Reviews and Problems with Tokina 12-24mm f/4.0 ATX-124 AF PRO DX
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It's a great product
26 July 2012
Summary: Awesome lens. The quality is amazing in okay to great lighting. Colors really shine and it's awesome for those huge landscape pictures. In low light, the lens is not so great, but still manageable. If you need low light capability, cough up some more money and get the tokina 11-16!
Summary: This is a great wide angle lens that I used to use on my Canon 30D, now on a 7D. It has held up to a few years of rough use, so I couldn't be happier. Only issue I have is when using the integrated flash and hood (you get a shadow along the bottom of the image). This is to be expected though. One of my always carry lenses!
Summary: The lens is very sharp, the only drawbacks are 1) It is only for APS-C crop sensor cameras, it shows vignetting on full frame cameras, and 2) There is no image stabilization. Pretty fast wide angle lens, but also pretty pricey.
Summary: This Tokina lens is well made. It isn't the best 12-24mm lens out there, however. The focus isn't as sharp nor the colors as accurate as from my Canon lens. It is a fair value, however. As is generally true, you get what you pay for.
Summary: A relatively light lens with a good zoom range. Instead of getting a wide-angle, on the long end you are getting a high enough zoom around normal perspective that you can still use at home for family photos. Compared with several other lenses. At first looked at Tamron & Sigma which are available in Canada for many years. Then the name Tokina popped up on the Internet with the name of a local camera shop at a reasonable price so decided to go with Tokina.
Pros: Own several Sigma lenses. Their plastic bodies tended to be a bit cheap., Tested it at the store. Looks surprisingly sharp., Compared to the closest 11-16 F2.8 you lose 1 stop on your aperture but otherwise you get a bigger range with 12-24 F4. The other wide-angle lens is a fish-eye which is for people who enjoy doing a lot of special-effects.
Cons: Not a lot. Tokina used to make lenses with metal until a few years ago before switching to all plastic. The old lenses although heavier can take a lot more abuse (if you happen to drop the lens for any reason a plastic lens is less likely to survive)., It must be because of the recession. The product is usually not in stock in stores (not in Canada anyway) so not much difference buying mail-order. The company decided to keep only a lens in store for demo purposes. If ...
Summary: This is a very sharp lens. It compares well with the Nikkor version. There are some important considerations, however. Sharpness is good corner to corner stopping down to f5.6 or more. I can use this on my F100 from ~16-24mm on with little vignetting at F8 on. Corner sharpness is not as good as on the D200. Thats to be expected. This is the first Tokina I've ever owned. I will definitely consider Tokina when shopping for lenses.
Pros: Build quality is excellent. I had the opportunity to handle the Nikon version and was impressed with the focus on it, but other than being a bit more noisy, focusing is nearly as fast on either of my cameras. Just more noise., Color rendition is as good as any lens I've ever owned, and I've owned more than a few. For what I shoot, people and landscapes with this wide a lens, it does very well.
Cons: Flare and ghosting are the weaknesses on this lens. If you are shooting into strong light situations, expect ghosting. From just off the frame, expect sunlight to flare into the frame, this is visible in the viewfinder. CA is not well controlled, but can be corrected in Photoshop if you shoot raw digital. Not much can be done for film however.
Excerpt: Tämä lasi on hyvä ostos, siitä ei ole epäilystäkään. Canon 10-22mm on turhan tyyris, eikä Sigma 10-20 tarjoa yhtä hyvää piirtoa vaikka onkin saman hintainen/kalliimpi paikasta riippuen. Tätä Tokinaa tosin ei minun mielestäni kannata enää uutena ostaa, vaan katseet kannattaa kohdistaa uuteen Tokina 11-16mm f2.8:n. Tokina ilmeisesti panostaa nopeisiin laseihin.
Pros: + Polttoväli croppirungoissa, + Rakenne taattua Tokinaa, + Piirto täydellä aukollakin hyvä/erinomainen, + Vääristää suhteellisen vähän polttovälillä 12mm, polttovälillä 24mm ei havaittavaa vääristymää