Tokina 12-28mm f/4.0 AT-X Pro DX Lens for Nikon, 0.2x Magnification, 9.84" (25 cm) Min Focus Distance


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About Tokina 12-28mm

The Tokina 12-28mm f/4.0 AT-X Pro DX Lens for Nikon is a wide-angle to standard length zoom lens with a maximum aperture of f/4.0. It is compatible with Nikon DX cameras and provides a 35mm focal length equivalency of 18-42mm. This compact lens features a one-touch AF/MF clutch operation to switch back and forth between auto and manual focus, for manual focus slide the focus ring back and for autofocus allow to the ring to rest in the forward position. A newly designed GMR (magnetic precision) AF sensor is mounted close to the AF motor and provides fast, accurate AF. The lens' SD-M (Silent Drive-Module) means that autofocus responds smoothly and silently, which is ideal when shooting HD video.

The use of SD glass (ultra-low dispersion glass), which emulate fluorite glass in performance, aims to eliminate chromatic aberration and aspherical lens elements in both the front and rear lens groups correct distortion and also helps to minimize aberrations for sharp imaging throughout the zoom range.

The Tokina 12-28mm is commonly used for Landscape/scenery and more.The Tokina 12-28mm is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast among others.The Tokina 12-28mm is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Tokina 12-28mm: Consistent output, Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Rugged and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (7),Rugged (6),Strong construction (6),Consistent output (6),Durable (5),Easily interchangeable (3)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (10)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (5)

Tokina 12-28mm Features

  • Wide-angle to standard length zoom provides 35mm focal range equivalency of 18-42mm
  • An AF/MF clutch mechanism provides one-touch control when switching between auto and manual focus
  • A GMR (magnetic precision) sensor offers fast, accurate autofocus and the SD-M (Silent Drive-Module) means that the AF motor is virtually silent, which is important when shooting HD video
  • Ultra-low dispersion glass and aspherical lens elements minimize distortion and aberrations for sharply rendered images throughout the zoom range

Tokina 12-28mm Specifications

Focal Length
12 - 28 mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 18 - 42 mm
Maximum: f/4
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type
Nikon F
Format Compatibility
Nikon DX
Angle of View
99deg. 37' - 54deg. 73'
Minimum Focus Distance
9.84" (25 cm)
Maximum Reproduction Ratio
Diaphragm Blades
Filter Thread
Front: 77 mm
Dimensions (DxL)
3.31x3.55" / 8.40x9.01cm (Approx.)
1.17lbs / 0.53kg

Tokina 12-28mm Reviews

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(based on 10 reviews)


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Most Liked Positive Review


Tokina 12-28 I like it!!!

Sharpness is very good. !2mm wide is very good with minimum distortion. There really aren't too many good reviews. I might add sharpness is very good being hand held. Probably much sharper on a tripod. I do landscapes.

Reviewed by 10 customers


Wide Range for a Wide Angle.


from Nevada  -  Photo Enthusiast

This is a excellent lens for Nikon DSLRs with 24mp sensors. I use this for mostly landscape, night, video, and 4K time-lapse photography in the best natural lighting conditions possible with a tripod. I shoot it with JPEG and RAW for optimal processing. The image quality is excellent, much better than I expected for a low cost lens. And it's best at f/8 to f/11. F/4 aperture is ideal for wide angle video use, and the lens performs well in low light for long exposures. The build quality is tops. Even has a rear rubber gasket to keep dust out. Also, the Nikon D3300 has distortion correction that works with this lens. Makes processing even easier. Cons: at f/4 the chromatic aberration is like a cheap 35 or 50mm prime lenses. Some may complain about the push pull focus switch, noisy focus, and no f/2.8 aperture. For me, the AF is dead on accurate, and fast and quiet enough for wide angle photography. And I like the pull ring focus switch. At f/2.8 the chromatic aberration of any Tokina wide angle will show fringing in daylight or long exposure. Not an issue for me, as I shoot mostly for depth of field f/8 or smaller aperture. Plus, Lightroom does a great job managing the CA. And, I use the 28mm zoom end way more than I do the largest aperture f/4.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Great Wide-Angle Lens for APS-C Cameras


from Upstate NY  -  Photo Enthusiast

I have only had the lens for two weeks but I bought it last minute before a trip to Disney because my normal lens was damaged. It is a great lens for lanscape images or creative up close shots to include everything. I have used this lens mostly stopped down to f/8 or greater and it is very sharp, and quick to focus. I would recommend this lens to other photographers.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)




from League City, Texas  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I use thus lens for Environmental portraits and landscapes. It is built like a tank and the range is perfect for walking around. It has a little color fringing wide open in really contrasty light. This goes away when stopped down.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Outstanding value


from Surc City North Carolina  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Excellent sharpness. I have used this lens for several landscape projects and have not been disappointed with the results. Well built, and quick auto focus. Well worth what I paid at Adorama.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Would buy again.


from Cicero, In.  -  Casual Photographer

This lens is always parked on my D7100 for car shows and similar events. Love it.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Fine outdoor walk around lens


from Lander, Wyoming  -  Photo Enthusiast

Sharpness is great and agree with Ken Rockwell review. F4 is a little slow for me as an indoor available light lens, but just use flash (must remove hood to avoid shadow) or put on my 35 mm f 1.8 on my d7100. Going to manual focus requires a stiff pull on anterior focus ring, harder than I had expected, miss nikon AFS here. Really nice zoom range and plenty wide at 12mm on d7100 to place a foreground object in a broad context (what I like a wide angle for )


Test it out first if you can!


from Orlando, Florida  -  Pro Photographer

I bought this lens to fill in for a Tokina 12-24 I've had for about 5 years. My 12-24 has been a real workhorse (shooting architectural jobs)and it needed to be sent in to repair a focusing problem that has suddenly popped up. The 12-28 is actually an upgrade for my old model and I was looking for at least as good an item as my old one. Well, that was not to be! This new lens has a severe softening of the image on the lower right side of anything shot wide open. I've used many Tokina lenses over a 15 year period and am very disappointed with this purchase (along with a $50 drop in price within two weeks of my buying it). It looks like I've got two lenses to send in for repair.


Nice Focal Length


from Los Angeles, CA  -  Pro Photographer

I use this on a C100 which is a similar sized sensor to an APSC camera. I shoot a lot of run-and-gun corporate work and don't have time for prime lenses. I was looking at Tokina because they make high quality wide angle zooms and I didn't like Canon's offerings in both their ef-s and L series lineup in this category. I was contemplating the Tokina 11-16 which people rave about but didn't like the limited focal range and due to the c100s sensitive sensor, don't particularly need a 2.8...though I did want a constant aperture throughout. I was about to pull the trigger on the Tokina 12-24 when I read Ken Rockwell's glowing review of this lens. Though I'm not taking stills with this lens, it does the trick and works flawlessly with the C100.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


This is a very good lens.


from Henderson, NV  -  Photo Enthusiast

This is a great lens for landscape photography. The lens focuses quickly and is sharp at both 12MM & 28MM. It also does well in fairly low light conditions.

(8 of 13 customers found this review helpful)


Tokina 12-28 I like it!!!


from St. Paul Minnesota  -  Photo Enthusiast

Sharpness is very good. !2mm wide is very good with minimum distortion. There really aren't too many good reviews. I might add sharpness is very good being hand held. Probably much sharper on a tripod. I do landscapes.


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Mark G  I have a Nikon D700 with an 18-300 Nikkor lens and an 85 mm Nikkor macro. I'm considering the Tokina 12-28 or the 11-16 for more wide angle capability. Any advice/recommendations?
Jim P  I owned the Tokina 11-16mm lens, and traded it on the Tokina 12-28 lens for more versatility. I haven't been sorry I did so. Both get very good reviews, and I have been pleased with my use of both. I use a Nikon D7100. On the wide end, you won't notice any difference between 11mm and 12mm, however, there is a great difference between 16mm and 28mm on the other end. IQ on the 12-28 at 28 is similar to my 35mm 1.8 Nikon - very good. I also have the Tokina 100mm Macro lens and recommend it highly for its purpose.
Oletater S  Does this lens except Pentax K mount ?
Jim P  I have then Nikon mount version of this lens. I know the lens comes in Nikon, Canon and (I believe) Sony versions. To the best of my knowledge, it does not come with a Pentax mount version. Visit the Tokina website for the best answer to your question. BTW, I have been well pleased with this (and other) Tokina lenses that I own - extremely well built and very good image quality.
Shopper  Will this lens accept standard glass filters?
EDWIN M  Yes it will. 77mm round and I use the Cokin P-series square ND's
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