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TokinaAT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX Lens for Nikon
 
4.6

(based on 136 reviews)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (90)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (81)
  • Consistent output (67)
  • Durable (64)
  • Rugged (49)

Cons

  • Heavy (56)
  • Slow focus (10)
  • No filters (5)
  • Lens flare (4)
  • Difficult to clean (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (103)
  • Low light (71)
  • Weddings (48)
  • Night photography (43)
  • Sports/action (17)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (43), Photo enthusiast (41), Pro photographer (31), Casual photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Top Shelf Glass, I love this Tokina.

Having switched to a full frame camera in the last year, subsequently selling off my DX lenses I was left with my Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII, and Nikon 50mm f/1.8....Read complete review

Having switched to a full frame camera in the last year, subsequently selling off my DX lenses I was left with my Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII, and Nikon 50mm f/1.8. Those are fantastic lenses but leave a lot to be desired for ultra-wide work. I bought a Nikon 20mm f/2.8D on craigslist, and it was great for wide angle work, along with being a very short and small lens – easy to toss in your pocket and walk around with. The 20mm prime was however quite soft unless stopped down quite a ways and I found the autofocus didn't always hit the mark. I traded that lens for a Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G, which is a fun lens and has VR, yet it also is not as sharp as I wanted at wider apertures. One day at school another student who shoots Nikon asked to use my Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII for some studio work, I said yes provided he lend me his Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 in exchange. I fell in love with the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 immediately; as it produced sharp ultra-wide images while also being fast, and very capable in low light. The price tag associated with that lens was and is far out of my range currently, so it was placed on my internal wish list – knowing I'd probably never buy it. Enter Tokina. I have a Tokina 100mm f/2.8 Marco lens, and it's extremely well built, and produces fantastic images. Being 1 for 1 so far, I figured I would have a look at what Tokina has to offer in the ultra-wide category, to compete with Nikon's famed 14-24. I found the 16-28mm f/2.8 FX Pro lens, and began reading every single review, from every possible site I could find. It seems that the educated photographers favored this lens, and put it right on par with Nikon's 14-24. After some deliberation, and research I bought the Tokina. It is as I expected coming from my experience with the 100mm micro lens, extremely sturdy and well built. It's beautiful glass, and moreover it performs beyond my expectations. The autofocus is fast, and accurate, the only scary bit for me is not having a filter mounting ability – but I'm getting used to being more cautious with the business end. I read horror stories about back-focus issues, flare, and barrel distortion. I think some of those issues might be exacerbated by pilot-error frustrations, or bad in-camera settings. I have now used the Tokina in studio lighting, table-top photography lighting, outdoors in sunlight, and indoor with the usual trying lighting inside a home, or building. I have not seen any flare issues to speak of, and barrel distortion is just something you know will occur on any ultra-wide lens. With barrel distortion you either accept it and make it work to your advantage, or correct within lightroom, Aperture, etc. Sharpness is really what I want to cover, as this lens impressed me beyond my expectations. To use the popular photography term, this lens is tack sharp, I'd even go as far as razor sharp. Naturally it is sharpest at the focal point, and depending on how wide your aperture is it will soften out to the edges. The Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8 FX PRO is my #1 wide lens, and possibly now my most used and favorite overall lens. I shoot motorsports, so my Nikon 70-200mm is the heavy hitter in that arena, but outside of that often stays in the bag. The Tokina 16-28mm is heavy, and rather large. Being that it is a ultra-wide lens if you are planning on using flash you will need to make use of a Speedlight, as you will get a huge lens shadow in the bottom of your frame where the barrel blocks the light from the pop-up flash. To cover some of the other bases that people worry about, the AF noise is not loud (to me). I don't know what super-silenced lenses people would compare it to bit it's much quieter than my older Nikon primes, so I don't notice it at all. There really is no bokeh with this lens, with the aperture wide open you just start to get out of focus look, not the pleasing bokeh of say the Nikon 50mm f/1.8 prime. The manual to autofocus switching done at the lens is simple, you slide the focus ring forward and backward to switch between modes. Unlike my Tokina 100mm Micro there is no reversed lens-hood, so it's no trouble switching back and forth on the fly. In summary the lens is outstanding, and extremely well priced for what you get. When I am using it I feel like I am using Nikkor Professional quality equipment. The build and performance met and exceeded my expectations since I wasn't able to afford another Nikkor Pro lens. The lens is heavy, and large, you will need to get used to that. I am 6'5" so it doesn't bother me much, but I could see how this lens on a FX body with a battery grip could be quite a stone to carry. All things to consider, but I'd say the added weight is well worth the resulting images you will capture with this fine piece of glass from Tokina.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Flare that would make Pink Floyd proud...

The Tokina 16-28 is a sharp lens, but is betrayed by poor focus accuracy (both on my D800e and D700 bodies) as well as massive weight. At 2.2 pounds this is a...Read complete review

The Tokina 16-28 is a sharp lens, but is betrayed by poor focus accuracy (both on my D800e and D700 bodies) as well as massive weight. At 2.2 pounds this is a heavy lens. Although it sports a rubber gasket around the lensmount, it is too thin to make contact with the mount on the body (at least on an D800 body) missing the entire point of having a dust/moisture gasket in the first place.
The fatal flaw of this lens, however, is the horrible rainbow flare that pointed light sources create (think headlamps, streetlights, and oh yeah..the Moon!). I'm talking Pink Floyd album cover perfect rainbows around any pointed light. Completely unusable at night. Tokina needs to change whatever lens groups inside the lens that is responsible for this. Just look at this pic of a streetlight and the moon. Crazy.

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5.0

Awesome

By Sissy

from Massachusetts

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

Such a great lens

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4.0

Very good lens

By Álvaro

from Coyhaique, Chile

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Flaires With Direct Light

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Night Photography

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

I fully share what DASA wrote about the difficulties that means trying to take photos that you want to include in the table some direct light from the sun, the moon, a lantern, etc. I have the lens since a year ago and I've used it (with the Nikon D810) for day and night photography. During the day and when the sun does not enter the photographic picture, I can assure that the lens has a very precise and fast focus, and the colors and sharpness are superlatives, indeed!. It is a real pleasure to photograph with it in this kind of sceneries. However, at night, if you want to photograph a landscape that includes the moon or another direct light in the box, unfortunately we have to deal with annoying Flaires that invite you to avoid taking pictures of this type. The same when we include the direct sun during the day ...
Precisely to address this problem, after the advice of many photographic experts I just buy the Nikon 16-35 f/4 and after the first tests, I have noted that it is quite sharper than my Tokina 16-28 at the ends, mainly in focus close to 16 mm., but in general, it is very similar in quality and result. Obviously, the weight of the Tokina is considerably higher than the Nikon, although it is a lens I like so much and its weight doesn´t mean a trouble at all for me.

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5.0

FX Ultra wide at a great price!

By JMJ575M

from Chicago, IL

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery

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

    Sharp & contrasty even wide open.

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    4.0

    Great for the price

    By Mike in CNY

    from Utica, NY

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy
    • Slow Focus

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery

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

    I bought the lens just to add some different perspective to my photography. I ofter wish I had a wide angle lens in my bag, and decided that for the money, this was a great addition.

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    5.0

    TACK SHARP- Great Value!

    By FrankMariPhotography

    from Carmel, NY

    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
    • Video

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

    Love this lens!
    Unbelievably sharp lens- even toward the edges. Great images.

    It's heavy (I think heavier than by Nikon D610 body) but well made and feels substantial. I use it on a tripod mainly for large group photos and interiors.

    Because of the curvature of the front element, you can't use filters but the lens hood offers some protection.

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    5.0

    Great lens

    By Cory the Reporter

    from Grayson, KY

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • 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 Nikon:

    This lens has been great for getting fast, wide angle shots while out in the field during reporting.

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    5.0

    Fantastic wide angle zoom

    By Paracheftographer

    from Pottstown, PA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • 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 Nikon:

    Purchased instead of the Nikon 14-24 f2.8. It does just as good a job for a fraction of the price. Couldn't be happier.

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    4.0

    Perfectly covers the range that I needed

    By Bino

    from LoS Angeles

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light

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

    Mostly I work with major Nikon lenses: both FX : 24- 70 mm at f 2.8 and 70- 200 mm at f2.8. That's totally fine for most scenarios but I have found myself in a tight spot( literally) a few times with my back against the wall and not enough space to maneuver, when shooting interiors. That's exactly when this lens comes in! The modest price is definitely a consideration, even though I do wish the lens was not as heavy would come with a lens case and would allow for a filter.

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    4.0

    little need to review competitors

    By BeeGeeDee

    from North Carolina

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • None

    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:

    1. great contrast, sharpness & color
    2. very nice pictures in low light!
    3. fast & close focusing
    4. nice focal length overlap with 24-70 lenses
    5. very little loss of sharpness wide open
    6. fantastic price with current "instant savings"!

    Tokina made my Nikon 20-35 2.8 20 years ago and i loved it! They continue to thrill me in this wide zoom space. My Tokina 24-70 is very good, but the 16-28 deserves raves on the level of the Nikon 70-200 2.8 VRII.

    I've only used it a few times (you know how you experiment with new gear), but had to post while the savings is still in effect. Love this lens.

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    4.0

    A Winner!

    By Doc

    from Cotopaxi, Colorado

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Lens Flare
    • Quality Control

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Photography

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

    As a wildlife photographer looking to do more landscape work I was lusting after the Nikon 14-24 when I discovered this Tokina. The reviews sounded good, DxO review was impressive so I ordered one. That first unit didn't enthuse me at all. Not sharp at any setting, so back it went (thanks B&H for the great service) for another try. #2 was what I was expecting, a very sharp lens. Flare is an issue, not a deal breaker, just be aware. It is a little ungainly with all that glass up front but not unreasonably so. If the weight, size or lack of filter threads is a problem, don't get it. I'd buy it again. 5 star lens, 4 stars for Tokina QC.

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    2.0

    Flare that would make Pink Floyd proud...

    By DASA

    from Miami

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Pros

    • Sharp

    Cons

    • Heavy
    • Horrible Lens Flare
    • Slow Focus

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Weddings/Events

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

    The Tokina 16-28 is a sharp lens, but is betrayed by poor focus accuracy (both on my D800e and D700 bodies) as well as massive weight. At 2.2 pounds this is a heavy lens. Although it sports a rubber gasket around the lensmount, it is too thin to make contact with the mount on the body (at least on an D800 body) missing the entire point of having a dust/moisture gasket in the first place.
    The fatal flaw of this lens, however, is the horrible rainbow flare that pointed light sources create (think headlamps, streetlights, and oh yeah..the Moon!). I'm talking Pink Floyd album cover perfect rainbows around any pointed light. Completely unusable at night. Tokina needs to change whatever lens groups inside the lens that is responsible for this. Just look at this pic of a streetlight and the moon. Crazy.

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    4.0

    Glad I bought it....

    By Tamandal1205

    from Brooksville, Florida

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Heavy
    • Limited zoom range
    • No Filters

    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 Nikon:

    As an advanced amateur I like 2.8 speed lenses. This lens does not disappoint. Sharp, sturdy and seems well made. I have two complaints, which I knew going in.....No filters can be used and it has a somewhat limited zoom range. (1.8X) I bought it for the price. If I had the money I'd get the Nikon 17-55 2.8 but I just can't afford it. It is also bigger and heavier than I anticipated, but I don't mind. Overall, I'm happy with the purchase. Hope it holds up as it is my primary carry lens. B & H ROCKS!

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    4.0

    Glad I bought it...

    By TamandAl1205

    from Brooksville, Florida

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Heavy
    • Limited zoom range
    • No Filters

    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 Nikon:

    As an advanced amateur I like 2.8 speed lenses. This lens does not disappoint. Sharp, sturdy and seems well made. I have two complaints, which I knew going in.....No filters can be used and it has a somewhat limited zoom range. (1.8X) I bought it for the price. If I had the money I'd get the Nikon 17-55 2.8 but I just can't afford it. It is also bigger and heavier than I anticipated, but I don't mind. Overall, I'm happy with the purchase. Hope it holds up as it is my primary carry lens. B & H ROCKS!

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    4.0

    Heavy yet capable alternative to the Nikon's F/4

    By pcpken

    from Murrieta, CA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Nice Bokeh
    • 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 Nikon:

    So far, so good with nice sharp images with good contrast and reliable focusing. The focusing could be faster but it's worth the $$ savings and not that bad. There is noticeable vignetting but it doesn't really bother me.

    Also, it seems they have successfully resolve the QC issues with this lens. Or I just got lucky. They also improved the lens cap.

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    4.0

    Nice Lens, Great Value

    By DVZ

    from Colorado

    Verified Buyer

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

    I use this lens for architectural and landscape photography.
    For architectural it does exhibit some distortion that is easily corrected, but I could actually use a little wider lens. Decently fast focus. I have and like several Tokina lens and they are all a great value.

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    5.0

    Great with my D610

    By 212South

    from Covington, LA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Night Photography

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

    In short I think this is a great lens. I use it on a Nikon D610 body. I have rented the Nikon 14-24 and while I do think that is a better lens I am not disappointed at all in the Tokina.

    I have used this for a lot of time lapse sequences including night time shots of the Milkyway and it does a good job of capturing the light. The edge vignetting is easy enough to process away in Lightroom. You just have to select the brand in profile correction and Lightroom figures out the rest.

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    4.0

    SHARP, BEAUTIFUL, really wide lens!

    By Thad the Dog Trainer/Video Guy

    from Mid-Michigan

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Rugged
    • Sharp Beautiful Image
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        In terms of photography, this lens is a champ. So wide and sharp, I really love it!

        Unfortunately though, my true purpose for buying it was for action video with the D750. In short order it became abundantly clear that the video stream from this combo simply doesn't hold up.

        The D750 with Rokinon 85mm creates BEAUTIFUL interview footage with creamy blurred backgrounds and a flattering look for faces. When you put the D750 in motion though, especially in detailed scenes, it seems that the video codec just can't keep up and the video footage ends up looking horrible. This Tokina 16-28 can provide a TON of detail to the sensor, and it just doesn't work for video on the D750 other than a locked off shot without much movement/activity in the frame.

        So overall, the lens is sharp with only a bit of distortion, heavy (like quality), functions nicely with only a bit of focus noise when using autofocus, and genuinely seems like a really nice bit of gear. I'm sad that it doesn't fit in with my situation.

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        5.0

        Great buy!

        By Don

        from Fountain Hills, AZ

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          I'm using this lense for real estate photography. The lense is fast, auto focus works great on my D 800, seems very well build. No complaints,

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          5.0

          Nice Indoor Lens

          By Nina

          from Los Angeles

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Strong Construction

          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:

            Very solid lens for indoor photos, will have glares at 16mm due to lens moved forward and it is not covered by lens hood. Good build quality and fast focus. Price is very reasonable compare with other brands on the market.

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            4.0

            Really Happy with my lens

            By John

            from Copperas Cove, Texas

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Photography
            • Weddings/Events

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

            I need a wide zoom for my full frame camera. Look at three different lens. I read all the reviews for the lens. The final was the price. Took it out this weekend to try it out. This is a awesome lens. I was able to shoot everything I needed and was very happy with the results. It is a little heavy but when I am shooting outdoors I use a tripod so no issue. I have a have a workshop coming up and I will not have any worry using this lens

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