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

(based on 151 reviews)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (91)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (82)
  • Consistent output (69)
  • Durable (64)
  • Rugged (49)

Cons

  • Heavy (57)
  • Slow focus (11)
  • No filters (5)
  • Lens flare (4)
  • Difficult to clean (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (105)
  • Low light (72)
  • Weddings (48)
  • Night photography (45)
  • Sports/action (17)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (45), 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

Perfect Compatibility with Nikon FX format cameras.

By John

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Excellent lens. Crisp, bright and perfect compatibility on my D800 FX format Nikon. Can't beat the price point.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good bang for the buck

By Joe

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

I've owned this lens for just over a year now and have shot quite a bit with it. I use it primarily on my FX Nikons: D800 & D600 and I use it primarily for real estate shooting both interiors as well as exteriors. It's been mounted off/on my camera bodies numerous times and has been banged around and jostled in everyday use.

I find that wide open at f2.8 much of the center of the frame is sharp and that the far corners are not as quite as sharp as the center; However, by f 4 the corners sharpen considerably and by f5.6 the entire frame is sharp corner to corner. Again, I find this to be the case on a full FX frame.

I have owned/own other ultra wide angle lenses for both FX and DX formats but I have never owned the Nikon 14-24 nor the Tamron 15-30. I mention those lenses as the Tokina 16-28 is compared to them quite frequently. That said, the Tokina seems to me to be a bargain when compared to the Nikon and Tamron. From the examples I have seen the Tamron appears to be the sharpest and in many reviews the Tokina and Nikkor seem to be very similar but not quite as sharp wide open as the Tamron. 

As for flare, yes, the Tokina has it, however I find it to be both acceptable and controllable considering most ultra wide angle lenses have issue with flare. (From what I have read my understanding is that the Tokina has more than the Nikkor as well as the Tamron.)

As for build quality I find it to be very well built surviving everyday use. This lens is heavy and like the two aforementioned brands it has a large bulbous front element that needs to be taken care of. The (updated) lens cap that came with my model is perfect on this lens. 

So in summary I find that for the price (including warranty) that the Tokina provides quite a bit of satisfaction for my needs. It isn't "perfect" but it doesn't cost a thousand bucks either. I am able to get very pleasing images from it with proper technique. As a result I would recommend the Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX. 

If on the other hand money is not an issue then there are 2 other options that may work a little better.

 
5.0

I would buy this product again and again

By Megan

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I use this to take wide angle shots on my D800. It is very sharp throughout the frame and really works well to encapsulate the whole scene. I upgraded to this lens after owning a Bower 14mm.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It's good for the price, but I was hoping more

By Diego

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

The lenshood it's not good, It's broken now, was less than 2 months good, just a little hit and it's broken. You CANT shoot to lights or the sun directly TOO MUCH FLAREA

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Ignore Bad Reviews!

By Eddie Miller

from Leitchfield Kentucky

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

There are bad reviews for any and everything made. There have been bad copies of every camera lens made. This lens is not idiot proof and you can't shoot into the sun without flare. With all that out of the way I can tell you my Tokina 16-28 is an absolute bargain just as the Tokina 11-20 was for me. This is a great lens that is very sharp and renders great color and contrast. Read as many reviews as you can find before making your decision. With the great B&H return policy you have no reason not to give this lens a try. This is a great lens at a very cheap price. The quality is second to none. You will find older reviews complaining that the lens cover is junk and won't stay on. The lens cover has been redesigned in the past few years and it works great now.

 
5.0

Excellent wide angle lens!

By Marcus

from Undisclosed

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

Fantastic wide angle lens. Sharp and gorgeous!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent lens sharp and heavy.

By Jz

from Trenton nj

Verified Buyer

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

A+

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Everyone who's looking for third party lens

By Didi

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Great lens,bang for the bucks,just great....

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

I hoped not to have to write this..

By Gln

from US

Verified Buyer

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

This lens.. could'a been a rock star, but turned out to be a falling star.

Build: +
Sharpness: +
Standard Flare: 0
Rainbow flare: -
Weight: 0
Price: -
CA/Fringe: +
MF over-ride: -
Filter Usage: --
B&H: ++++

I really really wanted this lens to work out. I read about the flare issues before I bought it. However it seemed like only a few people complaining, that in some cases looked like it was being forced to show. As if it was only a tactic by Tokina haters. But sadly it wasn't. I've had UWA lenses in the past So I was expecting and understood the standard flare a lens in this class is weak to. That's why I rated the standard flare as neutral(0). Compared to other UWA zooms, the ease of flaring is about equal. This rainbow flare you've read about, it's very real, very much a defect in design that gets in your way more than that retired guy driving 15mph under the speed limit when you only have a 30min lunch break... IMHO, Tokina should have pulled this lens from the market and fixed it. I just learned there's a char limit, so I'll have to compress this a bit. During the day (without additional lens shading) expect to shoot with the sun to your back. At night, shoot anything that Does Not have a point of light in the shot that is brighter than a candle at about 20ft. If your good with these rules, then for you there may be no better value. Now wait... before you say that's fine with me. These rules would include virtually No indoor shooting. Yeah, indoor points of light cause it also.

Weight: get over it, or remove ALL f/2.8 zooms or f/1.4 primes from your list. Sorry, it's a fact of life with a fast lens.

Filters: $$$

There's better you can still afford, if you factor Total cost of ownership, (include filters+adapter).

2 random snaps attached 1 OOC that show it's good side with a hint of flaring, 1 one that shows rainbows and no pots of gold. All simple handheld snaps for checking real world performance aspects.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Isn't QUITE the lens the 11-16DX was on my crop body...

By JENNIFER

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

I use this lens only for shooting at night.  I have a Nikon D7000 and a D750.  I love the Tokina 11-16mm 2.8 on the D7000.  Sharp, great focus, fantastic night images.  

Sadly, the 16-28 on my D750 is just lukewarm.  The focus is ok (always use a flashlight, the moon, etc to grab focus at night...works fine), the sharpness is there, but not consistently.  During night shooting I often have to refocus (then I pop the focus back into manual).  

My two biggest issues are the dark cast in the center of a night image (from the bubble front?) and the EXTREME side distortion that is NOT correctable via PS to my satisfaction.  

Perhaps this lens should be sold as a FishEye...at least then one would expect that kind of distortion, but I am not thrilled with it as a wide angle lens.

 
5.0

Buy now!

By KeymoSabi

from South Florida

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

This lens is legit the best new addiction to my life ! Love the perspective of this lens and also the quality (cinematic quality) will chose this lens over the Nikon version only for price. It is a bulb type lens but the distortion isn't bad at all!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Lens!

By viking62

from W. Terre Haute, In

Verified Buyer

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

For landscaping and family photos. Balances well on the D750 Nikon. This lens is as good as 16-35 F4 Nikon. Only difference is the Tokina does not accept filters without an attachment.
This 16-28 is sharp.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Quality Lens

By Michael

from South Burlington, Vermont

Verified Buyer

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

I purchased the Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX lens for my Nikon D750 over the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 based on reviews it received and price comparison. Having already owned 2 Tokinas, ( 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DXII, and SD 16-50mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX ) that work flawlessly on my Nikon D7100 and D5100, I was confident in the Tokina brand. The Tokina 16-28mm Pro FX is solid, well constructed, and produces sharp photos with great image quality. Manual to auto focus is quick and easy with smooth zooming action. I've been using this lens for several months for landscape and astrophotography. Only issue I've had is the same others have pointed out in their reviews, the rainbow flare sometimes produced when shooting into the sun or moon, ( see attached photo ). It's not a major issue to me, this flaring can be fixed in post production programs such as Adobe Photoshop's spot healing brush, or proximity match, or Lightroom's spot removal tool. That said, I'm happy to have added this lens to my Tokina collection. I would highly recommend this lens to a friend.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great compliment to my lens lineup

By MillCreek

from Idaho Falls, ID

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output

Cons

  • Slow Focus

Best Uses

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

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

I am very happy with this lens. I have long wanted a wide angle lens to add to my lens line-up. I have been long wanting the Nikon but could never quite pull the trigger to spend $2,000 on a lens that I really would not use that often. When I discovered the Tokina at nearly a quarter of the price as the Nikon I knew I had to give it a try. I understand that it is a bit slower than the Nikon but it has not bothered me a bit. Most of my shots have been on a tripod and taking pictures of landscape/cityscape I have plenty of time to frame my shot. This lens works great for me!

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  • No

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Does what it is expected to do

By EPR

from Fort Myers, Floridia

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • 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 Nikon:

I have used the lens a few times and the pictures are crisp and clear. I wish it was 12 x 24 rather than 11 x 16. Changing to manual is different but works ok. The price point makes it quite reasonable and the quality seems right on.

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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

 
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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  • No

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
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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    • No

    (0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    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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