Hours of Idleness-A Photographer's Journey in St. Louis

Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro Lens

Posted in photography, Uncategorized by Jason Gray on April 29, 2010

This lens rocks! If you are looking for an extremely functional, yet relatively inexpensive DX lens, in the wide-angle territory, then look no further. Tokina was created by a group of Nikon lens designers who broke away from the camera giant to start a little business of their own. This background shows in nearly all of the lenses available in the Tokina catalog, making it a leader in quality among the third-party lens manufacturers. However, this lens, in particular, demonstrates the best possible mix of affordability, build quality, and optical performance that I have yet seen, even from Tokina. I would not hesitate to own this lens, whether you are traditionally a Nikon purest (like me) or not.

That said, I don’t use this lens a terrible awful lot, and that’s because this lens (and all wide angles, in my opinion) requires a certain sort of shot before it comes out of the camera bag. What I mean is that, I often will only pull this lens out when I am shooting large groups, or when I want a certain “look”. However, I don’t hesitate ever attaching this lens in those situations because it really is a stellar performer.

In terms of its competition, the Nikkor 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G gives a broader range but is about $150-200 more expensive and a little slower, the Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 is the same price and slightly wider but is way slower, and the Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 gives a broader range and is cheaper by about $200 but is slower and has been shown to be way less sharp.

All shots Nikon D300 with Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G lens.

More pics and stats after the jump–>

Side-view with clutch focus in AF position:

Side-view with clutch focus in MF position:

Side-view with hood attached:

Full Name: Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X 116 Pro DX
Max/Min. Aperture: 2.8/22
Diaphragm Blades: 9
Lens Configuration: 13 Elements in 11 Groups
Filter Size: 77mm
Magnification Ratio: 1:11.6
Focuses Beyond: 12″

Top View:

Some pics that I have taken with this lens:

This one of my grandmother won me third place in the Irv Schankmann Memorial Photo Contest in 2009

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  1. […] of bringing my 17-55 and 80-200, I took my Nikon 105mm f/2.8G, 50mm 1.8D, 28-80mm f/3.3-5.6G, and Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8. The 105mm ended up being the best choice for the circumstances, followed by the 50mm. I expected a […]

  2. […] Nikon D300 Nikon D50 Nikon N80 Nikon N65 Nikon N6006 and N8008s Nikon EM Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G Lens Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro Lens Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G Lens Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D Lens Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G Lens Nikkor 35-135mm […]

  3. […] Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX (version 1) […]

  4. […] 6. Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G 7. Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D 8. Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G DX 9. Nikkor 20mm f/2.8 AiS 10. Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX (v1) 11. Lens cloths and rain sleeves 12. Ball bungee 13. Batteries (camera and AA) 14. Shutter release […]

  5. […] Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 […]

  6. […] Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-x Pro, Nikkor 24mm f/2.8D, Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G DX, Nikkor 50mm […]

  7. […] Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro […]

  8. […] DX would go along with lens cloth and rain sleeve, Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G, cavity for Nikon D300, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-x Pro, Pelican memory card case, small first aid kit, f-stop Digi Buddy (battery storage). Also visible […]

  9. […] for lenses, somewhat surprising for me is how often I use the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 At-x Pro. If I were to wager why that lens has become such a mainstay for me, I would guess that it relates […]

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