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? This lens extends as you zoom out, something to keep in mind. The constant f/2.8 is great and it can focus very close. Does NOT autofocus on entry level Nikon cameras like the D3xxx/D5xxx/D40/D60.
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. Would buy again!
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. I have become addicted to 2.8's and this lens works good enough wide open. A little "play" in the front element at 16mm but that is normal. It has recently been discontinued and only a few new copies are available.
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. This is my first pro lens outside of my kit 18-105 for my D90. Compared to my 3.5 this 2.8 Tokina is sharp !
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? No thanks. The Tamron also produces quality pics but autofocus was inconsistent and the build is so CHEAP.
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. It's pretty sharp, though not exceptional. Despite lacking USM, focus is very fast, and the high-pitched noise it makes while focusing isn't loud or obtrusive.
Pros: Construction, versatility
Cons: Clutch-type MF is finicky, color rendition, CA, depth
Summary: Like all Tokina glass, the build quality is excellent, even though it's considerably lighter than the Nikon 17-55mm 2.8 (two-thirds the weight, I'm GUESSING). It's not as quick to auto-focus as the Nikon 17-55mm 2.8. But for less than half the price, good grief, what can you expect? I work as an event photographer, and bought the Nikkor because its prestige gets me more assignments. Just being honest- client perception can be hokey in this line of work!
Tokina 16-50mm f/2.8 AT-X 165 AF PRO DX SD review by smaldc99
18 November 2010
Summary: I am a big fan of Tokina lenses in general. This is a company that offers construction quality that consistently exceeds the price point of their products. There are MANY lenses to choose from in this range. Therefore, choosing the best one can be tricky. For those of you asking yourselves why you might buy this lens, I will outline my personal reasons for owning this over other similar products. 1) Top quality, METAL construction.
Pros: well constructed, sharp, large aperature, accurate focus
Cons: purple fringing on brightly lit edges, may need to adjust micro focusing