Reviews and Problems with Tokina AT-X 16-28mm F2.8 PRO FX
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Becoming Less a Fan of Third Party Gear
2 weeks ago
Excerpt: 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.<br />As for performance, this lenses was horrible at any aperture larger than f/5.6.<br />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.
Summary: As a former APS-C shooter, I loved my Tokina 11-16 2.8. I needed to replace it when I invested in full-frame. The Tokina 16-28 2.8 is every bit the 11-16 was. Although quite a bit heavier, the build quality matches Tokina's reputation for putting out stout lenses. Lack of filters is inconvenient, minor flaring and CA are present and minor distortion is evident at 16mm, but this is to be expected in this type of lens.
Summary: I had every intention of purchasing the Canon 16-35 2.8, but after studying the reviews on various websites, I just can't understand spending nearly 3x more for the Canon, when many reviews are saying this lens is BETTER. That is coming from an event and portrait photographer who doesn't need weather proofing or filters on a wide lens.
Summary: This is a perfectly nice lens, just don't order it here. The tracking # said it had been signed for, but I never signed for it. Instead, it was dumped on my neighbor's porch. I live in an urban area, and this is a $700 item. The package was poorly packed, with the lens rattling around in its box inside a too-large box. I returned it to Amazon, then re-ordered it from B&H. Don't go to strangers.
Summary: I purchased this as a more affordable alternative to Canon's 16-35L, which I rent often. After using it for a week, I decided to return it. I really wanted to love this lens, but it's just not anywhere close to the 16-35L in terms of image quality. For my needs, this lens isn't sharp enough, despite the reviews I read, and creates too much distortion.
Summary: I am very happy with this lens on my Nikon full frame D600. The images are tack sharp even at f2.8. Only little complaint is the flare depending on the angle of lights, but that is to be expected from such a wide angle lens.
Summary: I had the Nikon 14-24mm 2.8. Unfortunately, it was stolen and at the time I didn't have insurance on it. I looked at different options and found the Tokina 16-28mm by chance. It seemed like the perfect solution. After seeing it in person, it won me over. The build quality is exceptional, it feels almost as solid as my 14-24mm did.
Summary: I did find the lens to be sharp, but the flare made it unusable for me. I did one real estate shoot with it and found some of the shots to be unusable due to the flare from window light, it was sunny outside, but the window was not facing the sun so the amount of flare really surprised me.. I'm returning it.
Summary: I'd read several reviews of this lens where buyers complained about lens flare when the sun was in or near the frame. It will flare with the sun in the frame, but so do many wide angle lenses. But I shot several images with the sun just barely out of frame and had no flares at all. Images have good color and contrast and look sharp across the frame, especially stopped down just a bit. I don't mind the focal range being slightly shorter than the Canon 16-35.