Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X 116 PRO DX II DSLR Lens Review

     I have decided to make a video dedicated to the most used lens in my collection. My Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X PRO DX II. I picked this lens up through amazon for around $450. (links below)

     When i first got this lens I had the intentions that it would only be good for landscape photography but boy was I wrong. This lens almost immediately became a staple in my collection for concert photography along with portraits. The wide angles allow for creative distortion as you get closer to the subjects in your photos. 

     I mainly use the Tokina lens on a Nikon D610 in DX mode, but this lens is designed for all crop señor models. Since it have an internal motor, it will work on all D3XXX series and D5XXX series, along with camera with their own internal focus motors, such as the D7XXX series. 

     As soon as I mounted this lens, I could feel its build quality was phenomenal. I quickly took it out in the fields and starting snapping landscape shots. Only during a photoshoot when I realized I have left behind my Nikon 24-70 did I pull this lens out. I am glad I did. I was able to control light and use the wide constant aperture to my advantage. I got great tones and contrast out of the skies and had no obvious chromatic aberration. 

I would recommend this lens for anyone looking to take phenomenal landscapes, low light photographers looking for a unique angle, architecture photographers, portrait photographer, and product photographers.


  • Solid Build
  • ConstantWide Aperture
  • Sharp Photos
  • Nice Contrast
  • Light Weight
  • Easy to switch from AF to MF
  • Smooth rotary zoom ring
  • 77mm Filters are common with my 70-200 I use often as well
  • Wide Angle for DX cameras


  • Not weather Sealed
  • Not designed to work with FX cameras, but will work in DX mode.

Overall, this lens is a 10/10 and quite possibly the best lens under $500. 

This lens will remain in my bag and remain my go to lens. 

What is your favorite lens, leave a comment below and let me know?


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Thank you and have a good one!