Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X PRO DX

First published on: Monday, 16 January 2012

This is the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X 116 PRO DX lens:

Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X PRO DX

This lens has been superseded by the new Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X PRO DX II.


Ken Rockwell’s Tokina 11-16mm review — Ken seems to really like this lens, and declares it to be superior to Nikon’s own 12-24mm lens, and falls just slightly short of the much more expensive (and full-frame) Nikon 14-24mm lens.

Interesting is the fact that the Tokina 11-16mm becomes usable on the Nikon D3 at 15mm focal length — Ken has samples in the review.

VadimOm says that the Tokina 11-16mm can be used on full-frame, FX digital SLR cameras from Nikon is you zoom the lens to 16mm. There will not be any vignetting at that focal length, and only slight vignetting at 15mm., in this Tokina 11-16mm review, declared the Tokina AF 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX lens as ” … currently the best ultra-wide angle zoom lens for Canon EOS APS-C DSLRs. The resolution is impressively high throughout the zoom range (albeit a short one) and across the image field”.

Compared with the Canon EF-S 17-55mm — Blake Cook wrote a comment in this forum post that the Tokina 11-16mm beats his EF-S 17-55 IS in terms of sharpness at f/2.8 (that’s the lenses at wide-open aperture), color and contrast.

Sample Photos

“msp-photo” shot some lovely landscape and abandoned warehouse photos with the Tokina 11-16mm mounted on a Nikon D7000. Read how the images were post-processed.

DanielKHC’s HDR Set on Flickr — Most of Daniel’s photos in this set were shot with the Tokina 11-16 mounted on a Nikon D300.

The D300’s ability to shoot bracketed exposures at up to 9 bracketed shots at 8 fps in 1/3, 2/3 or 1 EV increments helps increase the success rate of the HDR sequence.

From the photo notes, Daniel uses Photomatix and Adobe Photoshop for producing the final HDR image.

Some of my favorites from the set are JBR: Jumeirah Beach Residence Gold, Afternoon Break, Cutting Edge Architecture, Made in Finland and Touareg.

Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 on Flickr.

Initial samples with a Nikon D300 and D80
Initial Tokina 11-16mm samples shot with Nikon D300 and Nikon D80

Look out for some sample photos posted in this Flickr discussion thread.

I count 11 images, there might be more by the time you read the thread.

I like the closeup perspective shot at f/2.8 for this photo.

Browse DigitalBear’s collection of full-sized Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX test photo samples.
DigitalBear's Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX test photo samples

Two outstanding landscape images of shelf and mammatus clouds by Allan Jeffers, who mounted the Tokina 11-16 on a Canon 30D to shoot these photos.

Night landscapes — You’d have to first create a free login account, but I think it’s worth the effort as this forum post has five, fine night scenery photos shot with the Tokina 11-16mm and a Canon XT / 350D.
Night Landscape with Tokina 11-16mm and Canon XT / 350D


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