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: 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: 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.
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: Worked perfectly out of the box. Very sharp, good contrast, fast focus, sligt CA that is easily corrected in PS. Only visible in high contrast areas and only at 100% magnification. Colors may be slightly on the cool side. Compared to the Nikon 17-55mm 2.8 at double the price you get same sharpness, smaller size and less weight. Tokina's Pro series are built very well and have good optical qualities. Nice damping of zoom ring and nice feature for manual/auto focus.
Fast lens at F 2.8 and performs well in poor lights conditions
Foti Massimo, Amazon
12 May 2010
Summary: Most of the times I use a 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 , 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. Only keep in mind that, just like Canon's own EF-S lenses, it will not fit a full-sensor camera, like the EOS 5 or EOS 1.