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

(based on 114 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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  • 4 Stars

     

    (30)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (63)
  • Durable (52)
  • Consistent output (49)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (48)
  • Easily interchangeable (32)

Cons

  • Heavy (50)
  • Slow focus (10)
  • Blurry focus (4)
  • Poor in low light (4)
  • Weak casing (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (87)
  • Low light (54)
  • Weddings (41)
  • Night photography (40)
  • Video (19)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (33), Semi-pro photographer (33), Pro photographer (30), Casual photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (99)

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.

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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

Great value lens

By Ilan

from Jerusalem, Israel

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

No other sub $1,000 wide angel zoom lens for a full frame DSLR. For the price it is a great lens. I got a good copy, if all copies like that at B&H then great job by the shop keeping quality.
Don't expect contrast or colours as an L lens but you will be satisfied by the lens' optical capabilities.

The lens is heavy, with my 5D Mk III it is havier than the same with the 24-105L. The lens shape is a disadvantage for not able to use filters.

I highly recommend the lens and B&H.

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5.0

I love it

By Aucas

from Chile

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

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

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

Its perfect

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5.0

Basically quite satisfied

By Dale

from Sunnyvale, CA

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

The lens lives up to its advance billing as "heavy", especially when added to my already hefty Canon 5D II. The focus seems quick, the views at all zooms are cheerfully bright, and the daylight images at every zoom position are everything I expected--very good. I took some 5- and 10-second (unguided) exposures on the sky to see what the star images look like, and they're good (not great)--certainly good enough for my use--and I don't have comparable images from a higher-end lens of this wide angle capability for comparison. One of my motivations for buying this lens is a forthcoming trip to Alaska, with the possibility of getting the aurora, as well as sweeping landscapes. Sharp star images won't be an issue with the aurora, but certainly the f/2.8 focal ratio will be a great help. So far, glad I bought it.

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5.0

Great solid lense

By Vicente

from Los Angeles, CA

About Me Photography Student

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Difficult to Clean
  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Video
  • Weddings/Events

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

Awesome wide angle lense. Just used it traveling, perfect for landscapes. Great shipping

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1.0

Very Soft Copy of Tokina 16-28mm f2.8 lens...

By Don

from Sonora, CA

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Photography

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

    I returned the Tokina 16-28mm f2.8 lens to B&H Photo/Video because it was extremely soft at all apertures and focal lengths. I then had B&H send A Canon 16-35mm f4.0 L series lens. I highly recommend the Canon lens based upon sharpness, longer focal length and the ability to use filters without adapters. This Canon is an incredible lens and among the very sharpest L series lenses that I use. Spend the extra $400 dollars; You will be very happy.

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    4.0

    Great alternative to costly L-series lenses!

    By HeadToTheHills

    from Colorado

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

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

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

    I recently moved to a full-frame body and after having great luck with the Tokina 11-16mm on my APS-C camera I decided to give the 16-28mm a try. I feel that the Tokina image quality is very comparable to the Canon 'L' lens at less than half of the price. I primarily use this lens for astro photography and landscapes and it performs very well. There is some loss of sharpness near the corners when opened up all the way to f2.8 but stopped down a few stops it is very sharp through the entire frame. The only downside I would say is not being able to use standard screw on filters due to the convex front element of the lens. The lens is also slightly heavier than expected and while this may be a negative for some, for me it just feels like a solid, well built lens.

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    5.0

    Up to 7 photoshoots a day.

    By 77 Million

    from North Idaho

    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
    • Night Photography
    • Sports/Action
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events

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

    Total up the price of property listings, and I shoot on average 61 Million a year in real estate. Its sharp and quick to focus, depending on the room very little distortion.

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    5.0

    Great wide angle zoom lens

    By Jay

    from Saint Louis

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery

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

    This is my new favorite lens. It's very sharp, takes very good pictures, and looks like it will stay on my Canon body the most. It's great for getting that wider view, and product shots. Especially were you want to have the item stand out, and get that bokeh background. Only negative, is it is very large and pretty heavy.

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    5.0

    Fast and sturdy

    By lq

    from Las Cruces, NM

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Non-standard Filters

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery

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

    This lens is very heavy, but in a good way. It seems very solid. It also produces a pretty great image - a very wide angle, but not overtly a fisheye so photos don't look too gimmicky. Fast aperture, and a very close focus distance too.

    My only complaint is that it doesn't accept standard ring filters... It would be nice to use a CPL sometimes.

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    2.0

    Poor design

    By Calso_A

    from Chillicothe, MO

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

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

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

    Bulgy lens at 16mm wide? lens this big and bulgy front glass should start at 14mm. Tokina has made a poor decision making this lens, 16mm could still accommodate 77mm or 82mm filter sizes in the UWA lens world. Although, there are special filter adapters that can accommodate pricey filters like the size of a dinner plate (round or square) but, I don't wanna go there. Like the Canon's 16-35 f/2.8 & f/4 for instance, it is a good example. Fact about bulgy front glass that I know of starts from 14mm like the Samyang/Rokinon 14mm, the amazing Nikon 14-24 f/2.8 and the great Canon 11-24 f/4 (although not 14mm but you get my point). Learn from these companies Tokina and be competitive making lenses not just for aps-c format but for full frame as well. (hint: 14mm or 16mm f/2.8 prime for full frame camera)

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    5.0

    Favorite Wide-Angle

    By Spina

    from Bristol, RI

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography

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

      Extremely worth it for the money, usually wide angle zooms are costly. Sharp and Durable with a Smooth Zoom and Focus. First lens had connection problem to my 6d body after a month of use. Quick and easy fix by Tokina and haven't had a problem since.

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      5.0

      BRILLIANT!!!

      By EROtero

      from Columbus, OH

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

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

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

      Everything about this lens is something to be excited about. Build like a tank, as with most Tokina lenses, yet smooth and precise ring movement make it a pleasure to handle. Great zoom range for architectural interiors, landscapes and concert venues. Autofocus is fast and accurate, even at low light situations. Being f/2.8 is just a cherry on top of all the delicious cake and frosting.

      Highly recommended!!!

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      5.0

      Is it really that sharp?

      By Jerry t

      from NYC

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

      You it's that sharp. Compared it to my 24-70 L f4 and this tokina lens at 2.8 is sharper. ( maybe I'm wrong but I don't think so). Distortion is a bit of an issue. I wish I had less distortion but a man can only wish.

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      5.0

      Once you've tried black you'll never go back

      By Charlie Coyote

      from Rio Dell, CA on the north coast

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Filters Don't Need Them

      Best Uses

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

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

      With this lens' I've now completed my 5D Mark III outfit. The others in my Pelican are Tammies; the 24-70 VC, 70-200 VC, and 150-600 VC. All have superb performance and excellent IQ that rival or exceed the WHITE ones, but at 1/3 the cost. For those thinking of knocking them for vignetting, distortion, etc, then don't. All lens/body combinations are auto-corrected for me in DxO Optics Pro 9. They've done the work, so photographers don't have to be married to inferior "L" glass. Canon builds great cameras, but have fallen way behind in lens design and development, so are sadly lacking, save for a few exceptions that are way too pricey for me.
      When it comes to choosing the best value in 2.8 pro glass, this Tokina and my Tammies win, hands down. Now I've tried black, I'll never go back; that is unless the big "C" comes up to speed in all realms and that's doubtful.

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      5.0

      Now I've shot black I'll never go back. Great IQ at 1/3 cost

      By Charlie Coyote

      from Rio Dell, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • No filter threads
      • The Con In Canon

      Best Uses

      • architectural
      • Home interiors
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events

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

      Superb IQ and excellent build quality with a 3 year warranty. Tokina gives more value in this zoom range, but they back it up three times what the big C does. Having had and used several Canon lenses and then comparing them to the Tamron 24-70 VC, 70-20 VC, 150-600 VC and Tokina 16-28 that I own, I am now converted. It looks like I'll never go back to Canon, unless they begin giving a comparable product, warranty, and price; that's doubtful. For all they best results with all these lenses I process with DxO Optics Pro 9 with auto correction of all imperfections for each body and lens combination. Once you've tried black you'll never go back.

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      5.0

      Excellent lens

      By sebalopez

      from Cordoba, Argentina

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

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

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

      This lens it's so sharp! I love it!

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      5.0

      Great Lens

      By LIl' K

      from Merced,CA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife Photos

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

      Great sharp lens

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      • No

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      4.0

      Great or the price

      By Bobbylicious

      from New York

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Lens Creep
      • Poor in Low Light

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife Photos

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

      This is a nice lens given the price. It seems to underperform on focusing due to the aperture.

      I bought this in store and tried it on various scenes.

      The lens captures nice wide landscape crisply and clean.
      The lens cap is like a fish eye cap that protects the bulged lens due to that its so wide!

      The zoom is a bit sticky going from 16 -28 mm. Its not as smooth as a Canon L Series lens but given the half price than a L Series that is expected.

      Manual focus ring is neat in that switching is a quick release back (or forth to auto).

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      4.0

      Nice Fast Glass

      By Montie

      from Gilbert, AZ

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        Nice fast wide angle zoom

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        2.0

        Did not live up to expectations

        By ShutterMan

        from Riverside, CA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Blurry Focus
          • Heavy

          Best Uses

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

            I bought this lens at the same time as the Canon 16-35mm L F/4 IS. I pit them against each other to see which I would keep. I consider F/2.8 be slow, so the Canon being F/4 was at a large disadvantage. I really wanted the Tokina to win and save me $$$.

            Tokina:
            + F/2.8 (or faster) is important for my line of work
            + Low distortion
            + Low vignette
            - Tokina was soft at 2.8 and 4.0
            - AF was inconsistent
            - AFMA of +12 was needed at 16mm & AFMA 0 at 28mm, but it was still inconsistent
            - Rough Manual AF and zoom feel
            - Can't use normal filters

            Canon 16-35mm L F/4:
            + Excellent sharpness at all focal lengths at F/4
            + No AFMA needed on my main body and only +2 (T & W) needed on my backup
            + Extremely reliable AF consistency
            + IS helps for non-moving subjects
            + Great contrast
            + Weather sealed
            + Smaller and lighter than Tokina
            + Can use most filters
            - More expensive
            - F/4 is slow

            I returned the Tokina and I am now $$$ poorer, but I like having confidence in my gear and the Canon gives me that.

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