Reviews and Problems with Tokina 12-24mm f/4.0 ATX-124 AF PRO DX
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Value for money 8
Picture quality 9
Build quality 9
28 March 2009
Conclusion: The Tokina AT-X Pro SD 12-24mm F4 (IF) DX is a lens that could easily be overlooked by buyers considering a wideangle zoom, simply because of its more limited angle of view compared to most similar lenses on the market. But perhaps because of its more modest aspirations, it comprehensively outperforms the other third party APS-C wideangle zooms we've tested recently, i.e. the Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM and the Tamron 10-24mm F3.5-4.5 Di-II .
Pros: Excellent sharpness across almost all of the range, even wide open, Benign distortion characteristics (easy to correct at 12mm, visually neutral from 15mm to 24mm), High quality build, Well-implemented focus clutch mechanism, Constant F4 maximum aperture
Cons: Relatively narrow wideangle end (12mm vs 10mm of many competitors), Rather prone to flare when shooting into the light, Complex chromatic aberration behavior, Relatively poor close-range performance, Slightly soft at 24mm
Excerpt: Tokina's latest version of this classic wide angle optic for Canon or Nikon APS-C format DSLRs sports a fast, smooth autofocus motor in addition to the constant f/4 maximum aperture and costs around £500.
Pros: Excellent sharpness, especially at 12mm, Very good build quality, Fast to focus, Keenly priced
Cons: Chromatic aberrations towards the edges, especially at 12mm, Barrel distortion, especially at 12mm
Tokina AF 12-24mm f/4 AT-X Pro DX (Nikon) - Review / Test Report
21 August 2008
Conclusion: The Tokina AF 12-24mm f/4 AT-X DX is a lens with many facets. The resolution characteristic is very good to excellent throughout the zoom range which is quite surprising for an ultra-wide zoom lens - more so for a third-party lens. Vignetting is very high at 12mm f/4 but quite well controlled otherwise (for an ultra-wide lens). It produces a fair amount of wavy barrel distortions at 12mm, less so at 18mm and at 24mm distortions are negligible.
Tokina AF 12-24mm f/4 AT-X Pro DX (Canon) - Review / Test Report
31 July 2008
Conclusion: The verdict about the Tokina AF 12-24mm f/4 AT-X DX can't be easy because its quality varies across the different characteristics. In terms of resolution the lens is on a very high level. The center performance is excellent throughout the whole range. The borders are (naturally) quite a bit worse especially at f/4 but very decent from f/5.6 onward. Distortions are comparatively low for an ultra-wide lens and vignetting may only be an issue at 12mm @ f/4.