Summary: Great lens! I'd rate IQ good to very good wide open and excellent stopped down 2.8. I did need AF fine tune on my D7000, but given similar issues that could be a body issue as much as a lens issue. Once dialed in, it's fantastic.
Summary: I've been using this lens as my main lens for almost three years with a Nikon D7000 and I couldn't be happier. Some reviews said it was soft at f/2.8 but I have not noticed that. It's built extremely well, is wide, fast and reasonably priced. What more could I ask for?
Summary: This lens is a jewel. I took it to NYC and it never left my D-90. All the images came out sharp and contrasty. NYC photos above are mine. It focused well and the images look great even wide open. I like the quick switch to manual mode as well. Certainly a great walkaround and event shooting lens.
Summary: Recently purchased this lens again. Picked it up on ebay. First one destroyed during an unfortunate fall in Burma. Had the lens for 3 years and no problems. May not be perfect but it is good enough. Much cheaper and lighter than the Nikon equivalent.
Summary: Well worth the money spent. If I could afford the Nikkor 17-55, I would have bought that...but at more than half the price, the Tokina 16-50 is awesome. If you have read some other reviews, some state that wide open at 2.8, the pics can be slightly soft? umm..its not an issue 95% of the time.
Summary: Great Build Quality! Great Value compared to the double priced Nikon 24-70mm 2.8 and the cheap build of the Tamron 17-50mm 2.8. I own all three lenses and was shocked to see the quality of images that this Tokina Lens produces. Sure the Nikon is slightly better but for more than double the price?
Tokina 16-50mm f/2.8 AT-X 165 AF PRO DX SD review by redvsion
26 January 2011
Summary: This lens should have been great. It may be heavier than I prefer for a standard zoom, but it feels very solid. The huge manual focus ring is a brilliant idea and the focal length range is extremely usable, though I found myself on the wide end more often than not.
Pros: Construction, versatility
Cons: Clutch-type MF is finicky, color rendition, CA, depth