- Tough Build
- Really Affordable
- Great for Low Light
- Constant f/2.8
- Limited Zoom Range
- Noisy AF
- No Weather Seal
The Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 would have to be one of the most affordable super wide angled lens you can buy for an APS-C cropped sensor camera. It’s built like a tank, just as Tokina lenses are known for. It was my go-to lens for landscape photography, when I had my Nikon D7100. It was sold along my D7100 to get my Nikon D810. I still miss it till this day and regret not having it. It has a fast aperture of f/2.8 and it’s perfect for low light situations.
WHO IS THIS LENS FOR?
Although it can also be used in any photography, this lens is best suited for landscape photography.
Type: Wide Zoom
Mounts: Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony A
Sensor Coverage: APS-C
Maximum Aperture: f/2.8
Minimum Aperture: f/22
Angle of View: 104°-82°
Minimum Focus Distance: 0.3m / 11.8in
Macro Ratio: 1:11.6
Optics: 13 Elements in 11 Groups
Aperture Blades: 9 Blades
Moisture Protection: Yes
Filter Size: 77mm
Weight: 560g / 1.2lbs
Features: Aspherical Optics, Super Low Dispersion, Internal Focusing, Multi-coating
As you’d expect from Tokina lenses, this lens is SUPER sharp. I mean really sharp. Center sharpness is tack sharp even while wide open at f/2.8 and as you go past f/4, it just keeps getting sharper and sharper.
While some may be able to nit pick at this lens for its corner sharpness performance, it’s not that bad, you got to remember that for a lens that only costs $399* (at the time of this writing), you can forgive its shortcomings.
*This review is based off of the PRO I. Tokina has released an updated PRO II of this lens. The PRO I is difficult to find brand new online.
This lens uses Tokina’s One-Touch Focus Clutch Mechanism, which allows you to switch from automatic focus to manual focus by pulling down or pushing up the focus ring.
The focus speed is reasonably fast. I say reasonably because this lens isn’t meant for sports or action but it can keep up with fast subjects.
I will say that the biggest problem this lens has is the autofocusing noise. The motor in this lens is LOUD. Im not exaggerating. I got use to it when I was out in the field. If your photographing a wedding ceremony, I wouldn’t recommend this lens because it will draw attention. This also means that it wouldn’t be great for video, unless you use it on manual focusing. For landscape photography, it really doesn’t matter. Which was the reason why I didn’t mind the noise.
Like I mentioned before, this lens is built like a tank. It has Pro quality feel, when it comes to durability. It can take a few hits and still work. Not much else I can say about the build quality.
Another shortcoming of this lens is that it doesn’t have the weather sealed rubber on the back if the lens. This is Tokina’s way if reducing costs on this super wide angled lens. On higher end lenses, you pay for the added benefit that you can be under the rain and have peace of mind that your lens and camera will be out of harms way. Again, this is, for some, a tie breaker. I do remember being more careful with that lens under the rain. Only because I was afraid if frying my camera. But it still didn’t hinder me from getting the shots I needed. I remember buying a lens cover for raining conditions.
As you’d expect from a lens at this price point, you get some chromatic aberration. But not by much. Nothing good old Lightroom can fix in post.
This is a wide angled lens so bokeh is very hard to do with this type of lens. Usually a super wide angle lens like this at f/2.8 is already sharp from edge to edge and that’s what you’ll expect from this lens.
Zoom range is very limited on this lens. 11mm to 16mm isn’t that much of a difference. I do wish this had a little more zoom range.
For the price you pay, you’re getting an awesome lens. Sure it has it has its drawbacks like noisy focusing or the fact that this lens doesn’t have weather sealing. But what you do get is sharp images, rugged durability and the affordable price tag. The positive outweighs the negatives and if you can see past the negatives of this lens, then I totally recommend getting this lens.