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Tokina12-28mm f/4.0 AT-X Pro DX Lens for Nikon
 
4.5

(based on 40 reviews)

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94%

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

Night Photography at f/4

By toxictabasco

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

After 2 years the Tokina 12-28mm f/4 is doing more than I expected. With modern Nikon DX cameras, this lens will do very low light photography. It works great for video and 4K time lapse, even shooting the Night Sky Galaxy when ISO is high and shutter is long. The f/4 allows foreground and sky to be in focus when shooting landscapes. And the added range of 28mm at f/4 is ideal for low light multi shot landscape panoramas. Nevertheless, here's a 6 shot galaxy panorama, and one with some light paining.

 
5.0

Great travel and walk around kens

By Robert

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Nice lens. Focal length is more useful, and lighter, for travel/walk around than my old 12-24 Tokina Mark I. Lens motor means its usable on cameras without screwdriver motor.

 
5.0

Sturdy, Sharp Lens

By George

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I use this sturdy, well made lens on my Nikon D7100, for extreme wide angle to standard views. I haven't used it much yet, but from what I've seen so far in my test images, resolution is very high. I've read reports that Tokina lenses are notorious for exhibiting a high amount of chromatic abberation. I haven't noticed that issue with this lens yet, but I'm not concerned about it, because I can correct that in a second, with one click in Lightroom, when I edit my images. This Tokina lens employs their unique AF/M switching method...you pull/push the focus ring to change from one to the other. I'm fine with this method on this wide angle. I would much prefer the Nikon method, of being able to adjust focus, by just turning the focus ring, while in AF mode, for longer lenses, however. I'm very pleased with this Tokina lens and I recommend it.

 
4.0

Great!

By Pablo

from Argentina

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

So far, so good, the build quality es great, feels really good at hand. The focus is fast, colour rendering is vivid and clear... I'm happy with it.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I recommend this product.

By Rubens

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I am very happy with this wide-angle zoom. It fills adequately the range left by 18-55, 18-105 or 18-200 mm. Despite the deficiencies already mentioned in previous reviews, which can be treated by software or by altered posture, it fully serves those who need a higher angle, fulfilling this objective with quality and satisfaction of its user. After much research, this was my choice, leaving behind much more expensive glasses. Although contraindicated, many of my pictures were made with polarizing filter, which caused the need for a small cut during editing. I am not professional, but the sharpness obtained, even compared with pictures made with the Nikkor 50mm f1.4, was fully satisfactory. Regarding the handling, congratulations to Tokina. The lens is pleasing to the touch and has very practical manual mode.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great starter wide-angle lens

By Siyuan

from Undisclosed

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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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

 
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.

(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great travel lens

    By Craig.M

    from Brisbane, Australia

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    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!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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!

       
      4.0

      Super wide

      By f-stop off

      from Portland, Or.

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      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.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (4 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (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!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (36 of 37 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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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            • No

            (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...

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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!

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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