Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX II Canon and Nikon mount lens reviews: popular high-speed zoom revisedBy Kevin Carter - Friday July 12 2013 Lens Review
With a fixed f/2.8 aperture and no direct equivalent from Canon or Nikon its predecessor, the Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX, was hugely popular with press photographers and HD filmmakers alike. Read on to see how well this new iteration performs in our tests.
Independent lens maker Tokina name their lenses somewhat cryptically. The $680 AT-X Pro 116 DX II is a APS-C format lens with a focal length of 11-16mm and f/2.8 maximum aperture and is a revision of the similarly named AT-X Pro 116 DX. On a Canon APS-C camera, with its slightly smaller than standard size sensor, it’s the equivalent in 35mm format to a 18-26mm, on a Nikon DX format DSLR, it’s a 17-24mm. Although the optical construction remains unchanged (it includes two elements with aspherical surfaces and two low dispersion glass elements), the lens adopts a new multi-coating process that delivers smoother gradation of the shadows, the firm claims. Besides that, the only other revision pertains to the Nikon mount version, which now includes the same high speed and quiet DC motor found on the Canon mount model.