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TokinaAT-X 116 PRO DX-II 11-16mm f/2.8 Lens for Nikon Mount
 
4.7

(based on 120 reviews)

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    (28)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (69)
  • Strong construction (67)
  • Durable (60)
  • Easily interchangeable (56)
  • Consistent output (54)

Cons

  • Heavy (22)
  • Slow focus (3)
  • Weak casing (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (94)
  • Low light (61)
  • Night photography (52)
  • Weddings (22)
  • Video (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (56), Semi-pro photographer (24), Casual photographer (13), Pro photographer (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (93), Yes (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Get close and GO WIDE

I purchased the first version of this lens from B&H in January. While it was still under the return period the version ii was announced.I returned the original and waited...Read complete review

I purchased the first version of this lens from B&H in January. While it was still under the return period the version ii was announced.I returned the original and waited "patiently" for the ii.It took a while but when it was finally announced I think that I was probably one of the first to place an order.I did order it early in the morning on the announced sale day.There was absolutely nothing that I could find wrong with the original but the addition of a motor will come in handy for my back-up D40.I usually take my pictures at night and this lens performs beyond my expectations I'll attach a couple of pics that I have taken with this lens. Bear in mind that I am an amature photographer so the image quality would probably be better in more capable hands

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Quality Depends On Expectation & Sample

I purchased the newer Tokina 11-16 mm f/2.8 because I was looking for an DX alternative to my Nikkor AF-S 14-24 mm f/2.8 for such occasions where I want to travel...Read complete review

I purchased the newer Tokina 11-16 mm f/2.8 because I was looking for an DX alternative to my Nikkor AF-S 14-24 mm f/2.8 for such occasions where I want to travel lighter or need to attach a filter. It is possible that I expected too much because of the mostly positive reviews I read, and/or that I was too critical in my evaluation of this lens because it is not a Nikon product. Either way, after two exchanges I am still not entirely happy with my third sample but I decided to keep it because it works well for me for landscape and travel photography, which is what I use it for. Also, I know what I've got but don't know what I'll get if I exchange it a third time because every new sample I have had was different from the previous one except for the fact that they all were sharpest at f/5.6-f/9.0 at any focal length.

The first sample was what I would describe as the most "balanced" of the three in terms of resolution. Center sharpness was usable at f/2.8. Border sharpness was not as good as center sharpness at all focal lengths, and very disappointing at 11 mm, especially at f/2.8. The resolution was generally best at f/4 - f/8, particularly at 16 mm. The second sample lacked center sharpness at all apertures and focal lengths, which led me to believe there may have been a focusing problem. My third sample is not usable wide open at any focal length. However, resolution increases remarkably at 4.0, and from f/5.6 - f/11 the lens displays very good to excellent sharpness across the frame at all focal lengths. I am also very pleased with the color rendition.

Even though I am quite satisfied with my lens when I use it in the f/5.6 to f/11 aperture range, I can only give it a 3-star rating because of its underperformance at f/2.8 and - for this product in general - the sample variations.

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5.0

too many chances

By DrueVision

from New York

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Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX-II 11-16mm f/2.8 Lens for Nikon Mount:

      it´s a very good lens, with many possibilities in low-light shooting.

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      5.0

      great lens!

      By Angel

      from Florida

      Comments about Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX-II 11-16mm f/2.8 Lens for Nikon Mount:

      I like the way this lens is build, strong little plastic. And best it's less than 1/2 of Nikon's 10-14 mm.

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      5.0

      Great lens!

      By BRod

      from Ohio

      About Me Casual Photographer

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Night Photography

        Comments about Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX-II 11-16mm f/2.8 Lens for Nikon Mount:

        This is my first wide angle lens and it is great. Only had it less then one month but so far it is great. The price for it vs Nikon lens is outstanding. Takes great pictures. So much fun having the wide angle. Looking forward to close up holiday photos.

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        5.0

        Excellent

        By Bill

        from Central New Jersey

        Comments about Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX-II 11-16mm f/2.8 Lens for Nikon Mount:

        I did a sizable amount of research before purchasing this lens. It does what I wanted. Excellent quality, excellent price

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        4.0

        I love this lens!

        By carlsbadmike

        from Carlsbad, CA

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX-II 11-16mm f/2.8 Lens for Nikon Mount:

          I received this lens about 2 weeks ago after having researched it online for a couple of months and looked at literally hundreds of reviews. Mine is the Nikon mount version. Although it is a bit bulky and heavy the build quality seems exceptional. I also own the Nikon 10.5mm fisheye that I love, but it now seems surplus to my needs so am considering selling it off since the 11-16mm is so close, but without the vertical distortion. Still, I think it will be hard to part with...The push/pull feature for changing from auto to manual focus is actually very nice once one gets used to it. No messing around with switches on the side of the lens barrel.My only concern, and this is very minor, is compatibility with future Nikon camera body models since it is a "3rd party" lens. Then again, I don't know how long it will be before I upgrade to a newer body since I'm so happy with what I have. I even put a Nikon 77mm lens cap on the front, looks good that way!I look forward to some serious night photography with this lens paired with my D90. I also will use it on my infrared converted old D50.Images so far are tack sharp and low light f/2.8 makes it a real winner. No complaints whatsoever!I plan on a Milky Way session with this lens when the time and place are right, more than likely near Lake Tahoe where it gets nice and dark at night.

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          4.0

          Seriously Silent Focusing

          By AustinCaine

          from Charlotte, NC

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX-II 11-16mm f/2.8 Lens for Nikon Mount:

            I bought this lens to replace my old (heavily used and beaten up) version 1 of this same lens. I've always loved Tokina's glass but they went above and beyond with the autofocus motor on this version. It's so quiet I sometimes purposefully blur then re-autofocus my shot just to make sure it's actually working. It is, and it's really quiet about it.The reason I'm giving this 4 stars and not 5 is due to the focus clutch ring. This time around it seems much looser and more cheaply made than it's predecessor. The lens itself feels amazing but that one ring is just a little too Playskool feeling for my taste. Beef it back up, Tokina!

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            5.0

            Great wide angle lens for price

            By Jimbo

            from Minneapolis, MN

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            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Photography

              Comments about Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX-II 11-16mm f/2.8 Lens for Nikon Mount:

              Great landscape lens with a wide aperture. Works particularly well for night photos with my Nikon D7000 and D5200. I definitely recommend this lens!

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              • Yes

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              5.0

              You should choose this lens !

              By Le Loup du Chat

              from Belgium

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX-II 11-16mm f/2.8 Lens for Nikon Mount:

                I had the chance to come in NYC so I wanted to visit B&H to buy this precious and AMAZING lens ! Tokina deserve to be better known and appreciated than Nikon or other brands. Why ? Because for a cheaper price, you get a lens as good as more famous brands. This lens has super fast reacting AF perfect for shooting a lot in short time ! No deformation. Just keep the persepective lines <3 And the result of the pictures are JUST WOOOOW "rocking my socks off" ! So bright, full of light, really clear image... I made hundreds pics in NY and I am SOOOO happy I choosed it !

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                5.0

                A Wide Angle That Does The Job

                By Skeeter

                from Manassas, VA.

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Photography

                  Comments about Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX-II 11-16mm f/2.8 Lens for Nikon Mount:

                  Using this lens on a Nikon D200 is a dream. In a matter of days it became my lens of choice. Edge sharpness is excellent. I'm a confirmed Nikon Lens user, but this lens holds it's own and the price is fantastic. For outdoor scenic work, especially at night, this lens is a workhorse that keeps on working.

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                  5.0

                  Well made lens

                  By KZ

                  from Boston Ma

                  About Me Pro Photographer

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery

                    Comments about Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX-II 11-16mm f/2.8 Lens for Nikon Mount:

                    I do a lot of interiors and it is great for small spaces. I read many reviews on line, and the test results I did were equal to the most positive reviews I read. This lens is sturdy and well constructed, and excedes what I expected.

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                    4.0

                    Great for star photography

                    By Rich

                    from Rochester NY

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                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Photography

                        Comments about Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX-II 11-16mm f/2.8 Lens for Nikon Mount:

                        I bought this lens primarily to shoot meteors, Milky Way and the like. Haven't had a chance at a metoer shower yet, but I've gotten good results on Milky Way photos (on a Nikon D7100 12mm @ 2.8, 20 sec and ISO 1000).Feels solid, sharp. Not very quick autofocus, but not that important in an ultra wideangle lens.I wish it focused closer. I shoot wildflowers and small animals (frogs, spiders, etc). I like to take closeups that include habitat in the background, and for small flowers or insects this lens doesn't focus as close as I'd like.

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                        5.0

                        Great lens for amateur...

                        By RasDas

                        from Chicago, IL

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                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX-II 11-16mm f/2.8 Lens for Nikon Mount:

                        This was my first lens purchase (other then the ones that came with the kit). Wanted a wide-angle to try to capture some of the big sites in Rome. This lens did not disappoint. I ended up using this lens the majority of the time.

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                        2.0

                        Noisy

                        By Eager Eye

                        from Nagasaki, Japan

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                        Pros

                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Noisy focusing
                        • Not Too Sharp
                        • Slack Focus Ring

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Photography
                        • Noisy Focusing
                        • Slack Focus Ring
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX-II 11-16mm f/2.8 Lens for Nikon Mount:

                        I just received mine which I bought at @. I tested it right away and got disappointed with its noisy focusing, its really annoying that is why I don't recommend this when shooting on videos (which could have been great for wedding). The sharpness is a little bit soft. Plus the push-pull mechanism focus ring is too slack, wobbles with a little grip. I should have not bought this if I knew these factors... The built is way too far from my beloved Tokina 12-24 f2.8 which is the real tank.

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                        5.0

                        Excellent

                        By The Magic Lens Photography

                        from North Miami, Florida, USA

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Rugged
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX-II 11-16mm f/2.8 Lens for Nikon Mount:

                          I am very happy this this lens it is an excellent lens. Highly recommended.

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                          4.0

                          Good, but not as great as expected

                          By Honza

                          from Cambridge, MA

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery

                            Comments about Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX-II 11-16mm f/2.8 Lens for Nikon Mount:

                            I had the chance to compare this lens with the Nikon 12-24 f/4. Both lenses were very similar in terms of both build and image quality. However, using the same conditions and settings (ISO, aperture, shutter speed), pictures produced by the Tokina were simply dimmer. I had to lower the shutter speed to get about the same result in terms of light but then I'm missing advantage of having f/2.8, at least by specification. Also, I found the pictures produced by the 12-24 somewhat sharper. Eventually, I decided to go with the Nikon.

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                            5.0

                            Great Lens

                            By Reifison

                            from Brazil

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • Difficult to Clean

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Photography

                            Comments about Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX-II 11-16mm f/2.8 Lens for Nikon Mount:

                            Excellent lens. She has a very good and with the opening 2.8 sharpness is very easy to take pictures in darker locations.
                            Great for taking photos of landscapes and arquietetura. I do not regret the purchase.

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                            5.0

                            Awesome lens

                            By Cleonett

                            from Durham, NC

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • Heavy

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery

                            Comments about Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX-II 11-16mm f/2.8 Lens for Nikon Mount:

                            Fantastic lens. I purchased this pens for landscape photography, as well as shooting rock climbing photos. Also really good for taking cat photos. Great quality and amazing wide angle shots. Very pleased!

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                            5.0

                            Great Wide

                            By Mike

                            from Los Angeles, CA

                            Comments about Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX-II 11-16mm f/2.8 Lens for Nikon Mount:

                            This is a great wide lens for the price. Definitely undervalued. They just released the new updated cine version of this lens, but is close to $2k. This is a good alternative. Sharp with minimal distortion. I was looking for the right wide angle for my GH4, and I use this with the Nikon Speedbooster. Gives me exactly what I'm looking for.

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                            4.0

                            Nice lens

                            By lukejc1

                            from Wisconsin

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easily Interchangeable

                            Cons

                            • Slow Focus

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Photography

                            Comments about Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX-II 11-16mm f/2.8 Lens for Nikon Mount:

                            I am very happy with this lens. I purchased it mainly for night sky shots and it does that well with my Nikon D7100.

                            Auto focus can be a bit loud and slow but for my needs as primarily a landscape photographer, that is not a huge deal for me.

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                            2.0

                            Too noisy

                            By fran357

                            from Santiago de Chile

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                            Pros

                              Cons

                              • Slow Focus
                              • Weak Casing

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery

                              Comments about Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX-II 11-16mm f/2.8 Lens for Nikon Mount:

                              Internal mechanism sounds like an old Volkswagen. I am very dissapointed.

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