Tokina 16-28mm F/2.8 ATX Pro FX Zoom Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras


About Tokina 16-28mm

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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, Low light, Night photography, Weddings and more.The Tokina 16-28mm is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast, Pro photographer, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Tokina 16-28mm is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Tokina 16-28mm: Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Rugged and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Strong construction (17),Consistent output (15),Fast / accurate auto-focus (15),Durable (14),Rugged (13),Easily interchangeable (8),Nice bokeh (3)
Heavy (14)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (18),Low light (14),Night photography (11),Weddings (9),Video (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (10),Pro photographer (8),Semi-pro photographer (7)

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 (easily switch from auto to manual focus)
Zoom Mode
Rottary Zoom
Aperture Blades
Filter Size
Dimensions Diameter x Length
3.54" / 90mm x 5.25" / 133.3mm
33.51 oz. (950g)
Mfr #

Tokina 16-28mm Reviews

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(based on 27 reviews)


of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review


Tokina 16-28 f/2.8

This was my third lens. I had to adjust to -16 but at least it was consistent on the wide and telephoto end with this adjustment. The resulting pictures are sharp and I couldn't be happier especially for the price. I only wish the QC was a little better so I wouldn't have the hassle of exchanging it.


Most Liked Negative Review


Sharper than 16-35; Won't honor warranty

I loved this lens and used it lightly for two months; I bought it new from Adorama with warranty. I kept it in a dedicated sleeve in my backpack, only taking it out when shooting. I shot with it on five occasions. The AF mechanism quit working in the middle of a shoot after 2 months of ownership. I mailed the lens into Tokina with receipt. When I followed up a week later, the gentleman in repairs quoted me a $203 Out-of-Warranty repair due to internal sand damage. The lens hasn't been dropped...

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I loved this lens and used it lightly for two months; I bought it new from Adorama with warranty. I kept it in a dedicated sleeve in my backpack, only taking it out when shooting. I shot with it on five occasions. The AF mechanism quit working in the middle of a shoot after 2 months of ownership. I mailed the lens into Tokina with receipt. When I followed up a week later, the gentleman in repairs quoted me a $203 Out-of-Warranty repair due to internal sand damage. The lens hasn't been dropped in sand, taken into antelope canyon, shot with in sand dunes- nothing. While I fully admit that a couple of grains of sand may have gotten into the lens over the brief time I owned it, this should not cause the AF mechanism to cease working entirely and to me it seemed like a cop-out for voiding warranty repairs; especially for a well-known issue with this lens. I have put my Canon 17-40 through everything I could think of over the last four years without so much as an operational hiccup- and I bought it USED from an avid wedding shooter. I'll be returning to Canon's 16-35Lii shortly as I have many friends who abuse that lens to no end without any issues. The sharpness of this lens is outstanding- Independently verified than better than a friend's copy of the canon's 16-35L ii. This lens seemed like a good value, and I have always recommended Tokina's 16-28 to my workshop participants in the past, but I'm afraid I can no longer do so due to it's apparent frailty and lack of customer support on Tokina's end.

Reviewed by 27 customers


Everything I hoped it would be


from The Rhode Island Beach  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I shoot a lot of real estate interiors/exteriors for other agents. I had been using a 28mm lens but it just wasn't wide enough to suit me. The Nikon 14-24 wasn't within my reach right now so, after doing a lot of homework, I settled on the Tokina and I couldn't be happier. Very sharp end to end and easy to handle. Yes, it's heavy, but so is my Nikon so they balance well. You won't be disappointed.


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.


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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
ROGELIO F  It's affordable wide angle camera and shoots as great as expensive camera with high speed openings.
gary k  will this be good on the new Nikon 810..i wish for the Nikon 14-24 but the $$$..what is your expert opinion...put the 600$ towards a Nikon or the Tokina . I do a lot of night shooting { Aurora's }?
VERN L  I use this lens on a D800 and have been happy with the results. I use it for most of my night photography and have found it to be sharp and versatile in setting up the composition. I would definitely recommend this lens, especially for this price! I can also say that my experience with my D800 would also indicate that your new camera will bring out the best this lens has to offer. Enjoy!
Frank B  Will this work on a D600 in AF mode?
SHENG-RU T  As far as I know, this lense should work with D600 in AF mode. I have a D700 which was in the market since 2008 and D600 is a much newer model replacing D700. I purchased my Tokina 16-28mm ATX Pro FX lense a few months ago and it worked perfectly in AF mode for my D700. So without a doubt, it should do the same thing for D600.
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