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Tokina12-28mm f/4.0 AT-X Pro DX Lens for Nikon
 
4.3

(based on 15 reviews)

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92%

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Pros

  • Strong construction (11)
  • Durable (8)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (8)
  • Rugged (7)
  • Consistent output (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (11)
    • Low light (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (7), Semi-pro photographer (5)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Expectations Met & Surpassed

    It is my first Tokina digital lens and is not only a great walk-around lens covering the super-wide to near normal perspectives but is amazingly free from edge distortion as well at at its...Read complete review

    It is my first Tokina digital lens and is not only a great walk-around lens covering the super-wide to near normal perspectives but is amazingly free from edge distortion as well at at its widest(12mm). The lens is totally quiet and balances well on my D7000 and is amazingly free from the usual edge-distortion effects common on wides. I have only used it for a few days but am in love with it. Because of its range and my likes for wide views it will probably be on my camera most of the time. It is nicely damped in manual usage, focuses quickly, is solidly built and everything I was hoping it would be and more in image rendition. Bottom line - a great lens for the money.

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    I Had High Hopes

    I bought this for my Nikon D7100 thinking it would be a great compliment to my great SLR.. I was HUGELY disappointed. I have owned the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 Super Wide...Read complete review

    I bought this for my Nikon D7100 thinking it would be a great compliment to my great SLR.. I was HUGELY disappointed. I have owned the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 Super Wide lens and loved it. This lens was very disappointing. Great sharpness in the Center, but the corners were so soft and distorted even at f/8 to f/10.. The colors were to off a bit from what I am used to from Nikon. I returned this product after a weak of using it..

    I really did have high hopes for this lens, but was really let down by the performance..

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    4.0

    Meets my expectations, images are good

    By Wes

    from USA

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    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Environmental Portaiture
      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Tokina 12-28mm f/4.0 AT-X Pro DX Lens for Nikon:

      I chose this lens to cover the wide-normal focal lengths for my nature and family photography.

      I find this lens to be adequately sharp with good distortion and vignetting characteristics. Chromatic aberration is present, but I have found it easy to correct in Lightroom. Autofocus seems fast and consistent, but in many situations I prefer manual focus and I like the Tokina sliding focus clutch design. The lens and supplied hood are sturdy.

      The zoom ring is relatively stiff, which is different but probably not good or bad. When zooming the lens, the front element moves forward and back, and at about 18mm a relatively wide gap is present on the front of the lens that may allow dust and moisture to enter the lens body. For this reason, a UV filter may be a useful accessory for this lens.

      My copy of the lens may suffer from a quality control problem, causing the lens to sometimes click and vibrate when zooming past about 18mm. I expect this problem can be fixed through service or exchange.

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      5.0

      A Very Versatile Wide-Angle Lens!

      By Pimadude

      from Tucson, AZ

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Video

        Comments about Tokina 12-28mm f/4.0 AT-X Pro DX Lens for Nikon:

        I recently purchased this lens after carefully reading all of the reviews on the lens (including those on B&H Photo). I've only used the lens for a brief period, but I'm quite satisfied with its performance. It's sharp and very low in distortion and has a useful zoom range that permits using the lens even as a carry lens.

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        4.0

        Superb Lens for the price

        By Ajay

        from Statesville, NC

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        Pros

        • Close focusing
        • Durable
        • Sharp
        • Strong Construction
        • Versitility

        Cons

        • Chromatic abberation
        • Flares
        • Ghosting
        • Manualauto Focus
        • Poor in bright light
        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light

        Comments about Tokina 12-28mm f/4.0 AT-X Pro DX Lens for Nikon:

        I bought this lens mainly to do indoor photography, and I needed the versatility that this lens provided. The wide angle is great for capturing the views necessary for indoor photography. Furthermore, this lens is very sharp. However, the focus is a little slow in low light. My other complaints are shifting to manual focus from automatic can be cumbersome and shifts the focus point easily; a switch would be much easier. Also, in bright light, this lens produces extreme lens flair, chromatic aberration, and ghosting. Overall, a good lens though for my purposes.

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        4.0

        Great little lens so far!

        By Mana

        from Hawaiʻi

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Rugged

        Cons

        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Tokina 12-28mm f/4.0 AT-X Pro DX Lens for Nikon:

        I will be on the deck of a sailing canoe for a two month trip and I bought this lens specifically for this purpose. So far on a test sail it fared very well, the auto focus can be tricky at times in low light, but being a super wide, I use manual focus most of the time anyway. The images are good, with the expected amount of distortion around the edges that you find on wide ext wides. Itʻs a pretty sharp lens, and I canʻt wait to compare it to my other nikkors of similar focal lengths

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        5.0

        A great "do-it-all"

        By Isaan man

        from N.E.Thailand

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Interiors
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Photography
          • Normal lens

          Comments about Tokina 12-28mm f/4.0 AT-X Pro DX Lens for Nikon:

          A very sharp very wide angle to normal zoom lens. For me, this and the 100mm Tokina macro makes a very capable two lens kit. I am impressed by the quality of construction and optical excellence of both of these!

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          4.0

          Great value for money.

          By Mactavish

          from Toronto.

          Comments about Tokina 12-28mm f/4.0 AT-X Pro DX Lens for Nikon:

          Firstly - I love this lens. I have 18mm upwards covered and wanted an ultra wide, but one that allowed me to carry day to day and cover landscapes, candid and some family type shots.

          This is the ultimate lens. I never felt constrained as I think I would have been with the others that only go to 20 or 24mm.

          This lens is amazingly sharp, colours were punchy, Way better than I expected.

          The only drawbacks were some some lens flair, but that's to be expected with this wide a lens. Also have to remember on camera flash doesn't work with the wider range.

          I really enjoyed this lens, price is incredible, and it's my default lens now.

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          5.0

          I love this lens!

          By roger the photo guy

          from Covington LA

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about Tokina 12-28mm f/4.0 AT-X Pro DX Lens for Nikon:

            I recently purchase the Tokina 12-28 F4.0 lens and had a chance to use it on a trip to Death Valley and Arizona. The lens produced images with better color and sharpness compared to my Nikon 18-105 kit lens on my Nikon D90. I made several shots at the same focal lenght and aperature and the ones taken with the Tokina lens were sharper had better color balance and contained more fine detail. I didn't notice any CA problems reported in some reviews and found the amount of distortion to be small.
            The focus was fast and accurate. I rarely use the manual focus feature on the lens but when I did I found it useable but not as easy to engage as some of the newer Nikon lenses.
            The 12-28 mm range was very usable. One item about wide angle lenses is that picture composure is critical; if you don't have an item in the frame to give the photo depth it will end up looking like you were just far away when you took the picture.
            I really liked the solid feel of the lens and it matches up nicely on my camera; not too big or too small
            I would highly recommend this lens!

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            5.0

            Better than the Nikon 10-24mm

            By Matt

            from Miami, FL

            About Me Casual Photographer

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            Pros

            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about Tokina 12-28mm f/4.0 AT-X Pro DX Lens for Nikon:

            My first impression of the lens is its weight. It is heavier than the Nikon 10-24mm lens, but the range of zoom and the build quality of the lens sold me. The Nikon lens also has a bit more distortion on the low end of the zoom compared to this one.

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            5.0

            So far so good

            By Lee

            from Northern NY

            Comments about Tokina 12-28mm f/4.0 AT-X Pro DX Lens for Nikon:

            I don't necessarily write reviews but after using this lens several times, so far I find it very very good. This is going to be my go to travel -walkabout lens.

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            4.0

            Happy with the test results

            By Lew

            from Midlothian, Virginia

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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            Pros

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

            Cons

            • A Little Soft At 28mm

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about Tokina 12-28mm f/4.0 AT-X Pro DX Lens for Nikon:

            I have found the lens to be as described 'on-line'. I tested for sharpness and diffraction by shooting a 40" graphic test sheet @ 12mm, 24mm & 28mm. Even @ F22 Very little diffraction was shown in the center or edges. Sharpness was consistent to the edges of the sheet/frame in all tests[F4, F7.1, F22]. @ 24mm it was about as sharp as my 24-120mm Nikkor @ 24mm. @ 28mm it was not as sharp as the 24-120mm Nikkor @ 28mm. It is tight and very well made.

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            4.0

            Very solid and sharp

            By Axiz Photography

            from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Tokina 12-28mm f/4.0 AT-X Pro DX Lens for Nikon:

              I have been bouncing between the 11-16mm and the 12-28mm ... This lens is almost as sharp as my 35mm 1.8 and 40m Micro.

              Very fixable CA, Built like a tank, cant wait till I can shoot with this on the D7100 ... Very Very good lens.

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              5.0

              Must-have for 3-dimensional composition.

              By Ed

              from South Africa and Israel

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Have not found any yet

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about Tokina 12-28mm f/4.0 AT-X Pro DX Lens for Nikon:

              If someone likes wide-angle photography, then this is an excellent tool on DX. It balances perfectly on D300 and I very much like the manual focus clutch mechanism.The comparatively huge range from 12 to 28 mm makes it almost unnecessary to swap lenses. The relatively small aperture of f/4 is not a problem for me as I would seek large depth of field anyway. However, f/4 does allow some nice boke effects when taking photos of very close objects.

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              1.0

              I Had High Hopes

              By D7100man

              from Lowell, MA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Blurry Focus

              Best Uses

                Comments about Tokina 12-28mm f/4.0 AT-X Pro DX Lens for Nikon:

                I bought this for my Nikon D7100 thinking it would be a great compliment to my great SLR.. I was HUGELY disappointed. I have owned the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 Super Wide lens and loved it. This lens was very disappointing. Great sharpness in the Center, but the corners were so soft and distorted even at f/8 to f/10.. The colors were to off a bit from what I am used to from Nikon. I returned this product after a weak of using it..

                I really did have high hopes for this lens, but was really let down by the performance..

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                4.0

                Good but not great!!

                By Kooka

                from Melbourne, Australia

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Blurry Focus
                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Tokina 12-28mm f/4.0 AT-X Pro DX Lens for Nikon:

                Bought this lens on the reputation of the 11-16 f2.8 as I wanted more walk around range. Saw some manufacturers full size samples that looked excellent.
                On my Nikon D5200 the results were good but not as sharp as I expected. Shooting in RAW and with a tripod certainly helps but for best results need to post process.
                Lens is quite heavy on the smaller D5200 body but it is well made and feels robust. The 12mm is wide enough for 99% of my expected photos so overall quite happy but not ecstatic (hence the 4 stars). Service by B&H to Australia was excellent.

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                5.0

                Expectations Met & Surpassed

                By Al

                from Albany, GA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Low Distortion In Wide
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Nicely Damped In Manual
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction
                • Very Useful Zoom Range

                Cons

                • None found yet

                Best Uses

                • General photography
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Nature
                • Pets
                • Portraits
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Tokina 12-28mm f/4.0 AT-X Pro DX Lens for Nikon:

                It is my first Tokina digital lens and is not only a great walk-around lens covering the super-wide to near normal perspectives but is amazingly free from edge distortion as well at at its widest(12mm). The lens is totally quiet and balances well on my D7000 and is amazingly free from the usual edge-distortion effects common on wides. I have only used it for a few days but am in love with it. Because of its range and my likes for wide views it will probably be on my camera most of the time. It is nicely damped in manual usage, focuses quickly, is solidly built and everything I was hoping it would be and more in image rendition. Bottom line - a great lens for the money.

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