Considering that the Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX came out in 2010, way before any of the high-resolution cameras started hitting the market, I was pretty surprised to see such impressive optical performance from this lens when I tested it on the Nikon D810. Although it struggles to deliver at f/2.8, the lens is insanely sharp when stopped down to f/4 and smaller, often surpassing most of its ultra-wide angle counterparts. It is big and heavy, and definitely feels like a professional-grade lens in hands. But the best part is its price – the Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8 is one of the cheapest ultra-wide angle zoom lenses you can find today for a full-frame camera. At its current retail price of $629 (actually $589 after a $40 mail-in rebate), it is of amazing value and it certainly delivers at that price.
The lens is far from being perfect though and there are a few important factors one should consider, such as its weaker performance at 16mm and at maximum aperture, a poorly designed push-pull focus ring, lack of image stabilization and poor infrared performance. The Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC addresses these issues, which is why I would personally recommend it over the Tokina. But that comes at a much higher price premium, which can be a tough pill to swallow for someone who is just starting out or has a low budget to work with…
Overall, I really enjoyed shooting with the Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX lens and would certainly recommend it to our readers. I am looking forward to testing and reviewing more Tokina lenses, as they seem to be great performers and solid alternatives to Nikon lenses.
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