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Tokina12-28mm f/4.0 AT-X Pro DX Lens for Nikon
 
4.4

(based on 35 reviews)

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    (21)

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    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (19)
  • Strong construction (19)
  • Durable (15)
  • Consistent output (13)
  • Easily interchangeable (10)

Cons

  • Heavy (4)
  • Blurry focus (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (23)
  • Low light (10)
  • Night photography (7)
  • Video (4)
  • Weddings (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (13), Semi-pro photographer (10), Casual photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (29)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

New But Not Popular

Although a little over a year old, it's the most recent Ultra Wide from Tokina, and it's not that well known. I use this for time-lapse, video, indoor, street, and landscape...Read complete review

Although a little over a year old, it's the most recent Ultra Wide from Tokina, and it's not that well known. I use this for time-lapse, video, indoor, street, and landscape photography. It has a great zoom range with very good image quality. Ideal zoom range saves me time from switching lenses when I'm pressed for time at the sunset/sunrise hour doing landscapes. I'm very impressed with the performance in low light, as I shoot mostly for long exposure, golden hour and blue hour. The Auto Focus is dead on accurate, and the build quality is a lot better than I expected for the price. The internal focus keeps the lens compact even at 28mm. 77mm filter size. And, the sunburst/starburst and flare performance is great. Also, the zoom and focus rings are very smooth; easy for finger adjustments. The Auto Distortion Control in Nikon D7100 and D3300 works with this lens. And, it has a lens profile for the Lightroom 5.7 which works only in RAW format, no profile for JPEG format.

On the down side, there's a lot of chromatic aberration or purple color fringe from f/4 to f/5.6 under heavy contrast florescent night shots and in daylight shots. I suspect this lens will give off the same purple color fringe I see in so many star galaxy photography pix shot with Tokinas. And, a simple check box click in LR5 to remove chromatic aberration will not fix it. However, using the color option in the camera lens adjustments will fix it easy; just push the purple color slider to 4 to remove the purple fringe. Nevertheless, easy to fix and will not degrade the image.

Overall, this lens' image quality, zoom range, and build quality make it ideal for shooting ultra wide, to near normal range without needing to change lens. It has more glass elements and groups than the more popular Tokina 11-16. And f/4 is still pretty fast for a ultra wide, being that this is a large depth of field lens, and the sweet spot is about f/8 to f/11. Great for run and gun video in low light, landscapes, time-lapse, and general purpose wide angle use. Not really designed for shallow depth of field. And, it can pose a problem with color fringe/chromatic aberration in specific conditions.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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5.0

Great starter wide-angle lens

By Siyuan

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

I bought this lens recently and took it on a trip to Banff used it to take over 1000 landscape shots over the course of a week and found it to be the perfect lens for hiking/outdoors.

Pros: Exactly like how most reviewers described it - it's a great lens to start on for wide-angle shooting, very sharp at around f/11, and great overall build quality for the price. It's also relatively light for a semi-pro lens and not too burdensome on hikes.

Cons: Almost guaranteed to have some chromatic aberration if you're shooting in daylight, and there is a fair bit of distortion; both of which can be fixed in post without too much issue. It's a bit soft at the corners but generally won't be an issue since in most landscapes the corners won't be in focus anyways. Also, the sliding mechanism to engage MF/AF felt somewhat sluggish and didn't feel as "clicky" as I expected; not sure if it's normal, but not a huge issue.

Other Thoughts: 

For those used to the typical Nikon focus rings and are unsure about this push/pull MF/AF mechanism - honestly you won't even notice the difference, especially if you're going to use auto-focus 99% of the time anyways. After using this for over a week, I almost prefer the Tokina method since you won't screw up your focus if you accidentally touch the focus ring (important if you're always fiddling around with ND/CPL filters), since the focus ring is completely disengaged after you move it to AF.

That being said, for those unsure if the 12-28mm or the 11-16mm is right, I'd recommend the 12-28 for hiking/general outdoors. I did find myself having to go up to 28mm in some cases, since when you're on a trail in the middle of a hike, 'zooming with your feet' will generally end up with you with an express trip to the bottom of a cliff; and you don't always have the luxury of changing lenses if it's raining or if there's no clean/dry space around. That being said, the extra 1mm might make a difference, and although I can't speak for the 11-16, for the 12-28, if you're putting a CPL filter in front of it, you'll only be able to zoom out to about 13 or 14mm to avoid vignetting. After you stack another ND filter on top of that, you're looking at starting off at at least 15mm at the widest without some serious vignetting, so it's something to keep in mind if you're planning on using a lot of filters with this lens.

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5.0

Great Lens!

By Vinny

from New Jersey

Verified Buyer

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

I wanted a wider than 18 mm lens for landscape and when 18 mm on a crop sensor (D90) is too long a focal length and this lens fits the bill. I own another Tokina Lens, 35 mm f 2.8 (which I bought from B&H as well) and it is a fantastic lens so I went with this hoping it is just as great and it is! It has a nice zoom range, sharp, compact and focuses fast. If you never used a Tokina lens it has a push/pull mechanism for auto/manual focusing which is different from my Nikon lenses, not a problem but a little different. I've only used it a few times but I am happy with the performance of the lens.

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5.0

Very Sharp

By Rocket

from Cincinnati

Verified Buyer

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

The first lens made a rattling noise. B&H replaced it withing 5 days - great job. I performed some unsophisticated tests by photographing text at the center and edges of the FOV. The sharpness at the center was excellent and it was very good at the edges.

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5.0

Ideal Photo Video Lens

By toxictabasco

from Nevada

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Photography
    • Sports/Action
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events

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

    It's been almost one year with the Tokina 12-28mm f/4. And it has become my main ultra wide for video, and time lapse. I also use it's big zoom range for multi shot panorama landscapes and night photography. For video, it's 12mm wide end is great for run and gun video without much distortion, and the constant aperture f/4 allows me to stay in focus while zooming.

    I like that the image quality is great wide open from center to corners, and across the zoom range. It's focus is fast and diffraction is minimal and lens flare is well managed. The build quality is great. And the 9 blade aperture provides great sharpness and Bokeh for video.

    As with all the Tokina ultra wides and cheap prime lenses, this 12-28mm lens suffers the same Chromatic Aberration problems. Under the same conditions as well. But, it's easily fixed in post processing NEF files. And the Nikon in-camera lens profile helps correct the CA as well as distortion and vignette for JPEG and Video files.

    Overall, it's a great all purpose ultra wide DX lens that has the longest zoom range. Great for video, and photo. It covers a lot of range too.

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    5.0

    Great travel lens

    By Craig.M

    from Brisbane, Australia

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Great Zoom Range For Trav

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Architecture

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

      Used the lens for extended travel in France and Spain on a D7200. Excellent lens for shooting inside cathedrals, landscape and architecture. Found the images were sharp with very little ca. Its my go to lens for day to day shooting and the LR CC lens profile seems to work perfectly. Only addition I'd like to see would be VR. I love this lens!

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      5.0

      Tokina 12-28mm awesomeness

      By @parkour_maniac

      from Louisiana

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

      The lense is amazing! The Bokeh is unreal and more intense than my other 3.5f lens! Perfect equal amount of wide and zoom so it is very versatile! Definitely recommend!

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      4.0

      Super wide

      By f-stop off

      from Portland, Or.

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Poor in Low Light

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Night Photography

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

      Very little use so far and more than likely won't use a ton. I wanted it in my bag for the few occasions I want it .. Too many times in the past I need a little more width and now have it.

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      1.0

      Too much CA

      By hellreturn

      from paramus, NJ

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Blurry Focus

        Best Uses

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

          CA is extremely high. Sometimes even Lightroom can't fix CA. Sadly I missed the deadline on return. Wouldn't recommend anyone this lens. Also i have soft focus issue on Nikon D7200.

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          4.0

          Worth the money

          By Rahul Nomad

          from New York City

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • 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 bought this lens for my Alaska Trip, the advantage of this lens over 12-24 mm is that it provides extra 4 mm which can sometimes come handy. It is very sharp and auto focus also work great with Nikon d7200. I am loving it so far.

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            (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A Great Lens!

            By Rod

            from Southern Louisiana

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Breat Built Quality
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Image quality

            Cons

            • NONE

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery

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

            This lens was purchased for landscape work and the first images are absolutely stunning! I shoot with an APS-C sensor and sharpness across the frame is great--really great. Even shooting with the sun peaking through in some frames, I see little to no flaring. Chromatic aberration is very minimal and really not an issue. Build quality is excellent, manual focus is very smooth and precise, and auto-focus is fast and spot-on with my Nikon D7200. I absolutely love this lens. Highly recommended!

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            4.0

            New But Not Popular

            By toxictabasco

            from Nevada

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

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

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

            Although a little over a year old, it's the most recent Ultra Wide from Tokina, and it's not that well known. I use this for time-lapse, video, indoor, street, and landscape photography. It has a great zoom range with very good image quality. Ideal zoom range saves me time from switching lenses when I'm pressed for time at the sunset/sunrise hour doing landscapes. I'm very impressed with the performance in low light, as I shoot mostly for long exposure, golden hour and blue hour. The Auto Focus is dead on accurate, and the build quality is a lot better than I expected for the price. The internal focus keeps the lens compact even at 28mm. 77mm filter size. And, the sunburst/starburst and flare performance is great. Also, the zoom and focus rings are very smooth; easy for finger adjustments. The Auto Distortion Control in Nikon D7100 and D3300 works with this lens. And, it has a lens profile for the Lightroom 5.7 which works only in RAW format, no profile for JPEG format.

            On the down side, there's a lot of chromatic aberration or purple color fringe from f/4 to f/5.6 under heavy contrast florescent night shots and in daylight shots. I suspect this lens will give off the same purple color fringe I see in so many star galaxy photography pix shot with Tokinas. And, a simple check box click in LR5 to remove chromatic aberration will not fix it. However, using the color option in the camera lens adjustments will fix it easy; just push the purple color slider to 4 to remove the purple fringe. Nevertheless, easy to fix and will not degrade the image.

            Overall, this lens' image quality, zoom range, and build quality make it ideal for shooting ultra wide, to near normal range without needing to change lens. It has more glass elements and groups than the more popular Tokina 11-16. And f/4 is still pretty fast for a ultra wide, being that this is a large depth of field lens, and the sweet spot is about f/8 to f/11. Great for run and gun video in low light, landscapes, time-lapse, and general purpose wide angle use. Not really designed for shallow depth of field. And, it can pose a problem with color fringe/chromatic aberration in specific conditions.

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            (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            MUCH BETTER THAN I EXPECTED!

            By Hardright46

            from Phoenix, AZ

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Weddings/Events

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

              I was looking for a serious wide angle and couldn't ignore all the rave reviews I kept seeing from people from most of the research I conducted, like I almost always do. I hadn't bought any "third party" lens, yet people with much more experience and tech savoy were really giving this Tokina great reviews. I haven't been disappointed. All I need for wonderful home interior shots and landscapes! So far, no negatives from me. Going to keep my eyes and mind open to other possible great lenses that don't always say Nikon...

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              5.0

              Tokina 12-28 f/4, Awesome!

              By OB

              from Searcy, AR

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • A little Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Creative portraits
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Photography
              • Video

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

              I bought this lens because I needed to be able to go a lot wider. I also wanted to be able to have a decent zoom range without spending so much for the Nkon 12-24 f/4. From the pictures I have gotten out of this lens, it is very nice for it's price, and it is very sharp at 12mm but gets softer at 28mm, but that's not very noticeable if focusing closely on a subject. The build quality is excellent, and I don't regret not getting a Nikon equivalent lens.

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              5.0

              very satisfied

              By Sam

              from Los Angeles, CA

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • 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:

              Works well with my D7100.

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              5.0

              Love it

              By Samguitar5

              from Lancaster, PA

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast / accurate auto-focus

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                  I honestly love it. Did a lot of research before I purchased and it is what I was expecting. I use it with my Nikon D5200 and glidecam. Works great!

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                  5.0

                  Another Winner

                  By BobV

                  from Orange County, CA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery

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

                    I wanted to go W I D E R. B&H used department bought the Tokina 16-50 f2.8 lens I purchased from them in 2007. I was prepared to purchase a Nikon 12-24 f3.5/4.5. I always like to speak with a sales person when placing an order because their input is usually of value, as it was this time. I ended up buying another Tokina, the 12-28 f/4. I did like the 16-50 very much but the zoom locked up a year ago and I had to have it repaired. Not only did I save money but as the rep told me the lens is very sharp. And with some of the money saved I purchased 3 years of total coverage. I used to be in the video production business and have been purchasing equipment from B&H since the 1980's. They have never let me down.

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                    5.0

                    upgrade from Kit Lense

                    By Slimside

                    from Lakewood, Co

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Photography

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

                      I was going on a trip to moab and wanted to try my hand at some light painting and night photography. After reading several reviews and watching more reviews on You Tube, I concluded this gave me the most bang for the buck. Attached images. Note: Camera is D5300

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                      4.0

                      Good so far

                      By slimsidepics

                      from Denver, Co

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action

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

                        I purchased the lens for an upcoming trip to Moab. However, I used it this weekend to shot photos for a mountain trail running race. I did not justwant to show the runners but also show where they were.At least to a fairly new photographer the images were sharp. For the money I am very pleased with the purchase.

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                        4.0

                        Very good value for money

                        By Giuseppe

                        from Italy

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery

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

                          The lens appears as a good built quality, good feeling on rings rotation, it is quite lightweight and the autofocus is fast, silent and accurate.In my opinion this can be a very good alternative to more expensive Nikkor 12-24 and 10-24 DX lenses.

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                          5.0

                          Great

                          By Mech

                          from SW Florida

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery

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

                            This is my 1st wide angle lens, I have the Nikon 18-200 for my D7100 but always felt like I couldn't fit what I wanted in the frame. Not a problem now, this Tokina 12-28 is great, focus is quick, images sharp and bargain priced!

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