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TokinaAT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX Lens for Canon
 
4.4

(based on 129 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (76)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (36)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (63)
  • Durable (52)
  • Consistent output (49)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (48)
  • Easily interchangeable (32)

Cons

  • Heavy (50)
  • Slow focus (10)
  • Blurry focus (4)
  • Poor in low light (4)
  • Weak casing (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (87)
  • Low light (54)
  • Weddings (41)
  • Night photography (40)
  • Video (19)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (33), Semi-pro photographer (33), Pro photographer (30), Casual photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (99)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent Lens

I was Skeptical to stray from Canon L lenses based on reviews. I researched and researched for a wide angle Lens for my 60D that will also be compatible with the 6D when I...Read complete review

I was Skeptical to stray from Canon L lenses based on reviews. I researched and researched for a wide angle Lens for my 60D that will also be compatible with the 6D when I come up with the bread to buy it. I actually borrowed a friends 16-35mm f/2.8L II to go on a camping trip and was disappointed after I got home and found all my images soft compared to my 24-70 f/2.8 L. at first glance before buying this lens I was automatically put off for lack of filter compatibility.But later found there is a company that makes a 145mm filter adapter for it for $269.I think if I need a filter I will use one of my other lenses for now. But anyway I kept weighing choices until I decided to bite the bullet. I am both surprised and delighted in my choice. this lens is sharper than the canon 16-35 I had by far. My copy focuses fast and quiet on AF as well as my lens cap stays on tight. I did test it taking a few pictures of light to see if it flared, it did .but I bought this lens for landscape photography so that is not bothering me. I did notice while shooting landscape at dusk on aperture priority that the camera metering was under exposed between bright sky and the ground. I had to go up 2 stops to correct but no big deal to me. Also my test shots at 2.8 where a tad soft at the edges . none of this is a deal breaker based on my results with the 16-35. I think I can live with any downfalls that this lens has and use one of my other lenses in a situation that is critical for streetlamps or wanting to get that super crisp 2.8 shot..

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good lens but not perfect

I shoot press and documentary photography and really needed a wide angle + 2.8 lens, so, since the canon 16 - 35 was out of my budget I got this lens, it´s...Read complete review

I shoot press and documentary photography and really needed a wide angle + 2.8 lens, so, since the canon 16 - 35 was out of my budget I got this lens, it´s really great to use a 2.8 (specially since I used a canon 17 - 85 f4 - 5.6) autofocus is not the fastest but is fast enough, the problem has come 4 times when I have had the focusing ring stuck which can be solved by turning off the camera but makes you loose shots, the other bad thing is the excesive lens flare on very sunny days. Construction is not so good as my lens already has dust inside, other than that, this lens is a good economic option for a full frame camera in wide angle lenses.

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5.0

Great service

By Patricia G.

from Undisclosed

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

My product arrived in time and excelent conditions.

 
4.0

Great image - Average focus.

By John

from Undisclosed

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

I bought this lens almost a year ago and it has been very good for the most part. It's built like a tank and feels premium. It's been on 40-50 shoots with me (both photo and video) and it's held up very well! It's sharpness seems to be very good. The distortion is okay considering its less than $700.

My biggest gripe with this lens is no question the auto focus. It's "okay" for photography if you have lots of light, but it's essentially unusable in any lighting situation for video. I use dual pixel AF on my C100ii all the time with other lenses no problem, but this lens will not focus for video.

Overall I do like this lens, but I can't recommend it for video if you are hoping to do any kind of auto focus. I do however think it's a great value for photography!

 
5.0

This lens is a winner!

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

I bought this lens after my pro shooter buddy raved about it. I love it so much, I sold my 17-40. What great photos of Borrego wildflowers this year! This lens rocks.

 
5.0

Tokina knocked this one out of the park!

By William

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I spent a lot of time shopping around for a good "wide" lens that I could use for landscape photogrpahy. I ultimately narrowed the list down to the Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 and this lens. It was a no brainer from there, as you can buy nearly 3 of these lenses for the cost of one Canon 16-35.

Tokina didn't skimp on quality. The lens is massive and has phenomenal build quality. The images are sharp corner to corner, and there is barely any distortion. There is little to no chromatic abberation and I haven't tested coma levels yet. Absolutely my go to lens now when shooting landscapes or architecture.

 
5.0

Fantastic lens for a fantastic price!

By farmnerd

from Kansas City Missouri

Verified Buyer

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

I use this lens for landscape, low light, and night shots. It works very well with no distortion, no softness, and great light gathering capabilities. The lens continues to surprise me with its functionality and crisp images.

 
5.0

Best Wide-Angle Lens for your Buck!

By Philip

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I love the wide/ultra-wide range this lens offers! I've used this lens for landscapes, group photos, and distorting dog heads (hilarious)! While there is distortion at the ultra wide 16mm range it certainly corrects itself once you hit 20mm and up. For me the higher 24-28mm works perfectly for group photos. I also like the solar flare in landscapes, which seems to be the bane of others.

The only downside I'd say about this lens is the poor AF grabbing in low light situations (slow). It can take it a couple of seconds to determine focus on your subject. However, this lens is overall awesome for the price point, and given the features it possesses to get the job done.

Philip

 
4.0

Great value for the money

By Michael

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Great lens. I use it primarily indoors, shooting in tight spots at a museum. Being able to hand hold while shooting in low light conditions has been a huge plus, as the small spaces have little room for a tripod. I really wanted to stick with Canon lens's, but I couldn't justify the extra cost, this lens exceeded my expectations.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Overall good lens at an affordable price

By Jack C.

from Indiana

Verified Buyer

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

Agree with prior pros and cons especially the weight being a bit heavy and having an exposed lens without an easy way to protect with a UV filter. That said, I have been satisfied with the lens in terms of the quality of the images after two shoots. As always, great B&H service.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Just being honest

By Ann Marie

from Undisclosed

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

The lens is like a tank. Great build. I used a canon 5d mark iii for this lens. I heard this lens is amazing an great. But honestly it wasnt what i expected. Its not very sharp as i would like. Infact i feel like it has trouble focusing when taking pictures of people. But it does give cool angles and for being 2.8 the background does have some blur. I was going to return this lens but i didnt have my UPC code so make sure u keep that on the outside of the shipping box if u buy one, or anything, incase u are dissatisfied. Im kinda glad i get to keep it, i do like it, its just not up my sharpness standards. Probably fantastic for landscapes though!

 
4.0

Great lens, Right price

By Eddie

from Cold Spring KY

Verified Buyer

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

Great for low light shots. The warping at the corners when zoomed all the way out is a little annoying, but for the price? Can't go wrong!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Worth the buy

By Raul Espinoza Photography

from New York

Verified Buyer

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

I love the range this lens covers. Aside from clients, I shoot a lot of street and travel photography. This lens let me get up super close and personal to get a dynamic shot and also lets me capture so great landscapes. Only thing I am not nuts about is that the lens cap is different from standard caps in that its wider then the lens and bulky. Caution picking it up by the lens side because lens can fall down if only holding on to lid. Other then that I am happy with it.

 
5.0

Excellent Product

By AI

from San Francisco

Verified Buyer

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

This is exactly what I was looking for. Perfect

 
4.0

Great lens for the price

By happy shooter

from los angeles, ca

Verified Buyer

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

Quality is great but the price is less attractive when you consider having to purchase a specialized filter holder for it.

 
3.0

Perfectly adequate, decent.

By ADH

from Southern California

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

This lens has equal parts good and bad, for me. It's not remarkably sharp, but it's inexpensive. It doesn't have bad distortion or vignetting, but the AF is a little loud and rough. It's pretty big and heavy, but it feels very sturdy and solid. I've gotten rid of a few lenses in the past when they're just useless to me, but I like this one just enough that I haven't gotten rid of it- maybe because I haven't tried Canon's similar lenses. I'm considering ditching this for Sigma's 20mm F1.4, but it gets the job done so I probably won't put in the effort to make that switch...

I cut hair for a living and attend a lot of seminars and demos; the greatest use for this lens in my experience has been working in tight crowds at these events. I'd recommend the lens to a friend who was just dabbling with photography, but if someone is asking me for advice they're not a pro.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Ultra-Wide-Angle Lens

By xdzxdz

from Pittsburgh, PA

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

I have been a photographer for years. I do a portrait and landscape a lot. I always wanna use a uwa lens for landscape.
In the past, I use a 10-18mm ef-s on my 70D. It is a amazing lens. 300 dollars give you an incredible vision.
Since I upgraded my gear to 6D. I need a new uwa.
This 16-28 is superb. I don't see a lot of vignetting in the corners. You can also correct those distortions in your camera and computer software.
2.8 aperture gives you DOF, makes this a portrait lens and Milky Way lens.
Only two things I want to warn you: 1. the weight. I spend a lot of time in the gym. So this one is ok to me. 2. No filter for it. Be careful when you use it outdoor.

Pros: less vignetting, sharpness, zoom range, fast aperture.
Cons: no filter applicable, weight.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great value lens

By Ilan

from Jerusalem, Israel

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

No other sub $1,000 wide angel zoom lens for a full frame DSLR. For the price it is a great lens. I got a good copy, if all copies like that at B&H then great job by the shop keeping quality.
Don't expect contrast or colours as an L lens but you will be satisfied by the lens' optical capabilities.

The lens is heavy, with my 5D Mk III it is havier than the same with the 24-105L. The lens shape is a disadvantage for not able to use filters.

I highly recommend the lens and B&H.

(0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I love it

By Aucas

from Chile

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Nice Bokeh
  • 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 Canon:

Its perfect

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Basically quite satisfied

By Dale

from Sunnyvale, CA

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Night Photography

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

The lens lives up to its advance billing as "heavy", especially when added to my already hefty Canon 5D II. The focus seems quick, the views at all zooms are cheerfully bright, and the daylight images at every zoom position are everything I expected--very good. I took some 5- and 10-second (unguided) exposures on the sky to see what the star images look like, and they're good (not great)--certainly good enough for my use--and I don't have comparable images from a higher-end lens of this wide angle capability for comparison. One of my motivations for buying this lens is a forthcoming trip to Alaska, with the possibility of getting the aurora, as well as sweeping landscapes. Sharp star images won't be an issue with the aurora, but certainly the f/2.8 focal ratio will be a great help. So far, glad I bought it.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great solid lense

By Vicente

from Los Angeles, CA

About Me Photography Student

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Difficult to Clean
  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Video
  • Weddings/Events

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

Awesome wide angle lense. Just used it traveling, perfect for landscapes. Great shipping

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Very Soft Copy of Tokina 16-28mm f2.8 lens...

By Don

from Sonora, CA

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Photography

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

    I returned the Tokina 16-28mm f2.8 lens to B&H Photo/Video because it was extremely soft at all apertures and focal lengths. I then had B&H send A Canon 16-35mm f4.0 L series lens. I highly recommend the Canon lens based upon sharpness, longer focal length and the ability to use filters without adapters. This Canon is an incredible lens and among the very sharpest L series lenses that I use. Spend the extra $400 dollars; You will be very happy.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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