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Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX II Digital Zoom Lens (for Canon EOS Cameras)
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139 of 142 people found the following review helpful
Size Name: CanonVerified Purchase
I bought this lens to "complete" my lens collection. I have a fair number of good to high-quality lenses, but the widest lens I owned was a 24-70mm. It just seems that fairly often I find myself needing just a bit wider than that. I read a bit about this lens before the purchase and it seems a lot of people are very happy with this lens. Now that I own it, it is obvious why. Right out of the box you can tell that this is a solid piece of equipment. It is definitely not a "fantastic plastic". It's got some heft to it, though it is not so heavy that it is uncomfortable on the camera. (I have a Canon 40d.) In playing around I found it to be a very sharp lens. It also has tremendous depth of field making it great for getting group shots and including background. I've read some complaints that 11-16mm isn't much of a zoom. It's not. However, when it's that wide I look at the zoom just to give me a little play around the edges and keep my group more towards the center of the photo. If 16mm is way wide, I'd go with the 24-70mm and if 11mm isn't wide enough I'm just going to have to back up. This is my first Tokina lens and I was a bit nervous, but not now. I'm very happy with the purchase. If you buy it, I hope it works out as well for you and thank you for taking the time to read my review.

Additional Review 8/22/14: When I originally wrote this review I had owned the Tokina for a little over a month, now it has been more than a year. I am still as happy with it as I was when I bought it. I wanted to add that this is a bit of a niche lens. I'm now using a Canon 70d and if I'm out and I'm only taking one lens this isn't it. However, when I pack a bag, the tokina is always in it. when I'm looking for that really wide shot, this is the lens and it has never disappointed me. I'd also like to point out that this is not a fisheye lens. There is a little distortion at the edges, but to me I've always been amazed that there is not more on a lens this wide so I certainly am not upset by it. Thanks again for reading my review and I hope if you buy this lens that it gives you some great shots as well!
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103 of 107 people found the following review helpful
on July 25, 2012
Size Name: NikonVerified Purchase
Yes - this is the MK II version that was only released in Japan - I called the company (Gigabargains) to verify, and they managed to get a few in stock from the distributor. Auto Focus works GREAT on my d5000 (told you it was the MK II!) - very quick, very snappy. And since it focuses as close as 12 inches, you can take some VERY abstract fun photos/portraits with this lens (in addition to all the other reasons to get glass like this). New coatings seem to hold down flare and ghosting as well. Tokina did a fantastic job updating this already great lens. It's still SUPER sharp across the frame at f/5.6, and very respectable at f/2.8. Also, in terms of design, the push/pull focus ring I think is far superior than the switches found on Nikon lenses - more intuitive and much quicker to operate. Although I don't think it's worth upgrading if you have the older version, if you don't have an ultra-wide in your kit, this is the one to get! Worth noting that I have shot with Nikon's 10-24, and despite the shorter range, the Tokina's construction is much stronger, and operation of focus rings is far smoother. Given that ultra-wides have HUGE depth of field, I think being able to get down to 2.8 is worth more than people typically give it credit for. Given that this version has a focus motor, it's no contest against the Nikon. Thank you, Tokina (and Gigabargains)!
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78 of 81 people found the following review helpful
on March 20, 2013
Size Name: NikonVerified Purchase
I first used a DX wide angle years ago at my old job - the Nikon 12-24 f/4. Loved that lens, even at 12mm f/4.

So last summer when I was shopping for a DX WA of my own, the Nikon 10-24 3.5-4.5 seemed like a no brainer. I figured I would use it mostly wide open at 10mm, so the slightly larger aperture and wider end seemed like a step up. However, after using it for a while I was never really happy with the sharpness of the images my copy delivered. It was good but not great (I use WA's to feature a subject prominently in the frame, not for landscapes, so I like to shoot close to wide open if possible.)

I didn't have access to the Nikon 12-24 f/4 anymore to compare to, but after discovering the Tokina 11-16 f/2.8, I decided to look into the Tokina 11-16 as a possible replacement.

After almost a year and a lot of research, I decided to go for a Tokina 11-16. Since I still had the 10-24, I did tripod comparisons with a remote shutter, comparing the lenses at 11mm f/3.5, 11mm f/5.6, 11mm f/8, 16mm f/4, 16mm f/5.6, 16mm f/8 from exactly the same position, without moving the tripod.

In every shot comparison the Tokina images at 100% were obviously sharper than the Nikon images - just as I suspected, and as my research suggested. Wonderful! Now, I may have received a great copy of the Tokina, and had a not-so-great copy of the Nikon. But in my real-world tests using the Nikon previously, I never thought the sharpness was "bad" - just not amazing. And I always wondered if starting at f/2.8 meant a sharper f/8 when I got there. The answer for me is: it does. This Tokina's sharpness is great! As a bonus, I get f/2.8 throughout the limited range if I need it.

So, in summary...

TOKINA 11-16 PROS:

- Sharp. Sharper than the Nikon 10-24 between 11-16mm and f/4-8.
- Fast. Option of using f/2.8 throughout the range.
- Solid. This lens feels pro grade and the Nikon feels plasticky.
- Price! Remarkably, this lens is currently $200 less expensive brand new then the Nikon 10-24 is, brand new.

TOKINA 11-16 CONS:

- Range. Less range than the 10-24. Sometimes being able to go to 24mm was handy and meant I wouldn't need to swap lenses.

TOKINA 11-16 NEUTRAL:

- Color/Contrast. Color overall seems better delivered on the Nikon. Although to be fair, I didn't test for this (i.e. used AWB in all shots.) Contrast seems to be about the same as the Nikon.

As a final note, I was concerned that the Auto Distortion Control menu option on my Nikon DSLR would be greyed out with the Tokina 11-16 as it is with my old discontinued Tokina 50-135. But the answer is, it is not! The camera recognizes the lens for Auto Distortion Control. Meaning I can get straight lines SOOC just like I did with the Nikon lens. Very convenient if you're like me and try to get as much right as possible in the camera to avoid post processing.
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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful
on August 23, 2012
Size Name: NikonVerified Purchase
I have several Tokina lenses in my lens cabinet, all carefully selected and this one has joined its brother and sisters in my Nikon and Pentax Glass and is going to stay there. I have given it a real work out under and around The Woodrow Wilson Bridge in Alexandria with perfect distortion free results..sharp, saturated and contrasty. Observe all the composition cautions when using such glass and you will be well pleased. Built the way I like a lens built...strong. I'm even going to mount it on my Fuji XPRO 1 via adapter and give it a test which I fully expect will be stunning. I love it on the D7000 and am waiting for a 24 mp DX from Nikon to go along with my D800 and D700. Five Stars from a fussy glass picker!
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
on November 4, 2013
Size Name: CanonVerified Purchase
Delivers exactly what it's supposed to--super wide angle on a crop sensor, with wide aperture, with really clear and sharp optics, very well constructed, with a lens hood, for $500ish price range. I picked it up after going over tons of "wide angle" lenses for my aps-c sensor camera. The three big ones are the Canon EF-S 10-22mm, the Rokinon 14mm and this Tokina 11-16mm. End of the day, the Tokina is the faster glass, at 2.8 at a wide angle of 11mm. Set her to infinity, point at the sky or landscape (or hyperfocal focus) and you're ready to shoot without even worrying. Why get this lens? For sky shots and landscapes. It also works really well in doors, if you want to take photos of the entire room and everyone in it, at close quarters. It's f2.8 lets you really do well in low light without a flash if you wish. Otherwise, it really excels for nighttime sky photography. This is why I chose it over the Canon and Rokinon. The f2.8 gives you more light gathering ability when doing exposures of stars and clusters (like Milky Way). More light for the given time, means more image. It was a simple choice when I compared the stop ranges. Everything else is either twice the price, or has an aperture of 3.5 or higher. Just not wide enough for my taste when shooting the night sky.
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on June 27, 2013
Size Name: Canon
Sharp as sword!
Built like a tank!
Ultra wide!
Fast Aperture- F/2.8!
Reasonable price!
Made in Japan!
What else you want?
I recommend it...
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83 of 93 people found the following review helpful
on October 9, 2012
Size Name: Nikon
I picked up the newest "DX II" version of this lens, the successor to the phenomenal 11-16 atx pro dx, based on how good the old version was. Optically, it's still the great lens the old one was. I can't see any benefit or difference the "new improved coatings" makes. It still does have the same sun flares that the old one had, but only in abusive situations (direct sunshine at an angle entering from the sides). So I can't really see the improvements in the coatings. Its a light magnet for sure, roughly a full f-stop faster than its competitors. The zoom feel is great---smooth and no creep when pointed down. Its definitely well built, and better optically than any other wide-for-nikon I've tried.

BUT...this model, which does have its own a/f motor built in, repeated fails to focus. It hunts, and usually locks just behind the subject. At far focus, it always goes beyond infinity all the way to the hard stop at the far end of its travel. This really lets down a great lens, which can be tack-sharp when focused manually, but only about 50% of the time when using automatic focus. Shooting at or above F/8 does help, but the lower f/2.8 is why I bought this lens in the first place, so I'm a little disappointed. I verified this on two bodies...the D5000 and a D90. Its not just the sample i have...Ken Rockwell stated a similar issue in his review of this lens as well. Hopefully this is a first run issue and Tokina will get the bugs worked out soon. If you have a Nikon with a built in motor, get the old version and skip this one for now. If you have a 3000, 5000, 3100, 3200, 5100, wait for the kinks to be worked out first. Im sure Tokina will get this corrected, and it will be a fantastic lens. Then its a 5 star product for sure!
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on March 20, 2013
Size Name: NikonVerified Purchase
What can I say - super fast, super wide - excellent color rendition and sharpness - the tiniest barrell distortion at ultra wide - which is expected and desired for some of those really fun up close and personal shots - who doesn't want a dog with a four foot snout? I am uber impressed with both the quality of the lens and the images it produces. I know some complained of focus issues - maybe I got a model that has been improved - not sure - however I shot all day inside a museum and another entire evening was spent shooting long exposure after dark skyline shots - I found it hunted less than my Nikon 80-200 2.8 and was super sharp 99% of the time - beautiful sunstars around all of the lights.... I love this lens. I let my daughter use it all day on her D3200 and it focused fine on that body as well - in fact it was due to her d3200 that I bought the VII - so she could use it in autofocus - I was compensating for the fact that the Tokina 2.6 28-70mm I bought doesn't focus for her on the d3200:( nor does my 50mm 1.4 prime or the 80-200 2.8 ... Anyway - I would seriously reccomend this lens to anyone who wants to add a superwide to their repetoire and would prefer not to sell one of their kidneys. Get it - just do it - do it...you will not regret it.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on November 2, 2014
Size Name: Canon
This UWA lens is a MUST for serious astrophotographers that use crop cameras.
It's tack sharp, infinity focus is just that, no guessing, wide aperture.
You will love the images it captures.
I use it with my Canon 70D, a perfect combo.

Nothing bad to say, all good things to say.
I've attached a sample of what it can do.
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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on September 3, 2013
Size Name: CanonVerified Purchase
This is a fantastic lens, possibly the best ultra wide angle out there if you shoot Canon, and I know many Nikon photographers who love this lens as well. I bought this initially because it is a fast ultra wide and suitable for low light. I have gotten fantastic milky way shots with it using 30 second or bulb exposures. For daylight sky photography, the pictures produced are incredible, low distortion, full of contrast and sharp. I also own the Canon 10-22, and the Tokina has now taken over as my primary landscape and storm chasing lens. The Canon is going up for sale eventually, as the Tokina has performed so well. I don't say that lightly about a third party lens, but this is really top of its class.

The Tokina 11-16 is at least equal in sharpness to the Canon 10-22, yet is wider and faster, has very well controlled distortion across the range, all features easily offsetting the loss of some additional zoom range that you might find in the Canon or other lenses. When I want a wide angle, I don't need that much zoom anyway. When shooting ultra wide for up close objects a few steps is the same as a zoom, and if you are shooting landscapes or skies, all lenses with longer zoom ranges have a large compromise in optical quality or speed. This lens is comparable in sharpness to my L series glass, is built just as well, and costs much less. Its nice when lens engineers decide NOT to compromise by trying to make a lens do everything. This is an amazing ultra wide performer in every respect, and one of the most used lenses in my bag. If you are out there comparing ultra wides - I would give serious thought to the Tokina 11-16mm. If you buy from Amazon, the return policy is excellent as long as returned in like new condition. You can't go wrong.
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