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Tokina 12-24mm f/4 AT-X

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#1 DougJGreen


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Posted 14 May 2009 - 17:02

I got one recently and I think it's fantastic.  I compared it to a friend's Nikkor 12-24, and the Tokina blows the Nikkor away on resolution AND build quality (and it costs much less).    Also, many folks seem unaware that this lens is quite a competent full frame wide angle down to around 17mm.   I haven't used it on digital Full Frame, but I put a roll of film through a Nikon F100 and this lens is a champ.  It's superior to my older manual 7mm Tokina f3.5 prime and my Nikkor 20mm f2.8 AI prime on full frame film.  The only imperfection I can see with this Tokina 12-24 is that it flares fairly easily.  Also, it's not an AF-S lens, so it won't AF on a bodies up to the D5000.

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Posted 18 October 2009 - 08:34

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#3 BillM


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Posted 18 October 2009 - 17:20

Very good to excellent from 12-20mm.  Have to stop down to f/11 for sharpness at 24mm. 

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Posted 28 October 2009 - 18:39

I reviewed this lens some time ago, see details here.
It made a better impression on me than the Sigma 10-20mm and 12-24mm but that was partly because my first copy of the Sigma 10-20 was awfully decentered. It was quite a good lens and I would have kept it were it not for the large overlapping range with my 18-200mm.
I finally ended up with a (good copy of the) Sigma 10-20mm and am still happy with the decision.

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#5 the_traveler


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Posted 28 October 2009 - 23:30

I am loathe to part with this, my one remaining DX lens.  I have a sharp copy and it is just brilliant and a wonderful crowd lens.


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#6 smhese


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Posted 23 December 2009 - 23:20

Nice DX wide zoom and supposed to perform better that the 12-24 from Nikon. Definitely outperforming the Nikkor AIS 20 mm. Fringing is however a real problem and you need to make sure that this is calibrated in postprocessing and usually not all is removed. Sharp lens and build well. Mine was dropped together with my d1x and so I had some nice insights how the lens is build. Lots of plastic - not necessarily a bad thing but the build has a good "feel factor". Thats how I would call it. But the lens isnt build to the pro level of Nikon Pro f2.8 zooms - and its also not in that price range (as you know :) ).

Not usable for IR - there is a very strong hot spot in the center of the frame clearly visible even at f4 and increasing if the aperture is closed - for IR I use the Nikkor 10.5 and the AIS 20 mm - both work great.
What is annoying imo: if you change from  AF to MF using the lens clutch mechanism you might change your focus point. Its a detail but I believe it makes life a bit harder -

Ill keep mine as long as I have a DX camera.

#7 Fons Baerken

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Posted 24 December 2009 - 08:31

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d300 tokina 12-24 @f8,12mm
It's  pretty sharp and good on dx but it's a f4 only and that shows in comparison with nikkor faster lenses.
The sunhood comes off rather quickly sometimes while shooting and that's a pain ruining pictures,
neither do i like the af/mf switch.
I have a love-hate relation with the lens!
All and all it's wide it is well built and cheap sharp enough get one for dx or else go for the 14-24

#8 Jan Anne

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Posted 24 December 2009 - 08:49

Truly an excellent lens, I mainly used it from f/8 to f/11 where it is tack sharp from corner to corner. Due to the lack of any decent coatings things like flare and ghosting are a problem but whenever that became a problem I was long gone as it also meant the magic light was gone ;D ;D

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#9 BillM


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Posted 24 December 2009 - 20:16

A really good lens overall.  Mine performs great up to about 20mm.  20mm - 24mm are still good but not in the same league with performance between 12 and 18mm.  If you stop it down to f8, it gets better at the long end but still not as good as the shorter range.

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