • Weddings (112)
  • Video (40)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (217), Semi-pro photographer (120), Enthusiast (51), Pro photographer (45), Casual photographer (40)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (300), Yes (14)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Wonderful lens for special effects

Even though it's a really wide lens, the 11-16 doesn't shine when you "get it all in" in a really wide vista, but rather when you have something in the...Read complete review

Even though it's a really wide lens, the 11-16 doesn't shine when you "get it all in" in a really wide vista, but rather when you have something in the foreground that is set against a background that is rendered "too small".

That said, the lens is only a teeny bit soft at f2.8 (TOTALLY useable though) and sharpens up nicely already at f4. f5.6 and f8 are just great, no reason to shoot beyond that, as diffraction sets in as early as f11. Distortion is well controlled, there is no problem with falloff from f4 on (even at f2.8 I don't notice it in many photos).

All in all, this is a really sharp lens that takes great photos. You need to come up with new ways to shoot with a lens like this, but it's so much fun to be stretched like this. It's built like a tank (much more solid than the competing lenses from Sigma and Tamron, very much like the Tokina 12-24 f4, too. It's not a great big zoom range, so if you want a lens that strays from wide into semi-"normal" territory... this isn't it. If you want great ultra-wide images, it is.

The only reason I didn't give this lens five stars is that with such a small zoom range it isn't very versatile, but it's image quality is great.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Softer than expected

I will first state I am totally amateur so issues may be operator. The lens does not seem sharp. I comapared it with my 18-105 kit lens (18mm vs 16mm)and the...Read complete review

I will first state I am totally amateur so issues may be operator. The lens does not seem sharp. I comapared it with my 18-105 kit lens (18mm vs 16mm)and the kit lens is much sharper. I made a few fine focus adjustments in my Nikon D-7000, will see if that improves anything.

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4.0

Excellent lens, solid build, good optics

By Chris G

from Pittsburgh, PA

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Photography

    Comments about Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X 116 Pro DX Autofocus Lens for Nikon DX-Format DSLRs:

    I bought this to use for nighttime cityscape shots, and I am not disappointed. It produces clean, crisp images in low light, and it does what I want when I use it. Flare is an issue in bright sunlight, so I use the hood during the occasional day use. It is build very well, and feels solid. I am happy with this one.

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    5.0

    Worth the Price

    By N8 from Hawaii

    from Honolulu, HI

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Photography
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X 116 Pro DX Autofocus Lens for Nikon DX-Format DSLRs:

    From a entry level experience photographer, this lens has good value. i like the versatility of the zoom. Great for landscape shots.

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    4.0

    Quality and modest price

    By Gerch

    from Binghamton, NY

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X 116 Pro DX Autofocus Lens for Nikon DX-Format DSLRs:

      Used in a wedding shoot, very large wedding party. Sharper than I had anticipated, so far very happy with purchase. Looking forward to some experimentation with this lens.

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      4.0

      Great ultra wide

      By TommysG

      from Massachusetts

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X 116 Pro DX Autofocus Lens for Nikon DX-Format DSLRs:

        Works great for landscapes and any outdoor photography. I am getting quite a bit of distortion when taking images inside in close quarters as the lens tries to 'take it all in'.

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        4.0

        An Okay lens, speed is great

        By Wide Not?

        from NY Area

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Photography
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X 116 Pro DX Autofocus Lens for Nikon DX-Format DSLRs:

          Picked this lens up for the cheaper price knowing it did not have it's own motor for AF or any VR capabilities, works fine on an old D200 and D610. The speed alone, f/2.8, makes the lens totally worthwhile. Not as sharp as nikkor glass (based on one wedding shoot) but seems better than Tamron or Sigma wide zooms I've owned in the past. Be careful getting up in the sun and creating off color and very noticeable iris reflections - a standard problem with wide, even with a lens shade on. I don't get married to my equipment, they come and go as the needs arise, so I handed it to my daughter for keeps and will save up for a pricier nikkor.For indoor wides and landscapes a great buy. You can get up very close and have nice Depth of Field stopped down, or go for unfocused backgrounds wide open. Wished to do some night sky but didn't have the time before it parted for the west coast.

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          4.0

          Tokina 11-16 f/2/8

          By cjacl

          from Pennsylvania

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Photography

            Comments about Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X 116 Pro DX Autofocus Lens for Nikon DX-Format DSLRs:

            I do a lot of landscape and event photos. This lens perfectly rounds out my mid range lens collection. Fast enough to pull lower light shots...my favorites.

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            5.0

            Obsessed!

            By Sommer

            from Stillwater

            Comments about Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X 116 Pro DX Autofocus Lens for Nikon DX-Format DSLRs:

            Just used this for the first time yesterday at a wedding! Obsessed! Great, crisp photos! Highly suggest this lens!

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            5.0

            Solid Performer on Nkon D7000

            By LeMachine

            from Tucson, AZ

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Photography
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X 116 Pro DX Autofocus Lens for Nikon DX-Format DSLRs:

              I purchased this lens from B&H after a lot of research, while also considering the Nikon 10-24mm zoom. I will be using this lens on a Nikon D7000 for landscape, astrophotography and HDR photography. Also hoping to do some WA close-up work with lens mounted on a Nikon PK-11A (haven't tried it yet). I have been doing photography as consumer & professional for over 40 years. I also own most of Nikon fixed-length, manual focus Nikkor wide-angle lenses left over from my days shooting film with F2, F3 & FM. This is my first non-Nikon for Nikon lens purchase so I was somewhat skeptical of Tokina.

              I am very pleased with the quality build and the range of the zoom. I've had this lens for a couple weeks and I am exploring the capabilities that this lens allows for wide-angle photos. I especially like the design of the focus ring to allow quick switch between auto & manual focus.

              The lens seems sharp with fairly low distortion even at 11 mm. Color and details are crisp and focus is real quick. I think I am finding the limitations of my D7000 and have started to think about the D7100. An example of what this lens is capable of doing can be found at Flickr website.

              So far I do not have negatives to report other than:
              1) it would be great if lenses came with a case. For that, I can recommend the LowePro 9x13cm case but this case is not large enough to also hold the sunshade included with the lens.
              2) Missing a manual focus lock at infinity (especially useful at night for astrophotography).
              3) Close focus distance is less than I would like but I can live with this.

              As for B&H, the lens was shipped quickly and arrived nicely packaged without incident, as usual from B&H Photo.

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              4.0

              nice solid lens.. not great for video

              By Blue Voyage Productions

              from Savannah, GA

              About Me Pro Photographer

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              Pros

              • Durable
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction
              • Wide

              Cons

              • Soft For Video

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X 116 Pro DX Autofocus Lens for Nikon DX-Format DSLRs:

              I am using this on a Panasonic GH4 with Metabones Speedbooster. The image is great especially on a glidecam. BUT.. there is a lack of sharpness in the video. Even when it is in focus, it looks a little soft. Panasonic GH4 users are very keen on the sharpness of their camera. This lens make it a bit organic. I mount this on to a follow focus system. The manual focus ring slides in and out too quickly. It's built quality is very high. Nice solid lens.

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              3.0

              Wide Angle

              By Peets

              from Toronto

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X 116 Pro DX Autofocus Lens for Nikon DX-Format DSLRs:

              I have this lense since 3 weeks. I like the wide angle, but I am little bit disappointed about the bokeh. I expected better images. Anyway, for that price I would still recommend this lense for landscape photography.

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              2.0

              Softer than expected

              By Rbringh

              from Greenwell Springs, LA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Cons

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                    Comments about Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X 116 Pro DX Autofocus Lens for Nikon DX-Format DSLRs:

                    I will first state I am totally amateur so issues may be operator. The lens does not seem sharp. I comapared it with my 18-105 kit lens (18mm vs 16mm)and the kit lens is much sharper. I made a few fine focus adjustments in my Nikon D-7000, will see if that improves anything.

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                    4.0

                    Very Good Lens

                    By Larry

                    from Indiana

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Rugged

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery

                    Comments about Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X 116 Pro DX Autofocus Lens for Nikon DX-Format DSLRs:

                    I bought this to use for landscape shots on a trip to Peru and it was exactly what I expected.

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                    5.0

                    Best Value, A Joy To Use

                    By Jack W.

                    from Walnut Creek, CA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Affordable
                    • Excellent in low light
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Strong Construction
                    • Very Sharp

                    Cons

                    • NONE

                    Best Uses

                    • Creative compositions
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery

                    Comments about Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X 116 Pro DX Autofocus Lens for Nikon DX-Format DSLRs:

                    With the addition of this lens, I now have excellent coverage from 11 mm all the way up to 300 mm. I no longer need to crave for the FX system. This lens is so versatile and produces such startling results, that I'm now happy to stick to my Nikon DX system.

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                    5.0

                    Much better than I expected.

                    By Wizzard of Boz

                    from Annapolis Md.

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Sharp
                    • Strong Construction
                    • True Color

                    Cons

                    • None at this time

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Photography
                    • Real Estate

                    Comments about Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X 116 Pro DX Autofocus Lens for Nikon DX-Format DSLRs:

                    I have alway used nikons lenses. They are always sharper than the others on the market, but when I decided to get a wide angle zoom, I didnt want to pay $. So I thought I would give the Tokina a shot at $. Glad I did! I would say its as sharp as my nikon zooms, and the build quality is rather impressive.

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                    5.0

                    Best lens in my kit

                    By AJ

                    from Mesa, AZ

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Photography

                      Comments about Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X 116 Pro DX Autofocus Lens for Nikon DX-Format DSLRs:

                      The Tokina has nearly replaced my Nikon kit lens. My intention was to use it for some star photography, but all of that changed when I started taking some street photos. Consistently tack-sharp and quick to focus.

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                      5.0

                      All around great lens

                      By J_Photo

                      from Georgia

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X 116 Pro DX Autofocus Lens for Nikon DX-Format DSLRs:

                          This is my first wide-angle lens, and I have not been let down! The image quality is really nice, great fast 2.8 shutter, minimal to no edge blur(i actually haven't seen any yet). Love this lens.

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                          4.0

                          Sharp and Fast

                          By Condor

                          from Boston, MA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                          Pros

                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light

                            Comments about Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X 116 Pro DX Autofocus Lens for Nikon DX-Format DSLRs:

                            Works great photographing interiors of my residential rental units in the Boston, MA area. Should have made this purchase years ago instead of getting by with my Sigma 28-70 zoom.

                            I'll put it to the test next month during my two week Danube River cruise in Central Europe.Can better evaluate after more "hands on."

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                            5.0

                            Fantastic lens

                            By Jameseywamsey

                            from Buffalo, NY

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Durable
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Night Photography

                              Comments about Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X 116 Pro DX Autofocus Lens for Nikon DX-Format DSLRs:

                              Great recommendation from B&H. Looking for a wide angle lens and could not ask for anything better!!! =)

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                              4.0

                              Landscape Zoom

                              By Tim

                              from Charlotte, NC

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Night Photography

                                Comments about Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X 116 Pro DX Autofocus Lens for Nikon DX-Format DSLRs:

                                Bought the lens for landscapes. Very easy to instatll and use. Have only had it about a week but so far the pictures have been very good. Have no complaints at all at this point.

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                                4.0

                                very good ultra wide angle lens for Dx

                                By Doriani

                                from new york, NY

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                • Rugged
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Night Photography
                                  • Weddings/Events

                                  Comments about Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X 116 Pro DX Autofocus Lens for Nikon DX-Format DSLRs:

                                  I really don't think there's any other better than this one. Acceptable sharp, easy to correct distortion, relatively fast, extremely well built and good ergonomics. I gave it 4 stars but honestly, i don't think 5 stars exists in its category

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