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

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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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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)

Product Information

Product Dimensions 3.3 x 3.5 x 3.3 inches
Item Weight 1.9 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.9 pounds
ASIN B00099C2M6
Item model number AF 12-24mm
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4.4 out of 5 stars 63 customer reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #854 in Camera & Photo > Lenses > Camera Lenses
Date first available at Amazon.com February 22, 2007

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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


D70, 28-200G, 18-70mm, 70-200 VR, 50mm 1.8, Tokina 12-24, SB800.
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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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By Robin F. 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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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.



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.
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I use this lens for more than 6 years now (initially on a D70/D80 now on a D300s), and with the built quality of this lens I think that I will be using it up to my shooting retirement ..
..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 ? ..
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