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TokinaAT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX Lens for Canon
 
4.4

(based on 64 reviews)

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    (41)

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    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (36)
  • Durable (30)
  • Consistent output (27)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (25)
  • Rugged (21)

Cons

  • Heavy (29)
  • Slow focus (6)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (54)
  • Low light (33)
  • Weddings (26)
  • Night photography (20)
  • Video (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (21), Pro photographer (19), Semi-pro photographer (18)
    • Was this a gift?:
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent Lens

I was Skeptical to stray from Canon L lenses based on reviews. I researched and researched for a wide angle Lens for my 60D that will also be compatible with the 6D when I...Read complete review

I was Skeptical to stray from Canon L lenses based on reviews. I researched and researched for a wide angle Lens for my 60D that will also be compatible with the 6D when I come up with the bread to buy it. I actually borrowed a friends 16-35mm f/2.8L II to go on a camping trip and was disappointed after I got home and found all my images soft compared to my 24-70 f/2.8 L. at first glance before buying this lens I was automatically put off for lack of filter compatibility.But later found there is a company that makes a 145mm filter adapter for it for $269.I think if I need a filter I will use one of my other lenses for now. But anyway I kept weighing choices until I decided to bite the bullet. I am both surprised and delighted in my choice. this lens is sharper than the canon 16-35 I had by far. My copy focuses fast and quiet on AF as well as my lens cap stays on tight. I did test it taking a few pictures of light to see if it flared, it did .but I bought this lens for landscape photography so that is not bothering me. I did notice while shooting landscape at dusk on aperture priority that the camera metering was under exposed between bright sky and the ground. I had to go up 2 stops to correct but no big deal to me. Also my test shots at 2.8 where a tad soft at the edges . none of this is a deal breaker based on my results with the 16-35. I think I can live with any downfalls that this lens has and use one of my other lenses in a situation that is critical for streetlamps or wanting to get that super crisp 2.8 shot..

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not Very Happy With This Lens.

I pick up this lens hoping to save some money compared to the Canon ones but after owning it for a few months I'm not overly happy with it.

I've used...Read complete review

I pick up this lens hoping to save some money compared to the Canon ones but after owning it for a few months I'm not overly happy with it.

I've used this lens for landscape shots and night shots its a sharp lens well built but the big problem is the lens flare this lens gets and you do get little dots over your images from other lights. This is fine during the day but as soon as you point it at a light it flares badly.

The focus ring doesn't fully disengage when you go from auto to manual it takes a couple of attempts.

I wouldn't recommend buying this lens if your a canon user on a budget get the 17-40 f4 lens.

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5.0

So much fun!

By countitjoy

from Huntsville, AL

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX Lens for Canon:

        Love this lens! It has been such a fun addition to my bag. Amazing quality, such a new dynamic to my typical portrait work, and has opened up new avenues of photography for me, too.

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        4.0

        Quality lens

        By Chris

        from Brookdale, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

          Cons

          • Slow Focus

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX Lens for Canon:

          Four stars based on price. Auto-focus a bit slow / inaccurate in lower light. When focus is correct, however, lens is very sharp. Does all you want an ultra wide close to do without distortion etc.

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          1.0

          defective

          By kintariah

          from 20724

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

            Comments about Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX Lens for Canon:

            First one arrived backfocusing SOOB(straight out of the box). I had to do some micro adjustment to get the center focus to a happy place.
            Did not feel comfortable with it after a while so I returned it.

            Second lens arrive and was soft all around the edges.

            Got fed up and still waiting for my refund up till now. Don't get me wrong, B&H is awesome and Tokina is definitely a competitive product. I am just saying...

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            5.0

            Spectacular and very good

            By danielyafacb

            from Lima, Peru

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Nice Bokeh

            Cons

            • Tough To Attach

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Macro Photography
            • Night Photography
            • Sports/Action
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX Lens for Canon:

            Estye product is of very good quality marriage event type, or running events. It's fast, silecioso, very good sharpness in the optical. I recommend it. the price is right

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            5.0

            Excellent quality at a surprising price.

            By Jason C

            from Puyallup, WA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Sharp
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Heavy
            • Tight zoom ring

            Best Uses

            • Architecture
            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX Lens for Canon:

            I purchased that primarily for real estate. I needed a good 16mm on my Canon 6D for small rooms, the 24-70 just wasn't cutting it. As most everyone else has noted, it's sharp out to the edges and has proven to be well up to the task of producing sharp photos for my real estate clients.

            I unexpectedly found myself using it for portraits as well. I have had a few instances where the extra wide of it helped me avoid certain obstacles while yet still capturing my subject. This was especially useful on a recent senior shoot involving an airplane. I was able to capture more detail inside an *incredibly* tight cockpit.

            The jury's still out on the unusual AF ring. Much handier when I need to switch to it, but not always a 100% smooth change over.

            Color and contrast aren't the most *outstanding* thing I've ever seen, but it's been good enough for portraiture and architecture.

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            4.0

            Fantastic lens for the money

            By Fotis

            from Athens, Greece

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX Lens for Canon:

            Bought this to replace my Canon 17-40 f4 L. IQ is visibly better especially in the corners. If you do not mind carrying a much heavier lens that does not take screw on filters you won't be dissapointed.

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            5.0

            Great product, excellent quality

            By Jose

            from Spain

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Photography

            Comments about Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX Lens for Canon:

            For landscape and urban pictures is just perfect. Sharpness is great specially at 20mm from f4 to f8

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            • No

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            5.0

            Purchased to Shoot Real Estate Marketing

            By HomeRentalPro

            from Marietta, GA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX Lens for Canon:

            For the PRICE, you can't beat this lens for a full frame camera. Using it on a 5DMIII. Small amount of light dropoff vignetting at the wide end. Sharp as a tack, great looks. Weather sealed-tight to put on and take off. Heavy lens, but worth the weight.

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            5.0

            Loving This Lens!

            By Suzanne623

            from Houston, Texas

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX Lens for Canon:

            I have only had this lens a little over a week, but so far I am VERY impressed with it! Even wide open it is still very sharp all the way through the image, with just the slightest softness at the edges. At smaller apertures it's razor sharp all the way through. I tried out several lenses before deciding on this lens, including the Canon 16-35 2.8 L, Sigma 12-24, but decided on this lens not because of price, but because of the great reviews it received. The fact that it's about one third the price of the Canon is nice, but I'd have paid the extra if it meant sharp images. I'll admit I'm a bit of an OCD pixel peeper, and this lens dazzles me with it's performance. Definitely my new best friend. It's a heavy lens, but not as heavy as my 70-200 2.8 IS. Besides, my flabby arms could use the workout.

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            5.0

            More than awesome!!

            By Arturo

            from Anthony, NM

            Comments about Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX Lens for Canon:

            I could not be happy with this lens. As a real estate broker, this lens is perfect for interior shots. The fast lens combined with sharp edges is remarkable.

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            5.0

            First Wide Angle Lens.

            By Tim

            from Philly

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Nice Bokeh

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX Lens for Canon:

              Being that this is my entry into the wide angle end of lenses, I'm finding myself using this lens as often as possible, at the moment, to get myself as familiar with it's functionality as possible.

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              4.0

              Loving It

              By S. Wass

              from New York, NY

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Blurry Focus
              • Heavy
              • Slow Focus

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX Lens for Canon:

              Awesome wide angle for my 5D mk ii. Most people think it's a fisheye because it can sometimes have that effect but otherwise photos are very clear and make people look great. It focuses quickly most of the time. The only downside is the heavy weight.

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              4.0

              A great lens at half the price

              By DYPhoto

              from Charlotte, NC.

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Price

              Cons

              • Poor in Low Light

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX Lens for Canon:

              I have been a Canon "purest" since the mid 70's and anything other than Canon was not the quality I wanted. However, after reading multiple reviews on the Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 vs. the Canon 16-35mm f/2.8, I thought I would give the Tokina a shot. First off, the Tokina is half the cost of the Canon. Yeah I know, the "L" series Canon glass is the best of the best. I have to agree. I have a 70-200mm f/2.8 Canon "L" and it's the best lens in my bag. But for a limited use lens, this Tokina is great. I have only shot with it a few times and I am already impressed with the quality, fast focus (in normal lighting) and tack sharp images. In low light conditions, it does struggle a bit but so do most other lenses even wide open at 2.8. The "pull to lock" manual focus ring does take a bit of getting use to but I cannot find any downside to buying this Tokina over the Canon and saving a large chunk of cash. A great lens for a great price

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              5.0

              Great lens, amazing value

              By Samk

              from San Jose, CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Heavy
              • Lens Flare

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX Lens for Canon:

              Really wanted the Canon 16-35mm but was not ready to spend that much money. Decided to go with this lens strictly based on reviews and videos. I am extremely happy with this lens, the only thing I would fix is the lens flare. Still totally worth it.

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              5.0

              Amazing wide lens

              By A

              from Spokane, WA

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Weak Casing

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Video

              Comments about Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX Lens for Canon:

              I have used and love the Tokina 11-16, but now I am using a full chip camera more so it won't cover. I got this lens sight unseen based on the 11-16. I don't regret it for a second. For a 16mm, the distortion isn't bad, in fact it has a great quality and great color.

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              5.0

              Great Lens for the price

              By Chris

              from Montana

              Verified Reviewer

              Comments about Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX Lens for Canon:

              I use this project for professional film shoots. It does very well in low light with no noticeable defects in low lighting.

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              3.0

              Not Very Happy With This Lens.

              By Simon

              from Australia

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Heavy
              • Lens Flare
              • No filter thread
              • Slow Focus

              Best Uses

              • Night Photography
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX Lens for Canon:

              I pick up this lens hoping to save some money compared to the Canon ones but after owning it for a few months I'm not overly happy with it.

              I've used this lens for landscape shots and night shots its a sharp lens well built but the big problem is the lens flare this lens gets and you do get little dots over your images from other lights. This is fine during the day but as soon as you point it at a light it flares badly.

              The focus ring doesn't fully disengage when you go from auto to manual it takes a couple of attempts.

              I wouldn't recommend buying this lens if your a canon user on a budget get the 17-40 f4 lens.

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              4.0

              Sharp, fast but with one issue

              By Brian M

              from Hartford, CT

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Flare

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX Lens for Canon:

              After reading the reviews I liked almost everything about this lens. The one thing I didn't like was the cause for me returning it-flare. If you plan on using this for anything else other than in situations with bright light hitting the lens, it is a homerun. It is very sharp and fast. Autofocus noise is not silent, but very quiet.

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              5.0

              Excellent

              By Doug

              from NJ

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX Lens for Canon:

                I use this on a 6D and I couldn't be happier. I tried the canon 16-35L II and I just wasn't impressed. I then gave this a try and got fantastic results. Images very sharp especially when you stop down a bit. Build is impressive as well. I can live without filters and the extra reach to 35mm at this price. Definitely a recommended lens!

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                • Yes

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                5.0

                Excellent Lens

                By Meshuggah

                from Lynchburg Va

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Macro Photography

                Comments about Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX Lens for Canon:

                I was Skeptical to stray from Canon L lenses based on reviews. I researched and researched for a wide angle Lens for my 60D that will also be compatible with the 6D when I come up with the bread to buy it. I actually borrowed a friends 16-35mm f/2.8L II to go on a camping trip and was disappointed after I got home and found all my images soft compared to my 24-70 f/2.8 L. at first glance before buying this lens I was automatically put off for lack of filter compatibility.But later found there is a company that makes a 145mm filter adapter for it for $269.I think if I need a filter I will use one of my other lenses for now. But anyway I kept weighing choices until I decided to bite the bullet. I am both surprised and delighted in my choice. this lens is sharper than the canon 16-35 I had by far. My copy focuses fast and quiet on AF as well as my lens cap stays on tight. I did test it taking a few pictures of light to see if it flared, it did .but I bought this lens for landscape photography so that is not bothering me. I did notice while shooting landscape at dusk on aperture priority that the camera metering was under exposed between bright sky and the ground. I had to go up 2 stops to correct but no big deal to me. Also my test shots at 2.8 where a tad soft at the edges . none of this is a deal breaker based on my results with the 16-35. I think I can live with any downfalls that this lens has and use one of my other lenses in a situation that is critical for streetlamps or wanting to get that super crisp 2.8 shot..

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