Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX

Last updated (13 June’13):
- Review by Lenstip

The Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX features 11-16mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/2.8. The lens construction has 13 elements in 11 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 104 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 0.3m and has a filter size of 77mm. The Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX lens weighs 560g and it measures 84mm in diameter and 89.2mm long.

Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX
Overall Rating: ★★★★½

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Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX Reviews

Lenstip reviews the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX and writes;
“The lens is not bare of drawbacks. Its CA could be lower, it could do better against harsh light and have a better autofocus. On the other hand, Tokina produces really sharp images throughout the whole frame and focal range.”
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Popphoto reviews the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX and writes;
“Any photographer willing to pay these prices, however, will reap that unusually fast f/2.8 maximum aperture for low-light or high-shutterspeed work, plus extremely well-controlled distortion (by ultrawide zoom standards), a trait that architectural or interior shooters should prize.”
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Photoclubalpha reviews the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX and writes;
“The centre to edge difference at full aperture is emphasised by the unusually high resolution on-axis. The ƒ2.8 aperture enables extra accurate focusing with most DSLRs including the D90, and this really pays off in terms of micro-contrast and detail…”
rating: N/A reviews the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX and writes;
“As far as the image quality goes, in the center it’s a bit soft at f/2.8, then sharp at all apertures from f/4 through f/16 on my 6MP Nikon D50. The edges sharpen up nicely from f/2.8 (where they are still pretty useful) to about f/5.6. From f/5.6 to about f/11, sharpness seems great across the whole image, and at f/16 I notice only the beginnings of a loss of sharpness due to diffraction. Acceptable images can sometimes be captured at f/22.”
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Photozone reviews the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX and writes;
“The resolution is impressively high throughout the zoom range (albeit a short one) and across the image field. Vignetting is really only a problem at 11mm @ f/2.8 but otherwise the issue is very well controlled. The level of distortions is comparatively low..”
Rating: ★★★★½

Kenrockwell reviews the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX and writes;
“Like all ultrawide lenses, autofocus is very fast. One full turn of the AF screw pulls focus from infinity to 3.5 feet (1.1m). The great news is that the distortion is very simple and easy to correct with Photoshop CS2′s lens distortion filter. This is far better than my Nikon 12-24mm, whose complex distortion has always required fancier tools like DxO.”
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Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX User Manual

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Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX Specifications

The new Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX is an ultra-wide angle lens with a fast f/2.8 aperture for better photography in low-light situations. Many photojournalists consider having an f/2.8 aperture a must for any lens in their camera bag.

Based on the award-winning optical design of the AT-X 124 PRO DX (12-24mm f/4) lens, the new AT-X 116 PRO DX has a slightly shorter zoom range to maintain optical quality at wide apertures.

Tokina’s exclusive One-touch Focus Clutch Mechanism allows the photographer to switch between AF and MF simply by snapping the focus ring forward for AF and back toward the camera to focus manually. There is no need to change the AF-MF switch on Nikon cameras** and there is no second AF/MF switch on the lens for Canon, everything is accomplished by the focus ring.

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Comment by Vincent Tassy
2010-08-16 03:20:51

This lens is just amazing !
I’ve used a Canon EF-S 10-22 but now own the Tokina 11-16 and am always impressed by the quality of the images produced by this lens !
It’s tack sharp from edge to edge even at f/2.8
The wide aperture makes it a pleasure to use in low light conditions and helps focusing.
People sometimes complain about the lateral chromatic aberrations but they’re so easily corrected by software that to me this is a non-issue.
The lens uses micro-motor for focusing which is not as fast as ultrasonic motors but I tend to think this UWA lens is primarily used for landscape photography where a super-fast focus speed is not critical. It still focuses quite fast and is silent.
Finally the build quality of the lens is superb and it ships with a lens hood which is not the case for the canon and which, to me, is necessary in this range of focals as there are more chances of getting lens flares.

Comment by yoshiro Subscribed to comments via email
2010-10-09 11:00:04

i give this lens for 5 star. recently i’ve tried sigma 10-20mm, canon 10-22mm and tokina 11-16mm. the sharpness amazingly goes to tokina 11-16mm. other than that, kenrockwell comparision between nikkor 12-24mm and tonika 11-16mm also goes to tokina 11-16mm. this is the only 3rd party lens which can compete Nikkor and Canon’s wide lenses… ?? try it your self!


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