Tokina 16.5-135mm f/3.5-5.6 DX Zoom Lens Kit, for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras, with Tiffen 77mm UV Wide Angle Filter, Professional Lens Cleaning Kit

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About Tokina 6.5-135mm

Tokina AT-X 16.5-135 DX, is a lens designed exclusively for digital SLR cameras with APS-C sensors.* This lens gives the digital photographer an ultra wide-range zoom lens that has the equivalent angle of view to a 25-200mm.

* The lens is designed for digital cameras with APS-C sized CMOS and CCD sensors (DX) , not designed for cameras with full frame sensors (FX).

This Tokina compact super wide zoom range begins at 16.5mm and offers the photographer a wider angle of view than most lenses in its class that start at 18mm. This makes the lens better suited for scenic and travel photography in addition to being a great standard lens for most general photography situations.

The AT-X 16.5-135 DX's optical design benefits from the latest advances in the industry. Three aspherical elements, one all glass precision-molded element and 2 compound elements yield high contrast. Additionally two Super-low Dispersion (SD) glass elements correct chromatic aberration.

The AT-X 16.5-135 DX has a newly designed high-precision mechanical zoom cam system minimizes play and eliminates zoom creep

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Durable (4),Easily interchangeable (3),Strong construction (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Semi-pro photographer (3)

Tokina 6.5-135mm Specifications

Recommended Sensor size
APS-C Sized (23.7 X15.6mm) CCD or CMOS sensor (with 1.5-1.6x magnification factor)
Not designed for cameras with Full Frame sensors.
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Optical Construction
15 Elements / 9 Groups
Multi Layer
Zooming System
Internal focusing
Minimum Focus Distance
19.7 in. (0.5m)
Macro Ratio
Number of Diaphragm Blades
Filter Size
3.1 in. (78mm) X L 3.46 in. (84mm)
21.5 oz. (610g)
Mfr #

Tokina 6.5-135mm Reviews

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(based on 5 reviews)


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Reviewed by 5 customers


Great lense


from Jacksonville, FL  -  Photo Enthusiast

Was sick of changing out my lenses so got this and love it! Pics are very clear and vibrant!

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


no thanks


from Atlanta, Ga.  -  Photo Enthusiast

my tamron 18-270 aspherical macro, has horrible creep (which is the ONE advantage to this won't creep) and I *thought* the focus was slow until I got this lens. O M G. it's literally impossible to use when I want to photograph anything other than outdoor stills. inside without flash, it's worthless, no matter your settings. I shoot in manual mode on my d80 exclusively so I cannot speak to auto mode. outdoors in less than bright sunlight, I could not get a suitable contrast and I dedicated an entire weekend to learning its quirks. I refuse to be constrained to 3.5/5.6 for every shot that I do not want to use a flash ( which is every shot for me). the focus is only sharp if you are rock steady, regardless of the vibration control mechanism. even then, it is woefully soft. I don't like razor sharpness...but this focus is not acceptable to me. focus time......ARGHHHHHHHH!!! I have NEVER used a lens with such a frustrating auto-focus. sometimes, it has taken more than 3 seconds after lock-on to even move! then comes the never-ending wah-wah-wah while it tries to find a focus point. this is the prime reason I'm selling this lens 3 weeks after receiving it brand new from adorama. photo quality....unacceptable,, in my opinion. blacks/grays are so dark in less than full sun that details are lost and unrecoverable via software w/o serious noise. construction. the only reasoning I can see behind the tank-like construction of this lens is that Tokina realized it would, undoubtedly, be slamming up against a wall or flying out a window at some point in its future when its owner realized its inherent flaws. price... I knew at this price point I would be taking a chance but I don't even feel like its worth the relatively small price they ask for it. bottom line...I am so disillusioned, I may never but another Tokina lens based on this purchase. ten full digits down.

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


More then Expected


from Canada, Vancouver  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I was looking a day to day lens, this one was on sale. I gave it a try and it worked perfectly for me. Use it for 90% of my shooting, beside that I have 400mm and 11-16 mm as well.

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


It is real workhorse


from Vancouver, Canada  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This lens was on sale for [$] at the time I upgrade my D90 to Nikon D7000. I gave it to try. Really happy with this lens. Beside that I have 11-16 and 80-400 this is the mostly used lens for almost all occasions. Some pictures made with this lens can be seen on

(5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


I like it


from Orlando  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This lens was purchased for a carry around lens. I wanted a 24-70 2.8 and the price was way to much for a semi pro photographer. Friend lent me his tokina and I was impressed. The quality for the photos are much better than I expected. I am buying the 11-16 now however will stay away from the 16-50. the quality is not as good as the other 2 lenses. Once thequality is better I will own all 3


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Shopper  so this has no automatic focus?
Andrew R  I'm afraid I don't understand your question. This lens will autofocus of bodies that have the focus motor in the camera body itself. For all other Nikon bodies (those that require AF-S) this lens will only operate in the manual focus mode.
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