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#1 Rebel

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Posted 17 January 2016 - 08:16 AM

I recently bought the Tokina ATX-116 Pro DXII lens. This is an 11-16mm f2.8 lens. I'm not usually very fond of third party lens but Nikon don't make a lens like this one and the closest one they do is way more expensive than the Tokina.

 

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Despite the fact that this lens is in the reasonably priced lens bracket it feels like a pro lens. It has a metal mount and body. It is heavy and quite big. It is designed for DX sensors, at a pinch it can be used on an FX camera but you'll get vignetting at the edges if you go wide full frame. 

 

It has a quiet built in motor so you can use it with cameras that don't have a built in auto focus motor. Focusing is fairly quick and because it's a constant f2.8 you get a good view and consistent exposure. 

 

The zoom range is quite small but you can go for the 11-20mm version of this lens if you want more range. For me 11-16mm covered the range that I don't have covered already. 

 

Even though this lens is very wide, any wider and you are starting to get into fisheye lens territory, it handles distortion and chromatic aberration well.

 

Below is a test shot of the side of a shed where you can see lots of horizontal lines. This shot is shrunk down for the web of course but the distortion and chromatic aberration are uncorrected. This is shot at 11mm, which is very wide. 

 

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We can see distortion of course but in my opinion for a shot at 11mm it's pretty good.

 

The lens comes with a sturdy lens hood which apparently will be needed because flare can be an issue with this lens, at a least in the DXI version. I haven't had chance to experience that issue yet but in this newer version of the lens (DXII) Tokina have made an effort to improve the problem. 

 

Here's a shot I took today. This is the first snowfall we've had in London this winter. I took it fully zoomed out at 11mm.

 

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I've found this lens to be sharp and I consider it to be what they say it is, a pro lens. Tokina don't make many lens and they seem to specialize in ultra wide angle lens. They are part of the same company that own Hoya and they use Hoya glass in their lenses, which I understand Nikon use also. 

 

In conclusion I think that this is an excellent lens that fills a spot that Nikon haven't catered for. It feels solid and professional, looks good and does the job. On the downside it is big and heavy, but in my line of work that impresses people LOL. 

 

Here's a link to the Tokina page for this lens: http://www.tokinalen.../atx116prodxii/

 

 


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Posted 17 January 2016 - 09:02 AM

Other great features on this lens are internal focusing and internal zooming. The lens hardly moves externally.

The unique clutch mechanism for switching from auto to manual focus is an interesting innovation that works well. I think I prefer the system on Nikon's pro lenses myself but I like this too.

If you ever watch DigitalRev's review of this lens (it might be of the first version) then take it with a grain of salt. In fact take all of their reviews sceptically. 😏
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Posted 17 January 2016 - 10:03 AM

Congrats, the image looks good.

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Posted 17 January 2016 - 11:39 AM

Congratulations on the purchase of your new glass, Rebel.  Wow, great review, read it with interest!  Looks like a nice lens.  If you can, please post more images, would like to see them.

 

Distortion isn't much!! The sample of the wall is impressive and I am sure, some of that too can be corrected with software.  If you use NX2, it has a distortion correction feature that works very well.

 

There is no noticeable chromatic aberration that I can see.... maybe, a touch around the dog .... if you sharpen the image, it might be more pronounced.

 

Regardless, looks like an excellent lens!  Enjoy.


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Posted 17 January 2016 - 12:36 PM

Excellent review and congrats on the new lens! The 3rd party guys are given the big boys a run for their money my Tokina 100 f2.8 is super and half the price of the Nikon.

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Posted 17 January 2016 - 02:41 PM

@Art Yes there's chromatic aberration on the dog's hind leg. I've noticed that it is most pronounced in areas that are slightly out of focus at the edges of the frame. There was no cropping in that image.

Interestingly I took two test images that were almost the same, one with the Nikon 35mm prime and one with the Tokina 11-16mm. The chromatic aberration was worse on the prime lens than the Tokina zoomed to 16mm.
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Posted 17 January 2016 - 09:46 PM

I've heard nothing but glowing reviews of this lens. I bought the Nikkor 12-24/4 right before I found out about the existence of this baby. Not that it's a bad lens but I'd have liked that extra stop.

Congrats on the new glass!!

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Posted 15 February 2016 - 06:37 PM

excellent review.

I have this lens and really like it.

I found it to be great for street events like the farmers market, antique fair etc. where you are up close and personal.


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Posted 24 February 2016 - 01:00 PM

Hi, I've got a Nikon D5100. I use it for shooting videos. I'm thinking of buying this lens. Could this be a good choice for me? I read good reviews, and they also said that the autofocus problem with the D5100 was solved in this II version. Is that right?



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Posted 24 February 2016 - 09:27 PM

Welcome Eniko to the planet.

 

Yes the new version has a built in motor so it will AF with your D5100. 

 

We try to get to know all our new members so if you could introduce yourself in the new member forum I think you will find this to be a very friendly place.

 

Again welcome to Planet Nikon we are glad you joined us.

 

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Posted 25 February 2016 - 05:56 AM

I've had no problems with focusing using this lens. As Jim mentioned the lens has a built in motor so it is auto focus compatible with all Nikon DX cameras, it can even be used on FX cameras in crop mode.
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Posted 25 February 2016 - 10:25 AM

Tokina makes very nice lenses.  I have an old MF 2.8 mid range zoom that is a go too for still life.


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Posted 27 December 2016 - 07:42 AM

I'm looking at the AF-S version of this lens. It gets great reviews.


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Posted 01 January 2017 - 10:00 PM

Yes it does get good reviews. I almost bought the 11-16 but last summer I found a good deal on the Tokina 12-24 so I got it.


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