Tokina 11-16mm F2.8 AT-X 116 PRO DX-II A-mount lens review by A68noob

reviewer#44513 date: May-9-2020
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:SAL16-80CZ
price paid:340€ w. shipping,new
positive:-insane view angle on APS-C
-F2,8 for low light
-big lens hood that allows the usage of polarizing filters (very well done, but also important!)
-well built, solid quality
-nice MF/AF feature
-ok sharpness on all apertures, including 2,8 (center. corners need at least 6,3 to be somewhat sharp)
-beautiful sun rays
-nice, warm colours (remind me of minolta)
negative:-more expensive 77mm filters
-rather heavy in the lens bag, but no problem carrying it around the neck with A68 (but that's probably the price of well built 2,8)
-big lens hood that takes up more space than usual ones
-never gets overwhelmingly sharp at any aperture
-insane CA and heavy flares (can be nice, but some people may dislike flares)
comment:My first lens i bought new, after bad experiences on 2nd hand market with other lenses. I chose this lens because of good reviews, F2,8 for low light as i didn't want to torture myself with some other F4-5,6 wide angle lens, 16mm was not enough for me on APS-C and the appealing price.

On the one hand i like it very much, because it allows/features:
-easy and fun photographing (set up the MF right and everything beyond approximately 1m is sharp at 11mm)
-good architecture photos, because in many cases 16mm is not enough and 11mm is just awesome
-rotating polarizing filters WITH lens hood attached is possible!
-nice and warm colours
-beautiful sun rays making awesome photos even better!

I do not like:
-Most insane CA i have ever seen (CA on SAL16-80CZ is low compared to this one) and very fragile to flares, which is extraordinarily sad, because DX-II is supposed to have improved this over the first model.. Sometimes even rainbows appeared on my pictures with this lens, sick.
-sharpness is never really great, but on the other hand i do not know what to expect from such a wideangle lens. maybe i also do not have the best copy.

In some situations i am not sure if i am looking at a picture made with my A68 + this lens, or a mobile phone picture. I'm not joking.

I would suggest heavy testing on a bright day before buying.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 8
  • sharpness: 4.25
  • color: 4.75
  • build: 4.63
  • distortion: 4.00
  • flare control: 3.50
  • overall: 4.23 - Home of the alpha system photographer
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania