The Tokina 11-16mm offers a rather limited focal range but it makes up for this in speed, offering a fixed aperture of f/2.8 throughout. It also has no focusing motor so can be fairly noisy during operation, which means it won’t autofocus on Nikon entry-level D-SLRs. In terms of performance, the 11-16mm was quick and responsive when bringing subjects into focus and weighing in at 560g it’s a heavy lens. It has a very solid and substantial feel in the hand and instead of an MF/AF switch, it employs a useful focus clutch mechanism to shift from manual to autofocus, and this proved to be faster in use. The zoom and focus rings were fairly fluid with a nice positive action.
Ultimately, with an RRP of £529, it's a little expensive compared to other third-party options.
- Street price: £449 (As of June 2016)
- Full frame or APS-C: APS-C
- Lens mount: Canon, Nikon
- Max aperture: f/2.8
- Min aperture: f/22
- Minimum focus distance: 30cm
- Filter size: 77mm
- Weight: 560g
- Verdict: www.tokinalens.com
This review was first published in the September 2012 issue of Digital Photo - download back issues here.