Reviews and Problems with Tokina AT-X 116 Pro DX AF 11-16mm f/2.8
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Softer than expected
Rbringh, B&H Photo
4 weeks ago
Excerpt: I will first state I am totally amateur so issues may be operator. The lens does not seem sharp. I comapared it with my 18-105 kit lens (18mm vs 16mm)and the kit lens is much sharper. I made a few fine focus adjustments in my Nikon D-7000, will see if that improves anything.
Excerpt: Look elsewhere. My copy was soft all over with major distortion at the 11mm setting.The distortion improved at the 16mm setting. It also had problems trying to find correct focus-very inconsistant. I used this lens on a nikon d7000. Sent it back for a refund as i do not want to spend anymore time trying to find a better copy (if one is available). If you must have this lens get it used.
Excerpt: I spent HOURS trying to decide between this and the Canon 10-22. I wanted the sharpest lens in this price bracket. I first got the Canon and got sharpness similar to my normal zoom lens (18-200mm). I was hoping for better so I ordered the Tokina 11-16 and did a side by side comparison at 11mm and 16mm at 3.5 and 4.5 respectivly. The center sharpness was about the same, but the edges on the Tokina shot were ridiculously soft. No comparison.
Summary: Note: What I posted in DPReview Like many of you I had researched for months on which UWA lens I wanted. It was a tossup between the Nikon 10-24 and the Tokina 11-16. I think I read every single forum and review site since both lens came out. From my readings I determined that it came down to lens QC, camera, user and needs. This didn't make it easy since many sites go back and forth on the same subject.
Excerpt: Not sure if I just received a bad lens, but it didn't wow me like I thought it would so I returned it to B&H. Not as sharp as I expected it to be. Indoor shots look amazing in terms of being able to show what the room is like, but not too impressed otherwise.
Pros: Strong Construction
Cons: Blurry Focus, Heavy, Slow Focus, Tough To Attach
Excerpt: I bought this because it was supposed to be sharp, very sharp. Instead, it's no sharper than my Canon 18-55mm kits lens (and softer in some shots). Maybe I just got a bad copy, but this lens is a huge, expensive disappointment.
Excerpt: After reading many glowing reviews, I bought this (from B&H) for a Canon T2i camera body. Perhaps what I read was hype, or perhaps I got a bad copy, but this Tokina lens is no sharper than the kit lens that came with the T2i - an expensive disappointment. I don't know if I'll [...] send it to Tokina for adjustment. I don't know what Tokina's reputation is[...
Summary: The copy of the lens I received is defective, and in a weird way. The problem is that it can't properly focus to infinity, and the focus distance decreases rapidly with falling temperature. At room temperature, "infinity" focus is about 20 feet, which is basically not a problem due to the large depth of field of this wide angle lens. But outdoors at a moderate 45 degrees the "infinity" focus drops to about 4 feet.
Excerpt: Got mine in Dec 08. I shot about 10 pictures; none of the pix are coming out sharp, so I took some comparison shots against my 18-200. The Tokina focus was soft at all settings - I return for it for a refund. It might be just a bad copy since Tokina is trying to crank out as many of this lens to fill their orders. I'll try it again once the demand/production is stablized. I can't recommend it until I try another copy.
Excerpt: I jumped at the chance to get the 11-16 based on the reviews I'd read, but my copy is abysmal. It is very soft wide open at 11mm, even at center frame—a big disappointment. I won't be trying another as I don't have time to keep looking for a good copy. Looks like I'll be buying the Nikon 12-24 after all. Again, the copy I have *must* be defective so I've given the benefit of the doubt and assigned it a 2 star rating instead of 1.