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TokinaAT-X 116 PRO DX-II 11-16mm f/2.8 Lens for Nikon F
 
4.6

(based on 218 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (154)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (51)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (122)
  • Strong construction (114)
  • Durable (105)
  • Consistent output (95)
  • Easily interchangeable (93)

Cons

  • Heavy (40)
  • Slow focus (6)
  • Poor in low light (5)
  • Weak casing (4)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (165)
  • Low light (97)
  • Night photography (89)
  • Weddings (31)
  • Video (18)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (96), Semi-pro photographer (40), Casual photographer (32), Pro photographer (13), Photography student (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (166), Yes (15)

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

Excellent lens

By Sonny

from Brooklyn, NY

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

The Tokina 11-20mm 2.8 is an excellent lens. Very wide and the extra 4mm over the 11-16mm version is useful for my particular application. Great alternative to the pricey Nikon ultra-wide.

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5.0

Great Lens

By Chief

from Ontario, Canada

Verified Buyer

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

This lens is perfect for the interior photos needed by my wife in real estate, and for great landscape photos.

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1.0

Very disappointed

By Bicyclingbarb

from Peachtree City, GA

Verified Buyer

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

I chose the Tokina lens because it had such great reviews and a great price. But I also read once in awhile there's a bad one. I guess I got one of the bad ones. I did some tests and found the focus/sharpness was of very poor quality. Not acceptable. I'm returning it.

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5.0

Amazing lens overall

By Eldrin Karl Huganas

from New York City, NY

Verified Buyer

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

This lens is great for landscapes, cityscapes, and situations where you want as much as possible in the shot. The Tokina is a fun lens, and it's built to last. Definitely should be the next lens on your wish list

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5.0

The Lens is all you said it was and more

By Ronald Bidwell

from Owensboro, Ky

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

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

I got my lens wright on the day you sais in good shape . I have used it several times and it is SHARP
from conner to conner. It's very good in low light as well in bright light . I use it on a Nikon 5200 on auto
focus to test. Very happy and the price is good for this super wide auto focus.The Tokina 11mm to 16
is more bang for your buck...

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4.0

I love this lens! I would buy it again.

By Rhythm Mystic Scott

from Turlock, Ca

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Constant F28 Aperture
  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

    I've heard mixed reviews about the Tokina 11-16mm ATX 116 PRO DX ii, but I have to say I have been very pleased with it. VERY PLEASED.
    I have not had any problems so far and the lens is tack sharp. No back focusing issues for me at all. I auto focus until it locks and then I switch to manual focus inside of my camera (especially when shooting long exposures).
    The lens is great for getting super close to something in the foreground and going wide. I think that is one of the the keys to this lens. This lens will make things in the frame look tiny if you don't add something for scale in the foreground.
    At 11mm there is some barrel distortion, but @ about 13-14 mm to 16mm there is pretty much none.
    I have also used polarizing filters and have not faced any crazy patterns or anything like that. You just have to know where you are when it comes to the angle of the sun.
    Vignetting has not been too much of problem so far. I did get some @ 11mm with two filters stacked.
    I'm using ultra thin models which include UV filters, Polarizer, ND Grad, and ND filters. I would stay away from stacking filters though.
    The filter brands that I'm using are:
    Haida
    Zomei
    Hoya
    The Zomei filters have the lowest profile of the bunch. I have the Schott glass with Multi coating models and they seem to work well and do not affect the image.
    I do get some flares when shooting into the sun.
    The lens hood helps keep the flaring in check. Over all I really enjoy this lens. They price is just right and it's a fun lens to play with. I'm glad I purchased it here from B&H. Got a fair price and it came with a 3 year warranty (No warranty for most listings on eBay & was about the same price as the lens is here on B&H). Also came with 3 day expedited shipping which was a bonus :)

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    • No

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    2.0

    Not worth it.

    By Altitude

    from Ventura County, CA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

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

    I've owned 3 copies of this lens thus far. The first had to be returned because of a pre-existing scratch on the front element (I assume that it was caused by the loose lens cap that had been rattling around inside the box during the shipment process..) The second lens was sold after 1 year of use because the threaded filter portion of the lens suddenly began to rattle without any explanation. I have owned this 3rd copy for a few months now and I have only been able to use it a handful of times. This morning I discovered that the zoom ring spins a full 360 degrees with no stopping point. This is after a handful of LIGHT photo excursions. The lens was never mishandled, dropped, etc. Is the lens sharp? Yes. The photo quality is great for the price. There always seems to be a tradeoff however. It seems to me that this particular line of lenses suffer from a series of random and frustrating cosmetic/mechanical failures that the consumer should not have to worry about. Next time I will spend the extra coin and purchase a Nikon, or equivalent, lens that won't plague me with these problems.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great lens

    By llmushin

    from Montreal, Canada

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Rugged

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        I had my eye on this lens for a while. Tokina has replaced it with an 11-20mm version which is just as excellent. If budget is a concern, get your hands on this lens while supplies last.

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        5.0

        Excellent cost benefit ratio

        By Carlos Paz

        from Sucre, Bolivia

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        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 F:

        Excellent target with a high benefit -cost ratio , in terms of sending equipment received on time, undamaged. In short I am very pleased with purchase

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        • No

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        5.0

        Outstanding IQ, Equivalent To Wide Primes!

        By D Reed

        from Maryland

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Good Colorclarity
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Sharp

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          This lens is terrific, like getting three super sharp wide FF primes (24mm, 20mm, 17mm) in a compact, DX package. Lens is well-made and shines on my D7200, providing solid clarity, color, and contrast. An excellent value play in all respects.

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          (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Buen Lente

          By miguel

          from Chile

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

          Lo he usado en diversas circunstancias, muy poca luz y de d�a con resultados muy satisfactorios.. Un poco ruidoso y pesado. De todas formas es un gran lente .

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          (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Good Lens. Great Value

          By John Wide

          from Atlanta, GA

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Wide Angle

          Cons

          • Poor in Low Light

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

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

          I use this lens for work in real estate. It is perfect for capturing large outdoor shots. For indoors it helps with tight spaces, yet I do get a dark area in the bottom of the shots(indoors) which I am not pleased with.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great quality

          By Tomas H

          from Alexandria, VA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Changing To Manual Focus

          Best Uses

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

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

          Great lens for tight spaces and small rooms. Quality is very good, details are great even in corners. I don't like how you switch from manual focus and AF by pulling the lens forward or back because it moves about 1 mm when you put to manual, hence your focus will be a bit off.

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          5.0

          Tokina

          By Bipul

          from New York, NY

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Poor in Low Light

          Best Uses

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

            This is the best lens within the price range with a very sharp image quality.

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            4.0

            Very good lens

            By Daves

            from Roseville,Ca

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery

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

              Went to take some photos in the snow and I was happy with the results.
              The lens worked well and was easy to use and interchange. Fits my requirements very well.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Great Lens - Quick focusing Eben in low light.

              By George

              from Charlotte, NC

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              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 F:

                I've been using this lens for interior shots as well as landscape photos. The lens is crisp and focuses quickly in low light conditions, without 'hunting'.

                I've been using my Nixon 18-200mm VRII as an all around lens. It is a great lens as well. So you might think that the extra 7mm is not that significant, but I find I have much more control over the depth of field with the f2.8 on the Tokina.
                The lens is heavier than I expected, but clearly that contributes to its solid performance.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Lots of fun

                By Rafael

                from Las Vegas

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Difficult to Clean

                Best Uses

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

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

                Recently used this product in Rome. Lots of fun and different perspective shots. Great in low light of museums.

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                • Yes

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                5.0

                Great lens for a great proce

                By Robynsr

                from Rohnert Park CA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

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

                  This is a great lens with a 2.8 aperture by Tokina. Works wonders with my Nikon D7200. If you are on a budget and want a good bang for your buck this is the wide angle to choose!

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                  4.0

                  A Very Nice Lens

                  By Dave

                  from Stamford, VT

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery

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

                    Very sharp, clean lens. Nicely constructed. A great value. Perfect for landscapes, but for indoor use you need an external flash. I like that it is made in Japan.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Very good wide angle lens

                    By Outdoorsman

                    from Eastern US

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • 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 F:

                      I use this lens indoors for tight spaces and low light photos. The results are very good - able to read newsprint in background papers. Best for sharpness at and above f 5.6. Very nice wide angle scenic landscape images. Images are a bit soft in the corners. There is some flare with the sun in the photo sometimes, and fringing at the edges as are well known so plan you shots accordingly. A solidly built lens that does what I need at a good price.

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