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Tokina 12mm - 24mm F/4 PRO DX Autofocus Zoom Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
- 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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|Compatible Mountings||Nikon F(DX)|
|Included Components||Front & Rear Lens Caps, BH-777 Dedicated Lens|
|Item Dimensions||3.31 x 3.52 x 3.31 inches|
|Item Weight||0 pounds|
|Maximum Focal Length||24 mm|
|Minimum Focal Length||12 mm|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||77 mm|
|Shipping Weight||1.85 pounds|
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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.
D70, 28-200G, 18-70mm, 70-200 VR, 50mm 1.8, Tokina 12-24, SB800.
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.
CA: Much worse than expected and much worse than Nikon glass I have used.Read more ›
..which means shortly that I'm more than satisfied.
As I already wrote above the built quality is just excellent !!!... nothing more to say
IMAGE QUALITY: Good Sharpness and very good overall results, colors, contrast. Some vignetting issues at 12mm wide open aperture at f/4, but it goes to acceptable results when stopping down to 5.6 and further. At the other focal lengths, no problem with vignetting. If you search for a negative point, this is the respectively high amount of chromatic aberrations, but on the majority of the shoots they are not visible (even at A3 prints) and depending on the shooting conditions if there is something visible it can be corrected, or minimized with some quick post processing.
Precise and fast on outdoors without any problems at all. If you have to use it on indoors in moderate light conditions again no problem and it works fine and fast On some difficult focus conditions (low light/contrast) it may hunt just a little, but it's really a very short delay which is manageable: so I would say that for a f/4 lens it's AF performs excellent on outdoors and very well in low light.
The only lens I know that goes straight in the match against the Tokina 12-24 is the Nikon 10-24 /3.5-4.5.
I do not own the Nikon 10-24 but I tried it out making many shoots with it, and yes the Nikon is a better lens, but does it justify the price difference ? ..Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great lens for the price. I used a friends lens and loved it. Shopped around for a few months and saw this one and had to have it. Wonderful lens for my D7200.Published 3 months ago by dennis c martin
I make my living as a real estate photographer. I have used this lens for years. It is so well built, that one morning I went out in -20 below weather to photograph the mist and... Read morePublished 18 months ago by T. Mahmood
Ordered the lens it had to come from Japan, You are unable to track it. the company did give me a window that I would receive it in and I received it the day after the first day of... Read morePublished 20 months ago by normanlbowen
Needed a wide angle for my Nikon D90 and did a lot of research before buying. It was a lot of money to me and wanted to be sure I was choosing the right lense. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Ualapue
On a Nikon D7000. This lens is amazing. Built solid so it has some weight to it. Focuses fast as any Nikon I have tried seems to be spot on but at 12mm not much out of focus. Read morePublished on December 6, 2013 by Buzlite
I was in the market for a good wide angle lens and did quite a bit of research. From what I read, this lens was comparable to the very similar Nikon lens that sells for about three... Read morePublished on November 20, 2013 by Amazon Customer