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Tokina 12mm - 24mm F/4 PRO DX Autofocus Zoom Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras

by Tokina
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  • Optimized for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
  • F/22 to F/4 Aperture
  • 13 Elements in 11 Groups Optical Construction
  • Macro Ratio - 1 - 8
  • 11.8 (30cm) Minimum Focus Distance
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 3.5 x 3.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • ASIN: B00099C2M6
  • Item model number: Nikon
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 22, 2007

Product Description

The Tokina AT-X 124 AF PRO DX lens is Tokina's first lens designed with an APS-C sized sensor. This lens gives the Digital Photographer an ultra wide-angle zoom lens that has the equivalent of an 18-36mm zoom range on a 35mm film camera while maintaining a bright constant aperture of f/4. Non-rotating 77mm filter threads mean special effect filters will not change when the lens' focus is changed. Fast internal focusing with Tokina's One-Touch focus clutch mechanism allows the lens to AF focus faster and switching between auto and manual focus is as easy as snapping the focus ring back and forth. 2 sharp-cut aspherical elements accurately correct aspherical aberration usually associated with ultra-wide angle lenses. Bright, constant f/4 aperture allows plenty of light to enter the camera for shooting in a wide variety of photographic situations. A chrome-plated brass mount plate and all-metal zoom unit can stand up to regular use, while an advanced polycarbonate outer lens barrel reduces the weight of the lens, making it a pleasure to carry. Dimensions - 3.3 x 3.5 (84x89.5mm) Weight - 20.1 ounces (570 grams)

Customer Reviews

Build quality is excellent.
Victor
12mm is a nice wide angle with which you can accomplish some amazing compositions.
Rodney Nelson
Distortion: better than several much more expensive Nikon offerings I have used.
Kate Stokes

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

268 of 276 people found the following review helpful By Robert Brody on June 12, 2005
Like many folks, I was a bit shocked at the price of Nikon's 12-24mm lens. I was willing to pay it, but not if Tokina's version was close, better or equal! My shots were handheld, but just about every shot from the Tokina was sharper, especially at the edges at 12mm. At 24mm, the Tokina seemed to widen the gap. I was really saddened by the Nikon's performance, but the saved 500 bucks was certainly nothing to be sad about!

As to build quality? Forget it. Nikon took the day off on this lens. It feels rather cheap, nothing close to what it's price would indicate. I'm shocked that Nikon made such a plasticy item at close to a 1000 dollars. The Tokina was better in every respect, except I felt the zoom was too stiff.

How about AF? The Nikon focused faster, but frankly the Tokina was focusing FAST as well. A difference that made no difference.

How about CA? I saw little or none from either lens. On the way home I shot some branches and saw very little CA until I cropped past 200%. I'm impressed, but after reviewing my samples I did determine that the Nikon had a bit less CA at the edges.

No, I'm not going to post samples, because they were handheld and there are too many. There have been plenty of samples leaning this way and that already. If there's any logic on this at all consider this: These lenses are pretty close in REAL WORLD use. You don't do much cropping of 12mm shots, unless you didn't take care to compose correctly. In experienced hands either lens will return pro level results, BUT, the Tokina does it better, as good, or just a bit worse...for half the price. I wanted another Nikon logo on the shelf, but I feel that the 12-24 was simply outclassed by the Tokina.

I'm keeping mine. Many thanks to the folks at Tristate Photo in NY who let me shoot away with both, then gave me a nice price of 478.00 on the Tokina.

Robert B

NY

D70, 28-200G, 18-70mm, 70-200 VR, 50mm 1.8, Tokina 12-24, SB800.
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56 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Extreme Shooter on February 10, 2008
I borrowed both the Nikon 12-24 F4 and the Tokina 12-24 f4 pro before I made a descision on which lens to purchase. I was prepared to pay for the Nikon if I felt it was superior to the Tokina. I mostly shoot in extreme conditions, so rugged construction of my equipment is very important, followed by the efficiency of the design (operationally), and the quality of the optics. The Tokina out performed the Nikon based on the construction and was equal to the Nikon in design and optics. It is the only non-nikon glass I use.
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful By listenswithwolves on January 27, 2007
Save yourself a lot o money. You will be happy with this glass. The build has a classic feel and is excellent, and the photos are great. DONT PAY TWICE AS MUCH FOR THE NIKON. If you want an excellent wide angle, buy this and then buy the Nikon 18-200 VR. Actually, do it the other way around.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Kate Stokes VINE VOICE on March 23, 2009
Based on months of researching this lens vs. other options, my expectations were moderately high. I am happy to say that this lens has exceeded them.

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Pros:

Sharpness: 85%-90% as sharp as $1K+ Nikon glass I have used, and you will not even see the 10%-15% deficiency until you are past 100% in magnification. Since you will likely never print larger than 100% magnification (I sure don't) this will not be an issue. I was expecting 60-75% as sharp so this has exceeded my expectations.

Distortion: better than several much more expensive Nikon offerings I have used. Amazingly low and easy to correct if you care to. At 24mm there is virtually none (better than the 24mm Nikon) and at wider angles it is much, much lower than expected and looks great right out of the camera. If you are someone who likes the fish-eye look at 12mm you will be disappointed. There is virtually no fish-eye effect at 12mm. personally, if I wanted that look I would use a fish-eye lens so I am very happy with this lens in this respect.

Focusing: fast, strong, accurate. No problems here.

Contrast: excellent. At least as good as expensive Nikon glass.

Physical: Outstanding build quality as expected. Smaller and lighter than expected, however, and a much better center of gravity than expected. I was expecting something longer, heavier, and more top heavy. I was pleasantly surprised when I actually handled it. Looks solid and professional and doesn't feel flimsy. Hood goes on and stays on just like one would expect.

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Cons:

CA: Much worse than expected and much worse than Nikon glass I have used.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Rodney Nelson on September 25, 2007
After much research, I bought this lens about a month ago and I am loving it. This is my primary lens at the moment , however I do have a 50mm 1.8 prime as a secondary. This lens has a good weight and good build quality. 12mm is a nice wide angle with which you can accomplish some amazing compositions. There are a couple of things to be careful with, which are common with any wide lens - at 12mm and using on camera flash the camera will see it's own shadow cast by the lens - This is not a problem with a separate speedlight.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sammy on January 2, 2009
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Toklina 12-24mm f/4 is a very good lens. It has a solid build and excellent optical quality. Normally, I stay with Nikon lenses for my Nikon camera, but the optical quality of the Tokina 12-24 is actually a bit better than the corresponding wide-angle Nikon lens. AND, this Tokina is about half the price of the corresponding Nikon, so it's pretty much of a no-brainer deciding between the two. The only reason I give it four stars instead of five is that there is actually a better wide-angle lens for just a little more money: The recently released Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 , which just costs about $100 more. The Tokina 11-16 is twice as fast as the Tokina 12-24 and even goes to a little wider angle.

A final note: If you get the Tokina 12-24 or the Tokina 11-16, buy an authentic 77mm diameter Nikon lens cap to go with it and ditch the Tokina lens cap. The Tokina lens cap on my lens broke when I dropped my camera a few inches onto a tatami mat in Japan. Although the Tokina lenses themselves are very sturdy, their lens caps are not, so protect your investment by buying a Nikon lens cap to go with it.
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