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Tokina AT-X PRO SD 11-16 F2.8 IF DX II Nikon Review

Looking to find more information regarding the Tokina AT-X PRO SD 11-16 F2.8 IF DX II Nikon? Read our latest review to learn more about the Tokina AT-X PRO SD 11-16 F2.8 IF DX II Nikon, its specifications, and if it’s a good camera lens for you. 

Tokina AT-X PRO SD 11-16 F2.8 IF DX II Nikon Overview

The Tokina AT-X PRO SD 11-16 F2.8 IF DX II Nikon is a ultra wide aperture zoom lens that can cover 35mm frame sensors from eleven to sixteen millimeters. This lens comes with a variable maximum aperture of f/2.8, which allows you to take photos in low lit conditions and quickly draw the attention of your viewer to a specific focal point. With an angle view starting at 110 degrees, this lens does not limit you to landscapes or cityscapes but also captures interiors and large groups of people.

This innovation from Tokina covers full framer sensors, has a minimum focusing distance of 0.28m / 11 inches , features one aspherical elements that reduces chromatic aberrations and has a lens construction of 14 elements in 11 groups. These elements are protected by both an ultra-low reflective coating and the Super Protect and Aero Bright coatings that make this camera lens more effective against weather, dust and moisture.

Tokina AT-X PRO SD 11-16 F2.8 IF DX II Nikon Specifications

The Tokina AT-X PRO SD 11-16 F2.8 IF DX II Nikon was first announced on 01/26/2012 with a Nikon F DX mount type. Below is a summary of this len’s specifications: 

Indicative Price: $655

Focal Range: 11-16mm

Aperture: F/ 2.8

Filter Diameter (millimeters): 77

Maximum Diameter (millimeters): 84

Number Of Lenses: 13

Length (millimeters): 84

AF Motor: Yes

Stabilization: None

Zoom Type: Ring

Tripod Mount: None

Colors Available: Black

Manual Focus: Yes

Weight (grams): 550

Tokina AT-X PRO SD 11-16 F2.8 IF DX II Nikon Performance

The Tokina AT-X PRO SD 11-16 F2.8 IF DX II Nikon is a sharp lens with zero distortion and even gets good ratings for its AF speed and construction. We like the fact that you can use this camera lens in low light conditions without having to worry about taking photos with motion blur. This is one of the best features we liked about this unit, which also includes its focal range and high performance in most photography situations. There were some complaints about the image quality when used at 16mm, but looking closely into these reports it appears that changes were made to improve this model compared to its predecessor.

Read our latest comparison article that stacks up the Tamron SP AF 11-18mm vs. the Tokina AT-X Pro SD 11-16mm.

Build and Handling Quality

Constructed from a combination of metal and plastic materials, this model is quite light for an ultra-wide angle lens with a length of 11.5cm / 4.5 inches. With dimensions of 84mm x 77mm / 3.3 x 3in, the Tokina AT-X PRO SD 11-16 F2.8 IF DX II Nikon weighs 555g / 19.9oz without a tripod mount and 580g / 20.4 oz with one included in its design.

Autofocus Performance

You can quickly switch between manual and automatic focus with this unit, but it’s always best to use AF for stationary subjects since there is no stabilization feature. To achieve better sharpness when taking photos ensure you set the focus ring on ‘A’ or ‘M’ to allow the camera lens to adjust automatically.

Sharpness

Images taken with this camera lens are quite sharp and you will not notice any problems related to vignetting when using the Tokina AT-X PRO SD 11-16 F2.8 IF DX II Nikon in most lighting conditions. Of course there is a noticeable decline in image quality when using higher settings such as f/22, but overall we like the performance of this model and its ability to offer consistent images at all focal lengths and aperture settings.

Vignetting

Vignetting is a result of the Tokina AT-X PRO SD 11-16 F2.8 IF DX II Nikon’s cutting edge glass and aspherical elements that allow it to keep its length so short compared to other models with similar focal ranges. Those who have used this unit have no complaints about vignetting, but if you do notice some issues in your images try using f/5.6 or higher settings instead of f/22 for improved results.

Chromatic Aberration

We found little to no chromatic aberration when we used this camera lens and it’s one of the factors that contributes to sharp images. There were some reports about purple fringing in images taken at 5.6 or higher settings, but this can be easily corrected with the use of a suitable editing program such as Photoshop CS5.

Distortion

Since this lens has a fixed focal length it cannot be blamed for any distortion of images and you won’t see any problems with straight lines, parallel lines or compression effects. This is one of the most important features we like about this unit and helps to keep images more natural looking.

Image Quality

Some reports state that images taken with this camera lens at a focal length of 16mm are not as sharp as they could be due to the presence of chromatic aberration, distortion and coma effects. Our research into these claims reveals that Tokina have now added two aspherical elements to those found in version one of this model which help to reduce distortions and improve image quality when using higher aperture settings.

Bokeh

While the Tokina AT-X PRO SD 11-16 F2.8 IF DX II Nikon offers faster focusing and better sharpness than other similar models we did notice a decrease in the quality of the bokeh effect when used at f/22. In most cases users do not need to use this setting, which is why it’s not such an issue for those who are considering buying this model.

How Does The Tokina AT-X PRO SD 11-16 F2.8 IF DX II Nikon Score? 

Below are the lens metric scores we’ve measured for this specific lens: 

  • Performance and Image Quality: 7.5/10
  • Features: 8/10
  • Bokeh: 7.5/10
  • Build Quality: 7/10
  • AutoFocus Quality: 6.5/10
  • Handling: 7.5/10
  • Value: 7/10

Tokina AT-X PRO SD 11-16 F2.8 IF DX II Nikon Pros and Cons

Below are some of the pros and cons regarding this lens. 

Pros: 

  • Better sharpness when used at a higher aperture settings
  • Fast and accurate autofocus performance for all focal lengths
  • Economical cost compared to similar models with the same features
  • Good build quality, lightweight design and low distortion make it easy to carry around
  • Chromatic aberration is not a problem when using this lens which helps ensure images are crisp and detailed from edge to edge.

Cons: 

  • Vignetting is more noticeable at the maximum focal length of 16mm
  • Auto focus can be slow when used with certain types of AF sensors, but this can be improved by using manual or ‘A’ settings for accurate results.

Our Verdict

The Tokina AT-X PRO SD 11-16 F2.8 IF DX II Nikon is  a great model for those who are shooting action photos or videos with high speed cameras, but does not work well with all focus sensors.

This is an excellent option if you are looking for better image quality when compared to other similar models, but still can’t justify the cost of the Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Zoom Lens . Most users agree that images taken with Tokina’s version two are sharper overall, although there were some reports about chromatic aberration when using low aperture settings. If this is an issue for you, then Nikon’s 10-24mm model is a better option.