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Tokina AF 12-24mm f/4 AT-X 124 Pro DX II Lens - Nikon Mount
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- The Nikon mount AT-X 124 PRO DX II has a built-in AF motor drive
- With the built-in motor, the lens can be used in AF mode with the Nikon D60 and D40 and other silent wave bodies
- The new multi-coating helps reduce reflections that can cause flare and ghosting
- The AT-X 124 PRO DX II features the one-touch focus clutch mechanism.
- Digital single-lens reflex DX lens_ dedicated to digital SLR cameras with APS-C sized sensors
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|Compatible Camera Mount||—||—||Nikon (DX)||Nikon F (DX)||Nikon F (FX)||Nikon F (DX)|
|Focus Type||—||automatic_only, manual_only||automatic_only||Ring-type ultrasonic||Ultrasonic||Ultrasonic|
|Item Dimensions||—||0.39 x 0.39 x 0.39 in||4.02 x 4.02 x 4.02 in||3.46 x 3.43 x 3.43 in||5.2 x 3.86 x 3.86 in||3.54 x 3.27 x 3.27 in|
|Item Weight||1.19 lbs||0.04 ounces||1.21 lbs||1.15 lbs||2.14 lbs||1.07 lbs|
|Lens Type||zoom||Zoom||normal||Zoom lens||Zoom lens||Zoom lens|
|Maximum Focal Length||24 millimeters||28 millimeters||16 millimeters||20 millimeters||24 millimeters||24 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||12 millimeters||12 millimeters||11 millimeters||10 millimeters||14 millimeters||12 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||77 millimeters||77 millimeters||77 millimeters||82 millimeters||—||77 millimeters|
The Nikon mount AT-X 124 PRO DX II has a built-in AF motor drive. The motor inside the lens was loaded onto the Nikon mount specification anew. The AF operates smoothly and quietly due to a DC motor that uses a new AF control gear assembly. With the built-in motor, the lens can be used in AF mode with the Nikon D60 and D40 and other silent wave bodies. The Canon version of the lens already has a built-in AF motor and will benefit from the improved multi-coating. The optical system of original AT-X 124 PRO DX won awards for its sharpness world-wide. This design was maintained in the AT-X 124 PRO DX II and improved with the introduction of new multi-coating_ system. The new multi-coating helps reduce reflections that can cause flare and ghosting even more than in the AT-X 124 PRO DX. The AT-X 124 PRO DX II features the one-touch focus clutch mechanism. _ To use the one-touch focus clutch mechanism, move the focus ring forward, towards the front of the lens, for AF or back for MF. This allows for a fast and easy manual over-ride in difficult lighting situations. Digital single-lens reflex DX lens_ dedicated to digital SLR cameras with APS-C sized sensors.
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-Prosumer build quality (much better than the average Nikon consumer stuff)
-Very affordable, especially for a UWA zoom
-SHARP! very sharp
-Excellent zoom and focus ring feel
-Internal zooming and focusing (this is surprisingly nice, especially if you have never had an internal zooming lens)
-Extremely high chromatic aberration/color fringing in the edges (not extreme edges, just outside of the center.
-Flares very easily (this is common to other UWA zooms though but its something to keep in mind)
First, I will say that this lens is SHARP! if you like sharpness and care about nothing else, just get this now and don't worry about it. It is also really well built; it zooms nicely, the focus ring begs to be used (especially due to the clutch mechanism it has), it looks rather nice physically, etc. Color rendition is also rather nice and in line with what Nikon produces.
This lens has 1 major problem though; it has extremely high Chromatic aberration. This may not be a huge deal breaker to some users, but if you shoot high contrast images with bright lights, you will certainly notice the CA. The copy that I received had such bad CA that on some of the test shots that I did with this lens the colors around the edges were visibly shifted to a purply-looking mush (it sounds much worse than what it actually was, but it is certainly noticeable). Due to this problem I had to sadly return the lens (and I mean it when I say sadly, as I really wanted to keep this guy).
So would I recommend this lens? I would, to someone on a really tight budget. This leans is awesome, it feels leagues ahead build quality wise than lenses that are much more expensive than this. It is also sharp and produces some nice images. However, if you can afford to fork over some cash, I would try to get a lens that has a bit better optical performance, especially since CA is such an annoying thing to fix (fixable, but nonetheless annoying) and is certainly an issue that cripples this lens... Seriously, if Tokina fixed this issue I would be willing to pay around 1k for this lens, its that nice.
Overall very pleased with the lens. Really no complaints. Would recommend it to anyone wanting a wide angle for a DX lens. You won't be disappointed.
The camera is D40, had the lens for 1yr+ and we took over 200-300 pics with it. My 2 other lenses in the bag are 35/1.8 and 55-200 Nikkors. I'm shooting mostly outdoors with it - scenery, machines mostly, flowers, some candids
+ Sharpness - it's OK even at 12mm as long as you stop at f/5.6 or above. At f/4 corners are visibly soft at any legth
+- Vignetting at 12mm - there is a trace of it, but noting to die about it. Other reviewers could be pickier than me.
- Purple fringe - it's there, especially at low apertures on the edges. Maybe it's the D40 primitive (by 2013 standarts) SW, not sure. Mind your framing.
+ Autofocus, focus breathing, pre/post focus - none noticed
- Colors - 80% of the time - suck compared to 35mm prime (i.e. crank the saturation when changing lenses). But the other 20% colors could be great.
-- Exposure - usually overexposes by 0.7 - 1.0 stop; most of the time I shoot this one at -1.0. Could be a problem of my own sample and sure depends on the light angle/camera metering/focal length, but that's probably my biggest gripe with this lens.
-- Low light - forget about shooting indoors or at high ISO etc. Maybe with a better body, but with D40 not practical
Bottom line - this lens requires substantial technical and artistic skill. Composition, light position, background vs foreground, framing, time of the day, f-stop all should be accounted for. I have very few keepers with it, and most of the time it's not the lense's fault, it's mine. I pondered heavily to return it but there were no better options and I consider this lens a learning opportunity/challenge. So can't recommend it to the casual shooter who just wants great pics (in full auto the results will be dismal), but if you know your stuff and need a wide angle zoom it's not a bad lens for the price.
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