Last updated: Review & Sample Photos @ BobAtkins (added on 17.02.07)
The Tokina AT-X 12-24mm f/4.0 AF PRO DX Lens is the first lens by Tokina which designed or use exclusively on Canon and Nikon Digital SLR cameras with 1.6 crop factor (APS-C sized sensor). This lens is equal to 18-36mm in the 35mm film camera.
>> REVIEWS (last updated: 17.02.07)
BobAtkins reviews the Tokina AT-X 12-24mm f/4.0 AF PRO DX Lens and concludes;
“The Tokina 12-24mm f4.0 is a good lens. It’s sharp in the center and pretty good at the edges when stopped down a little. Corners are a somewhat soft wide open at 12mm, but sharpen up nicely by f5.6. Similarly corners at 24mm wide open are a little soft, but stopping down to f5.6 sharpens them a little and stopping down to f8 sharpens them a little more. Center sharpness is good at all apertures and focal lengths. Chromatic aberration is well controlled, flare resistance is good and distortion, though noticeable at 12mm, is low. Vignetting is slight and not likely to cause problems and is essentially eliminated by stopping down a stop…Overall I can say that I liked the Tokina 12-24mm f4 and I’d have no hesitation in recommending it if the focal length range meets your needs.”
PhotoNet reviews the Tokina AT-X 12-24mm f/4.0 AF PRO DX Lens and writes;
“Finally, there is flare. And, yes, there is some. This is a wide zoom lens after all, and it kind of goes with the territory. The lens hood helps, but mostly, you just want to keep the Sun from shining on the front of your lens. Sometimes a hand or hat is better than the hood. Also, stopping down helps, but doesn’t cure the problem. It also seems most prone to flare at 24mm, and when it occurs my primary complaint is lack of contrast.”
Radugrozescu reviews the Tokina AT-X 12-24mm f/4.0 AF PRO DX Lens and writes;
“The Tokina 12-24 is very well built, up to the AT-X PRO standards. The length and finnish is pretty similar to the Tokina 100 macro, but it is larger in diameter and heavier…I have used the Tokina 12-24 on all sort of assignments, from interiors, to industrial, to social photography and it is a lens I can rely on to deliver professional results. I constantly wonder how I did without it, having only 18mm as my widest alternative. I shoot if from F4 in low light with people in the frame to F11 in the broad daylight and I keep getting very good results. I do not regret buying it for a minute and I wouldn’t change it with any other alternative without serious testing, since I am already very happy with it.”
Photozone reviews the Tokina AT-X 12-24mm f/4.0 AF PRO DX Lens and concludes;
“Vignetting is very high at 12mm f/4 but quite well controlled otherwise (for an ultra-wide lens). It produces a fair amount of wavy barrel distortions at 12mm, less so at 18mm and at 24mm distortions are negligible…Typical for all Tokina AT-X lenses the build quality is on a very high level putting many lenses from other manufacturers to shame especially when considering the quite affordable price of around 450€/US$. “
>> SAMPLE PHOTOS (last updated: 17.02.07)
>>FEATURES & SPECIFICATIONS
* Non-rotating 77mm filter threads mean special effect filters will not change when the lens’ focus is changed. Tokina recommends using HOYA PRO 1 Series low profile filters with the AT-X 124 PRO DX.
* Fast internal focusing with Tokina’s One-Touch focus clutch mechanism allows thelens 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 usuallyassociated 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.
* Chrome plated brass mount plate and all-metal zoom unit can stand up to regular use while advanced polycarbonate outer lens barrels reduce the weight of the lens, making it a pleasure to carry.
Focal Length: 12-24mm
Maximum Aperture: f/4
Construction: 13 elements in 11 groups
Minimum Focus Distance: 0.3m
Maximum Reproduction Ratio: 1:8
Number of Diaphragm Blades: 9
Picture Angle: 99° – 61°(Nikon DX format)
Filter Size: 77mm
Dimensions: 89.5 x 84mm
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