Tokina’s releases their new atx-i 11-16mm f/2.8 APS-C zoom lens for DSLRs
Tokina’s line of 11-16mm f/2.8 lenses for APS-C DSLRs have been pretty regularly recommended for years. They weren’t perfect, but they were rather good for what they cost. Tokina has now announced an update to this lens, in the form of the new Tokina atx-i 11-16mm f/2.8 CF for both Nikon and Canon.
The new lens promises increased clarity and sharpness as well as greater contrast, coatings to prevent flaring and ghosting and aspherical and low dispersion elements to combat chromatic and other aberrations.
|Nikon F / Canon EF-S
|Angle of View
|104° to 82°
|Minimum Focus Distance
|13 elements in 11 groups
|Fixed and Rotating
|77 mm (Front)
|Dimensions (ø x L)
|Nikon 3.31 x 3.51″ (84 x 89.2mm) / Canon 3.31 x 3.61″ (84 x 91.7mm)
|1.22lb / 555g
This lens marks the first in a new series of “atx-i” lenses. Continuing on from Tokina’s AT-X (Advanced Technology-X) lenses, the new “i” means “interactive”, apparently. Exactly what that implies is anybody’s guess. But it also comes with a more modern looking simple design, that’s somewhat reminiscent of Sigma’s Art series.
As with its predecessors, it’s an autofocus lens offering the full-frame equivalent field of view to a 16.5-24mm lens if you’re shooting Nikon or 17.6-25.6mm for Canon. Neither lens has built-in stabilisation, but with a lens this wide, it’s hardly needed.
Two aspherical elements help to control spherical aberrations and distortions, while two SD low dispersion elements aim to reduce colour fringing and chromatic aberration. Multi-coated elements reduce flare and ghosting while improving contrast, colour accuracy and repel dust, water and other things that can stick to your lens.
Traditionally, I’ve not been a massive fan of Tokina lenses, but the 11-16mm f/2.8 has always been one that’s stood out to me. It had a bit more barrel distortion than I’d like (certainly more than I saw with the Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6), but I always found it rather sharp and that wider consistent aperture is very nice. If this newest version doesn’t have the barrel distortion I’ve seen in the past (which the new aspherical elements might fix), then I might have to add this one to my shopping list.
Interestingly, only because it’s rare on a new lens these days, when you switch the lens over to manual focus mode, you actually get hard stops at each end of the focusing range. This could be very handy for video shooters who rely on having repeatable focus wheel movements.
John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.