Summary: I am a very happy owner of this lens mounted on a d5100 camera body. First off from 11mm - 12mm there is a difference.... But one that you will very rarely ever need, and in the event you do.. take a couple steps back. F4 vs F 2.8 is one step.... One step isn't a killer in the world of digital. The noise created from one step can be fixed in 2 seconds in light room.... Shoot RAW.
Excerpt: I wanted to go W I D E R. B&H used department bought the Tokina 16-50 f2.8 lens I purchased from them in 2007. I was prepared to purchase a Nikon 12-24 f3.5/4.5. I always like to speak with a sales person when placing an order because their input is usually of value, as it was this time. I ended up buying another Tokina, the 12-28 f/4. I did like the 16-50 very much but the zoom locked up a year ago and I had to have it repaired.
Pros: Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Strong Construction
Summary: This lens is clearly THE alternative to Nikons own 10/12-24mm lenses - and way less expensive. Moreover, it has way less distortion than any of the two Nikon lenses. It fills the wide-angle gap for cameras with a DX sensor. 12-28mm means, it has an angle of view equivalent of 18-42mm on FX/film SLRs. The small gap left between 28mm and a 35mm lens isn't worth bothering. Auto focus works fast and almost silent. The build is rock-solid, the bayonet mount is tight.
Excerpt: I was going on a trip to moab and wanted to try my hand at some light painting and night photography. After reading several reviews and watching more reviews on You Tube, I concluded this gave me the most bang for the buck. Attached images.
Pros: Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I purchased the lens for an upcoming trip to Moab. However, I used it this weekend to shot photos for a mountain trail running race. I did not justwant to show the runners but also show where they were.At least to a fairly new photographer the images were sharp. For the money I am very pleased with the purchase.
Excerpt: The lens appears as a good built quality, good feeling on rings rotation, it is quite lightweight and the autofocus is fast, silent and accurate.In my opinion this can be a very good alternative to more expensive Nikkor 12-24 and 10-24 DX lenses.
Pros: Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Strong Construction