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.
The lens is designed for Digital cameras with APS-C sized CMOS and CCD sensors, not designed for cameras with Full Frame sensors.
The Tokina 11-16mm is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Tokina 11-16mm: Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus and Strong construction
Most Liked Positive Review
It's a phenomenal lens!
This is one of the best lenses currently being manufactured for digital APS size sensors. It is sharp, sharp, sharp! Tokina has also managed good color fidelity, excellent contrast. Tests on this lens (and my own photos) show much less rectilinear distortion than is typical for ultrawide zoom designs. The manual focus is not by any means an afterthought--long, smooth focusing helix with good tactile feedback. The lens is built like a tank! Metal barrel--solid and very rugged. Need I say ...View full Review
This is one of the best lenses currently being manufactured for digital APS size sensors. It is sharp, sharp, sharp! Tokina has also managed good color fidelity, excellent contrast. Tests on this lens (and my own photos) show much less rectilinear distortion than is typical for ultrawide zoom designs. The manual focus is not by any means an afterthought--long, smooth focusing helix with good tactile feedback. The lens is built like a tank! Metal barrel--solid and very rugged. Need I say more? Oh yes! It's also the fastest zoom available in this range, and quite sharp at f/2.8 in the center of the image. At f/4, the edges catch-up, but this is not a problem because my subject is seldom at the edges. For years I procrastinated about buying a lens strictly for a digital APS C rig---in the ultrawide range. But I can't complain about this lens--it's every bit as good as lenses that sell for twice the price, and the construction--in my opinion--is better than native optics for my Canon. Do not be swayed by buyers with bad karma!
Most Liked Negative Review
Great lens! Only problem is that mine, and many others, have serious AF problems out of the box. These lenses are often defective. Make sure you test it thoruoghly during the return period. Once mine was fixed by [...] it was fantastic; originally it was all but useless.
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I bought this lens originally so I could take photos of Real Estate that we own but found lots of other fun things to do with it. I can take photos that include a building and its setting that give a unique view. I love the ability to walk right up to something huge and take a photo of the whole thing! The lens is great in low light situations and if I add a twinkle filter, I can make the whole photo light up! The lens itself is solid with a metal mount. I use it on my Nikon D7100. All of the parts fit together solidly and the zoom is smooth as silk. Nice craftsmanship for the price. So far, it has been money well spent!
i think the lens autofocus is has some problem. especially in low light. it seems picture always come out soft like it is not in perfect focus. i read a lot possitive review but was dissapointed. but on videos the auto focus seems to able to get sharp image. which is very odd to me.
I purchased this lens for landscape and night photography. I really don't know what i did without it previously! Its smooth, seamless, and spot on in clarity! The ONLY issue i had with it (since I only have Canon lenses) is switching from AF to MF. Its actually easier then the Canon lenses! I know not every lens is perfect, but this one is as close as they get! Excellent performer!
This lens is used on my Nikon D7000. I have read other reviews where the purchaser has indicated that the lens is not functional. To the contrary, the lens works perfectly with super fast focusing and is a definite plus to my collection of other lens. There are no drawbacks to the use and functional ability when used with my D7000. If the lens does not work with your D7000 obviously you have a defective Tokina lens. The lens seems very well built and does not give you that "plastic-feel" as other brands do. This lens is a real winner and you will enjoy every shot taken with it. Enjoy your new toy.
I just received this lens and have been using it. I am about to take it on a beach vacation and get some great landscape pictures. It is well made and sturdy. I am just learning how to use this wide angle lens, but so far I have been having a lot of fun practicing taking photos.
Used mainly for landscape this lens does as expected. Held properly very little distortion even at 11mm. Contrast and colors are great. Small amount of vignetting when using polarizer but that is to be expected. Motor a little noisy but not a major issue. Give 4.5 stars to this lens.
I think I am going to love this lens. It fits my Nikon D5100 and although I will have to learn to use it, the pictures I have taken so far show me that it was exactly what I was looking for
Amazingly clear and great in low light...from sweeping landscapes to tight architecture shots this is a wonderful lens. This is the lens I enjoy using the most.
This is extremely well made and a bit heavy. But the quality of the pictures is extreme on my 5100. Owned a sigma 10-20 and this is better in my opinion. The 77mm filter tells you a lot. And the price for this glass is a true bargain for this kind of quality.
Coming from film I found the down side of DX to be wide angle. after reading reviews and looking at images I decided I wanted a constant 2.8 aperture and sharp images. the Tokina delivers that. A very sharp lens with minimal distortion. the zoom adds to the versatility. well built, it's big, won't fit in your pocket, but it balances nicely on my D2x. the fact that it takes 77mm filters makes it more useful than most of the others in this range. the hood locks in place, so no moving out of place or falling off if bumped like some. the lens cap fits securely and is easy to remove and place back on. another common failure with some brands. little things but makes using the lens more enjoyable. from just a hair under 14mm to 16mm it delivers great results on a FX D700 as well. That little added versatility makes a world of difference to me. I do like the shift from AF to MF using the focus ring, easier to do than trying to find the switch, button on other lenses.