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TokinaAT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX Lens for Nikon
 
4.7

(based on 90 reviews)

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    (69)

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    (15)

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    (3)

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    (2)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (59)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (56)
  • Consistent output (46)
  • Durable (44)
  • Rugged (30)

Cons

  • Heavy (34)
  • Slow focus (4)
  • Difficult to clean (3)
  • Lens flare (3)
  • No filters (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (69)
  • Low light (41)
  • Weddings (34)
  • Night photography (23)
  • Sports/action (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (31), Photo enthusiast (27), Pro photographer (19), Casual photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (80)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fantastic High Quality Super Wide Lens

I'm a full frame D700 enthusiast shooter and after much deliberation between the following:
Nikon 16-35 F4 VR
Tokina 17-35 F4
Tokina 16-28 F2.8

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I'm a full frame D700 enthusiast shooter and after much deliberation between the following:
Nikon 16-35 F4 VR
Tokina 17-35 F4
Tokina 16-28 F2.8

I went ahead and opted for the fast F2.8 aperature Tokina. Though I'm genrally a little hesitant to purchase non-Nikkor glass, I've had really good experience with my Tokina 100mm Macro lens and comparisons I read around the internet seem to indicate this Tokina 16-28 is 90% of the $2000 Nikon 14-24 at a relative fraction of the cost. On top of this the $100 rebate at the time of purchase pushed me over the edge.

After shooting with this for a little over a week, I'm quite pleased to report this lens is truly a fantastic piece of glass and it will remain with me for quite some time.

First and foremost the lens is built very very well. Reports of a poor lens hood couldn't be more incorrect as far as I'm concerned. I have to believe Tokina addressed this somehow but my hood is very well constructed and locks onto the front of the lens. This lens is flat out a very well built piece of glass.

Positives
- Very fast focus (surprisingly quick and quite)
- Very sharp, even at F2.8
- It vignettes at F2.8 but oh so gently, nothing that couldn't be easily corrected in post if necessary.
- Built extremely well; feels as though it'll last forever.

Downsides? You bet, and I would have preferred to give this a 4.5 rating over the 5.
- The protrusion of the front glass element is a long term concern. Forget the fact it doesn't take filters, it's a liability carrying the lens around without protection period. This is a specialty type of lens and I wouldn't suspect many will use this as a carry-around all day long around their neck at the amusement park. But if you use it in this manner, I think you're putting the lens at risk as the glass element is exposed.
- It's a lens flare monster; simply loves to flare. I can't say I didn't know this going in, but I can say it's a little "worse" than what I expected. Obviously shooting conditions will dictate whether or not this would every be a problem for you but just be aware shooting into or with the sun just outside of the frame, you're likely going to see it, and in some cases it can be pretty harsh.

I don't regret this purchase in the slightest bit but do know that if money were no object, the Nikon 14-24 with nanocrystal coating would reduce flare and those prescious extra 2mm on the wide end could really add to the dimensions of the photograph to justify a higher cost.

So I don't consider this an exact replacement for that lens however I do feel you are getting a very fine and capable lens here at what really amounts to a bargain of a price compared to similiar offerings.

One note about VR in the Nikkor 16-35. F4 VR is not a suitable replacement for fast 2.8 aperature (remember VR only stabilizes the shooter, not subjects in motion) and I have no regrets whatsoever picking this lens up over either of the Nikon ultra-wide offerings.

It comes with a very high recommentation.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Poor quality control

I wanted to like this lens. I own a Tokina 12-24mm f4.0 that is one of the best lenses in my collection. Sharp, fast, robust, great IQ. That encouraged me to...Read complete review

I wanted to like this lens. I own a Tokina 12-24mm f4.0 that is one of the best lenses in my collection. Sharp, fast, robust, great IQ. That encouraged me to buy the Tokina 16-18mm f2.8. What a disappointment! The sample I received was unacceptable and I had to return it. I am not talking about pixel-peep, target-photographing lack of sharpness. I use lenses professionally. The Tokina lens I received was visibly unsharp, showing a lot of chromatic aberration even at low magnification. It shouldn't have passed quality control. After that, I searched the web and discovered that mine was not an isolated case............ I hate the idea of buying two or three samples of a lens to keep one. We all lose with it - users and dealers. I wish I could say that is a problem with third-party lenses but last year I bought a Nikon 16-35 f.4.0 that was awful and had to be returned as well. Initially I dismissed this problem as message-board lore but now I know it is real. Lens manufacturers need to improve their quality control.

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5.0

Great lens--Just Great!

By Bobby G

from Blairstown, N.J.

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

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

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

Perfect for landscape and lots else.

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2.0

Meh

By Stwo

from NYC

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

    • Heavy
    • Slow Focus

    Best Uses

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

      Super heavy, shoots very slow. Not nearly as clear & crisp as I'd like.

      I'll be returning it this week.

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      5.0

      Another homerun from Tokina Pro FX lense

      By Khoalety

      from Ann Arbor, MI

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      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

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

      Up to now I only purchased Nikon lenses; I wish I discovered the Tokina Pro FX series sooner. I bought 2 Tokina lenses back to back in 2 months, macro 105mm f2.8 another awesome lens. The price is less than 1/3 of a Nikon and made in Japan which made it even sweeter. Anyway, this lens is extreme sharp in all range. A little heavy but it's balanced to hold. I see what others said about flare at 16mm but I love to give the pictures more dramatic feel. 16mm alone is something else. It makes anything larger than life. :) My only complaint is that the colors is too dull. I have to use the vivid mode to spice the colors up a tad or enhance during post process. It's no big deal! I'm not sure what Nikon 14-24mm f2.8 would give you at around $ but I won't bother checking it out because I'm happy with this lens.

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      4.0

      Nice lens, great price

      By Stephs2125

      from Michigan

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

      I really like this lens. I don't use it a lot because it's not often that I need to shoot with a wide angle but whenever I do I am more than pleased with the quality this lens delivers. Images are sharp and crisp. Of course on the extreme wide end there is some vignetting, but I can fix that in post with ease. It feels well made and I'm very happy with it.

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      4.0

      Great lens

      By Magplatt

      from México

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

      I have been using just nikon lenses, and decided to give a chance to tokina, i'm very happy with it, it works better Than i thought, the only think i didnt like so much is the weight, this one is heavier Than the one from nikon

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      5.0

      Excellent wide angle lens great price

      By The L/T

      from New York

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Rugged
      • 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 Nikon:

      Before a purchase this lens from b&h i rent both the Nikon 14-24mm and The Tokina 16-28mm I Tested both lenses extenible (focus speed,sharpnes,lens distortion,built qualityand feature) and to be honest I can not justify the fact That Nikon in 3 times more Expensive other than the weather seal on the nikon and the fact that is 14mm on the wide angle there was not different between the 2 lenses so I choose the tokina and after having the len for 3 month now i will choose the tokina again...

      Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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      4.0

      Better Than the Competion and Costs Less

      By joer

      from Northern Illinois

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

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

      Very sharp, focuses fast. Flair well controls.

      Big front element prevent use of filters.

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      5.0

      Awesome lens

      By Justin

      from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Difficult to Clean
      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography

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

      Wanted a UWA FX lens for Nikon without breaking the bank. After ~6 months of use, I am very happy with it and it is one of my favorite lenses on my Nikon D800.The lens is HEAVY. Solid build quality from Japan. Very sharp even at f/2.8. I am very pleased with the lens overall.That being said, there are a few minor issues:1) No easy way to use filters. I am seriously considering the WonderPana 145 System (~$- ) to overcome this problem.2) The lens cap isn't the greatest of quality and can easily come off. 3) The bulbous lens doesn't allow filters and it is a bit trickier to clean than a conventional lens. 4) The AF-MF clutch is also somewhat clunky. I prefer the AF-MF switches on Nikon much more than this mechanism.

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      5.0

      Excellent wide angle lens great price

      By Michael Photography

      from New York

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Photography
        • Weddings/Events

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

        Before a purchase this lens from b&h i rent both the Nikon 14-24mm and The Tokina 16-28mm I Tested both lenses extenible (focus speed,sharpnes,lens distortion,built qualityand feature) and to be honest I can not justify the fact That Nikon in 3 times more Expensive other than the weather seal on the nikon and the fact that is 14mm on the wide angle there was not different between the 2 lenses so I choose the tokina and after having the len for 3 month now i will choose the tokina again...

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        5.0

        Solid Lens

        By Cash

        from Austin, TX

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Heavy
        • No filter option

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Photography
        • Weddings/Events

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

        So far it's been a dream to shoot with. I rented a similar version and fell in love with the smoothness of the mechanics. Focus and zoom ring are dreamy and smooth. I have shot directly into the sun and there was a small amount of flare...but duh it was on purpose. Any lens will flare directly into the sun. Turn it a few degrees away and you're golden.I've used it on a few shoots now and the biggest con is weight. It's a heavy piece of kit. However, the quality is worth it. I cannot compare to the big boy 14-24mm Nikon but I did shoot the 16-35 F/4 and I got similar images. Costs about $ less right now. Overall, solid build, great mechanics and optics, and solid price point.You cannot use filters on this lens. If filters are in your workflow then you will need a separate adapter and slide in filters that are very expensive. The adapter is over $ US and filters are just as much.

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        5.0

        Fun lens

        By Ryan

        from Menifee Ca.

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          first pictures today. Liking.

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          5.0

          So far so good

          By Pcbrown

          from Adrian Michigan

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery

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

            And I didn't have to spend a fortune. Only used a little but seems sharp and colors look great. I use mostly Nikon Lens but decided to give this Tokina a try and Im glad I did.

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            5.0

            LOVE this lens!!!

            By DJW

            from Vermont

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Photography
              • Weddings/Events

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

              I absolutely love this lens, and have never been disappointed with it at all.
              It has very sharp focus, and I use it exclusively for night photography, although it is wonderful for any time of day.
              A++++++ from me!

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              4.0

              Great lens for the price

              By photojb

              from Chicago, IL

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

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

                I've shot a few weddings with it now, and the images look great. Just wasn't willing to spend $ for the Nikon equivalent, when I don't use this lens that often. The build seems solid, and the images are sharp (considering it's such a wide angle lens).

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                5.0

                Excellent Lens and great price too!

                By somacoul

                from Boston

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • No Way To Use Filters

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Macro Photography
                • Sports/Action
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife Photos

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

                quality of the lens

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                4.0

                Great bargain for Quality

                By Nouvea

                from New York, NY

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Heavy
                • No Filters

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery

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

                Superb ultra wide angle for full frame, especially strong in the 16-24mm range, gets weaker by 28mm. Stepped down it can deliver crisp sharpness even in the most extreme corners. I give it 5 stars due to the price/performance ratio. I shoot test charts and real world images to confirm chart results. My recommendation for this lens is for FX/Full Frame cameras. For crop sensors get something lighter and cheaper.

                Review:
                AF performance is good, the lenses uses a new DC focusing motor. It isn't silent, but much quieter than screw drive. It works fast and accurately. I find the AF/MF clutch clunky to use.

                This lens performs exceptionally well in the center, even at f/2.8, but still sees a large improvement at f/4. I have had two copies of this lens, and the second copy is slightly softer at f/2.8 in the center, but sharper at f/4 and up, and also lacks the centering defect that my first copy had. The lens is perfectly usable for a close central subject at f/2.8 at any focal length.

                For best corner performance and for infinity focus step the aperture down to at least f/5.6 at 16mm and f/8 at 22mm. This held true for both samples of the lens I tested, and the lens is definitely strongest at 16mm where corner performance reaches excellent levels.

                Lateral CA is easily visible at 16mm, but is correctable. It is less noticeable towards 28mm.

                Distortion is relatively minor for this wide of a lens. It has about 2.5% barrel at 16mm and works down to about 0 at 28mm.

                Vignetting is noticeable at f/2.8, but improves on stepping down.

                The lens is fairly resistant to flare, but if the sun is in/near the frame you will likely see some flare spots shooting across the frame. This is typical of large front element lenses.

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                4.0

                Good Lense for the cheep price

                By MTPD

                from Stanton, CA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Difficult to Clean
                • Heavy
                • Needed Adapter To Fillter

                Best Uses

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

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

                Compare with original Nikon or other brand, I gave it 4 stats.
                Auto-focus work fast and accurate with Nikon D600, It surprised me for the very low distortions on Conner of frame . Light distributed evenly from center of the picture to the edges. when I shoot from inside with room naturel light the area show on window have very cleared and detail. For outside, only Clair if I point it to see sun in the frame.
                Lens does not have the extra sharpness as other brand but I accented it as a extra zoom wide.

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                4.0

                Good for the price

                By Uniteste

                from El Paso, TX

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Blurry Focus
                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife Photos

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

                I'll make it short and sweet. f2.8 to f4.5 not very good performance. Everything looked hazy(no it wasn't bokeh). f5.6 to f14 stellar performance, especially at 16mm. I don't see a reason to purchase the Nikon 14-24 over this unless it's absolutely imperative for you to have better f2.8 to f4.5 performance. Period.

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                5.0

                Big bang for the buck

                By Stevie621

                from Queens, NY

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Nice Bokeh

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

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

                  I recently upgraded from a crop sensor camera. One of the reasons were because of the shooting that I do. One of my biggest problems were at catering halls I find myself trying to shoot whole tables. I considered the Nikon 14-24, but it was out of my price range. At first, I was apprehensive about purchasing a third party lens. The lens is very sharp and I have the extra 4mm on the long end. it is a solid lens. it does what I need it to do. It is to bad that tokina does not make a 24-70 2.8

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                  5.0

                  Great Wide Angle

                  By Shooter

                  from Seattle

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    This is a great lens for landscapes & low light interiors

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