Reviews and Problems with Tokina AT-X 165 PRO DX 16-50mm f/2.8
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Great performance for a fantastic value.
3 February 2014
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. Lens isn't small or light, construction is excellent, lens is solid and well built. Overall it isn't a Nikon 17-55, but it isn't a $1300 lens either. Great performance for a fantastic value.
Summary: This lens has exceeded my expectations, producing sharp images with very little distortion and natural color rendition. It is a heavy lens, with a very solid feel and may be a bit heavy for a D70, but balances quite well on a D300. At 50mm it is able to focus as close as 7 inches. The focusing is fast and accurate. The closest lens with a similar focal range in the Nikon line-up is the AF-S 17-35mm f/2.8D, costing three times as much.
Summary: I sold my Canon 17-40 f/4 and Sigma 24-70 f/2.8 and got this lens. It's definitely better than the Sigma and is almost up there with the Canon when it comes to colors and sharpness. I got sick of carrying 2 lenses for different occasions. It's a bit wider than the usual "normal zooms" and is 2.8 all the way which is quite nice. Everyone keeps saying that the CA is large, I don't much care about that. You can correct CA.
Summary: This is my main lens on the Canon 7D. Previously used a Sigma 24-70 on an XT. Very sharp. In practical use, the focus is nearly as fast as Canon USM with only a tiny amount of noise. However, in super dim conditions, and I mean super dim, the lens can't focus. In those conditions, I switch to the Canon 50 1.4, which the 7D can focus with in practically dark conditions. Great built quality.
Fast lens at F 2.8 and performs well in poor lights conditions
Foti Massimo, Amazon
8 November 2009
Summary: Most of the times I use a Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens for Canon EOS SLR Cameras as an all-round lens (mounted on an EOS 450 first, then EOS 7), and I was looking for a somewhat wider angle, but not too wide. I love Tokina 11-16MM F/2.8 ATX 116 Lens for Canon EOS AF Digital - Tokina ATX116PRODXC , so I bought this one and so far I've been super happy about it. It's a fast lens at F 2.8 and performs well in poor lights conditions, solid, but not too heavy.
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: 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.
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 !