Tokina 16-28mm F/2.8 ATX Pro FX Zoom Lens For Canon EOS Digital SLR Cameras


About Tokina 16-28mm

This new Tokina lens is the first in a new generation of full frame (FX) lenses designed for professional digital SLR cameras like the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and the Nikon D700 and D3x. The 16-28 zoom range gives the professional photographera super-wide angle of view to get close to subject for dramatic effect or to take in entire scenes.

NEW Silent DC Motor with GMR senor
The 16-28 f/2.8 uses a newly developed silent DC motor that allows the lens to focus faster and more quietly then previous generations. The DC motor coupled with a new GMR magnetic AF sensor work together to increase AF Speed.

Ashperical and Super-low Dispersion glass elements
A new, 56mm in diameter, large sizes aspherical glass element is incorporated into the front lens group, while there are 2 more aspherical elements in the rear group. 3 SD super-low dispersion glass elements are also incorporated through-out the optical design to reduce chromatic aberration, give maximum resolution, more even brightness and distortion correction.

One-Touch Focus Clutch
Tokina's exclusive One-touch Focus Clutch Mechanism allows the photographer to switch between AF and MF simply by snapping the focusring forward for AF and back toward the camera to focus manually. There is no need to change the AF/MF switch on Nikon camera bodies* 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 full frame (FX= 24mmX36mm) sized CMOS and CCD sensors. It can be used on digital cameras with APS-C (DX) sizes sensors as well.

The Tokina 16-28mm is commonly used for Landscape/scenery and more.The Tokina 16-28mm is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast among others.The Tokina 16-28mm is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Tokina 16-28mm: Consistent output, Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Strong construction (16),Consistent output (14),Fast / accurate auto-focus (14),Durable (13),Rugged (12),Easily interchangeable (7),Nice bokeh (3)
Heavy (13)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (17),Low light (13),Night photography (10),Weddings (8),Video (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (10),Pro photographer (8),Semi-pro photographer (6)

Tokina 16-28mm Specifications

Maximum Aperture
13 Groups / 15 Elements
Angle of View
107.11" - 76.87°
Closest Focusing Distance
11" / 0.28 m
Reproduction Ratio
Focusing Mode
Internal Focusing
Zoom Mode
Rottary Zoom
Aperture Blades
Filter Size
Dimensions Diameter x Length
3.54" / 90mm x 5.25" / 133.3mm
33.51 oz. (950g)

Tokina 16-28mm Reviews

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(based on 26 reviews)


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Most Liked Positive Review


Surprised by this lens...

This my first off brand lens I've purchased. After reading a lot of reviews I rented it. Within the first day I knew I would buy it! I could not believe how sharp & detailed this lens was. Then the colors were very surprising as well. I've shot L glass & non L glass and wasn't expecting an off brand lens to produce L glass colors! AF is fast & accurate and I am overall, so impressed with this lens. I don't use filters so that isn't an issue for my casual use with this lens. It's my only off b...

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This my first off brand lens I've purchased. After reading a lot of reviews I rented it. Within the first day I knew I would buy it! I could not believe how sharp & detailed this lens was. Then the colors were very surprising as well. I've shot L glass & non L glass and wasn't expecting an off brand lens to produce L glass colors! AF is fast & accurate and I am overall, so impressed with this lens. I don't use filters so that isn't an issue for my casual use with this lens. It's my only off brand and only zoom lens and it's staying in my bag!

Reviewed by 26 customers


Affordable alternative to Nikon's 14-24m


from Pittsburgh, PA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I've always wanted Nikon's 14-24mm wide-angle lens, but with such a hefty price tag of $2,000 it was only something I could wish for but not own. For some reason I never considered an alternative brand lens, but I did my research and decided to try Tokina's 16-28mm lens, and I couldn't be happier. It's opened up my world to wide-angle photography and it didn't break my bank. I'm very happy with my purchase. Also -- there is a setting in Adobe Lightroom for a lens correction, where you can adjust to what the Nikon 14-24mm would output, and it makes an amazing difference. I suggest you try it when editing pics taken with the Tokina lens. It just kind of cleans up the curves in the edges. I'm not saying the Tokina lens makes any mistakes, I just enjoy that Lightroom adjustment.


Good but not as good as the Nikon 14-24


from Blaine, WA  -  Pro Photographer

Used for interior architecture - not as sharp as the Nikon 14-24. When potlights/track lighting in the space, produces refracted prism color around light source. Will go back to the 14-24.


Becoming Less a Fan of Third Party Gear


from Pittsburgh, PA  -  Pro Photographer

Being an event and concert photographer, I was looking for a fast ultra wide zoom to add to my bag. The build quality and finish of this lens are what gave it the two stars. As for performance, this lenses was horrible at any aperture larger than f/5.6. I shot it on three different bodies (D700, D4 and D300s) and got the same fuzzy results on all three. Focus fine tuning wasn't necessary because it was decent at 5.6 and really sharp at f/11. But who shoots weddings and concerts at f/11 ? After all of my testing and failure to acquire a sharp image, I returned the lens to Adorama in what was a painless and quick process. I'm now saving up for the Nikon 14-24


Great lens


from Harrisburg, PA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Very sharp lens at both ends of the zoom.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Fantastic Sharp Lens


from Logan, UT  -  Photo Enthusiast

This lens is very sharp. I shoot a Nikon D7000 and this lens preforms fantastic on a DX body. Don't get me wrong but this lens is heavy, but worth the weight due to how sharp it is.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great little addition.


from Arizona  -  Pro Photographer

This is a great little addition to anyone's kit. I have to going between the Nikons 14-24 and this 16-28 for quite some time now and the number one reason I opted the Tokina was the value. Depending on your style of shooting and what you photograph depends on your lens selection. I don't shoot wide very often but do on occasion, so this was a better value for me. Yes, having maker pro lenses is a status booster but why not go for the better value. If you have the money and will use it frequently go for the Nikon.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


excelant lens


from cape may n.j.  -  Pro Photographer

very good value, i have used the nikon 14-24mm and don't see paying 3x more for it.i have used the tokina quit a bit since i've gotten it.i used it on a nikon 600 and the handles landscapes,large & small room interiors and portraits, great for phtographing the victorian houses in the area and dose quit the nikon 14-24 and other hi end wide tele. zooms it does not except any filters.i recomend getting a good lens case,the tamrac fits it perfectly and the nikon 70-300 vr.also. most lens cases they make now arn't much better than an old sweatsock.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Superb build quality and low distortion


from Los Alamos, NM  -  Photo Enthusiast

I recently bought this lens from Adorama. Here are my impressions about tmotivatehe lens in the order I observed them. 1. The built is Superb! I previously had a DX version of Tokina ultra-wide, 12-24. And although I was satisfied with it, it felt a bit cheap because of the plastic body. This lens has a solid built: metal casing, no rattling (feels as one piece), zoom and focus ring are built of high quality rubber and have no slack. Overall the lens feels very-very well. 2. There is no noticeable distortion from 18 to 28mm. The distortion is only noticeable in the short range 16-18 where it is very tolerable for UW. 3. The bulbous front element is unprotected by a filter, so care should be given to accidentally not to hit anything. The built-in hood helps a great deal with this. But one should still be careful. 4. The images are crisp and sharp.

(0 of 14 customers found this review helpful)


You can order it, but you won't get it


from Seattle  -  Pro Photographer

Adorama has been extremely unhelpful. Backordered months ago. No response.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Little bit more than I expected


from Boston, MA  -  Photo Enthusiast

The quality of built and quality of the picture is great, but the lens is very heavy, also 2LBs, and attached to my Mark III, which makes a canon to a cannon! Also, the ultra wide zoom lens is mainly use for landscape, which I assume in most sunny days, but this lens is hard to find CPL or even UV filter. Fotodiox makes the wonderpanan adaptor for this lens, but cost $269. Not even mention the size of the 145mm filter, makes the camera looks funny.


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Shopper  How long it will take to refill?
TODD A  Depends on how many optics you take out and what your pouring in. If you drink lots you will have to refill it often but you will ruin the lens.
Willie C  Will this lenses work with my Canon T31?
Robert P  Yes, this Tokina "FX" lens will work on all Canon cameras except the mirrorless models. The Tokina 16-28 mm lens is designed for optimal use on a full-frame (FX) sensor camera, but will work on the Rebel series cameras that have an aps-c sensor. The net result is that the 16mm wide angle end of the zoom range becomes about 25mm (not a real wide angle compared to 16mm) and about 45mm at the 28mm setting. You could alternatively look at the Tokina "DX" series lenses, which are designed for the aps-c sensor cameras, such as your T31.
Jerry W  Will this lens work on my Canon 1DX?
ROBERT W D  Yes, it will work fine on it. I use it on my full-frame Canon 5D and it gets great pictures
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