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Tokina to ship AT-X 12-28 F4 PRO DX lens for Nikon from April 2013

By dpreview staff on Mar 15, 2013 at 18:15 GMT

Tokina has announced it will be shipping the AT-X 12-28 F4 PRO DX lens from April 2013 in Nikon mount, and June 2013 for the Canon version.  Announced at the CP+ 2013 tradeshow, the lens is a replacement for the company's existing 12-24mm F4 wideangle zoom for APS-C cameras. But rather than making the lens wider to match its competitors, Tokina has chosen to extend it further into the 'normal' range, to give an 18-42mm equivalent zoom. The Japanese RRP of ¥90,000 is the same as that for the existing AT-X Pro DX 12-24mm F4 II lens. (via DCWatch)

Tokina AT-X 12-28mm F4 PRO DX

Specifications

  AT-X 12-28 F4 PRO DX
 Focal length  12-28mm
 Angle of view  99.4° - 54.7°
 Maximum aperture  F4 
 Minimum aperture  F22
 Maximum format size  APS-C / DX
 Optical configuration  14 elements / 12 groups 
 Minimum focus distance  0.25m
 Maximim magnification  0.20x
 Filter thread  77mm
 Dimensions  84mm dia x 90.2mm length
 Weight  600g
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Comments

Total comments: 33
Mirko123
By Mirko123 (Mar 29, 2013)

This looks to be an awesome lens!!
Ill definitely be getting one!
The focal range is very usable and could easily be my walk around lens.
I just hope the image quality isn't sacrificed for the extra 4mmm

0 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (Mar 20, 2013)

WA f/4 on APS-C does not sound all that exciting. And 42mm without IS/VR on Nikon/Canon... even 1/30s is out of the question already, and absolutely honestly, shooting handheld at even higher speeds would still degrade quality on those 18-24mpix sensors.
On Pentax and Sony (not NEX) it would be more useful.

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stelioskritikakis
By stelioskritikakis (Mar 18, 2013)

i think tokina commited suicide creating a lens which is
- not wide enough
- not bright enough
- dx?
why choose this over the canon 10-22 or the nikon 10-24?

nahhh..

i'd accept though some lenses such as
- 10-20 f/4 dx
- or 24-24 f/4 fx even
or 12-24 DX like sigma created.

0 upvotes
Bruce Edwards
By Bruce Edwards (Mar 18, 2013)

Sounds reasonable. By producing a wide angle lens that doesn't fit your needs, they have destroyed the entire company.

"Suicide" no less! Sheesh. Dramatic, much?

3 upvotes
tyyreaun
By tyyreaun (Mar 19, 2013)

So you prefer a Sigma 12-24 DX over a Tokina 12-28 DX?

???

Anyway given their success with their past ultra-wides I don't think they have anything to worry about. People choose it over the Nikon cause it's sharper at half the price.

0 upvotes
NorCalAl
By NorCalAl (Mar 17, 2013)

I loved my Toke 12-24 on Canon, but the non-bim model (mark I, if you will) so put me off to the Nikon mount that I ended up with a Siggy 10-20. Love that lens. I like the fact that Tokina has gone and added a motor and now a little more range, but that extra 4mm won't cause me to change. I'd rather have seen them go a bit wider, but I understand the constraints in that direction.

Not a big announcement IMHO.

0 upvotes
JakeB
By JakeB (Mar 17, 2013)

I really like the Tokina 12-24 f4 II on my Nikon D7000; at half the price of the Nikon and with very good IQ, it's a great deal.

I'll be interested to read reviews of the new model, though I doubt I'd upgrade unless IQ was dramatically better, which doesn't seem likely.

0 upvotes
Arai
By Arai (Mar 17, 2013)

I own the perfect sharp 11-16 2.8 and it is almost allways glued on 11 it would be on 9 if it could ! So I personally never missed my old 12-24 reach there are some dowsides on Tokina's if you (like me) frequently take pictures in direct sunlight the sunflare is realy bad sometimes ! But on the other hand the 18 pointed sunstars are owesome on all Tokina's with there 9 blade sharp diaphargm..... So for me a 9mm fixed lens at 2,8 with less sunflare would be preferable till then I keep my 11-16

1 upvote
beenthere
By beenthere (Mar 17, 2013)

Really hard ($$$) to get wider than ~12 mm at F4 or better. I have the Sigma 8-16 and love it but would not pay the attitional $1k for a DX F4 or better version.

0 upvotes
deeplenz
By deeplenz (Mar 22, 2013)

Absolutely, I have been using excellent and ultra sharp 11-16 f/2.8 and very happy with this lens. It is as good as a prime lens with fast f/2.8.

0 upvotes
CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (Mar 17, 2013)

Tokina has improved on an already very well crafted wide angle series.

.

2 upvotes
MrMojo
By MrMojo (Mar 16, 2013)

The Tokina 12-24 is the first non-Nikkor lens I have owned in over 30 years of amateur/pro photography. In 5 years it has never let me down and it's the lens that lives on my camera. Normally I would have stuck with Nikon but its 12-24 zoom simply is not worth twice the cost of the Tokina.

I am looking forward to this lens... I little more reach on the tele end would be welcomed since I use it for street photography when I travel.

My experience with the Tokina has persuaded me to be more open-minded when it comes to considering lenses from companies other than Nikon.

1 upvote
Northgrove
By Northgrove (Mar 16, 2013)

This sounds great! Just awesome to have it that wide but also be able to use it as a normal lens. I'm surprised we've seen so few lenses like this for the Nikon DX format.

This one, the Sigma 30 f/1.4, and a decent tele zoom would be what I'd get if I was about to rebuild my lens setup today.

0 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (Mar 16, 2013)

Canon 10-22 is a very good lens but usually people don't mount it on a camera and walk around. that's why 12-28 I think, beside any technical reasons.

2 upvotes
Stanchung
By Stanchung (Mar 16, 2013)

Is it me or do I sense that the 3rd party guys are crashing the marquee brand's parties?
Sigma 30mm f1.4, 35mm f1.4 to name a couple.

Am still loyal to the marquees but more and more my heart drifts.

5 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (Mar 16, 2013)

will be happy to have a Nike lens if that's better than Nikon, or a Carl Zeiss lens if they can do better than Canon.

0 upvotes
io_bg
By io_bg (Mar 15, 2013)

Could their next lens be a 10-16mm f/2.8?

1 upvote
vesa1tahti
By vesa1tahti (Mar 16, 2013)

They already have 11-16mm f/2,8, an excellent lens.

1 upvote
ecuadordave
By ecuadordave (Mar 17, 2013)

I think what io_bg is trying to say is that if they're coming out with new additions to existing lenses then the extra 1mm wider on the 11-16mm would be a welcome change just as the 4mm longer reach is a welcome addition to the 12-24mm which I own and love.

2 upvotes
tyyreaun
By tyyreaun (Mar 19, 2013)

That would be awesome, but given they just upgraded the 11-16mm last year, I'd be surprised to see it replaced until late 2014 at the earliest.

0 upvotes
backayonder
By backayonder (Mar 15, 2013)

A new PRO DX lens to go on what exactly? Unless of course, no surely not really! Is it really coming?

1 upvote
Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (Mar 16, 2013)

What are you talking about? Are you expecting more pro APS-C DSLR than D7100 and 7DII?

0 upvotes
JakeB
By JakeB (Mar 16, 2013)

And here come the doctors...

1 upvote
zakk9
By zakk9 (Mar 17, 2013)

It will fit fine on my D2Xs and on my D300 as well. Oh, and I do think there's something called a D7100 out there as well, although not as pro as the ones mentioned above. Now, we just need to wait for the D400 to make the selection complete. Yes, I'm a sports photographer and no, FX is not an option for me. I can't afford the longer lenses needed and I don't want to carry the extra weight.

0 upvotes
ecuadordave
By ecuadordave (Mar 17, 2013)

I believe all of the FX cameras Nikon sells have a crop mode anyway.

0 upvotes
PhotoHop
By PhotoHop (Mar 15, 2013)

This looks interesting, but pricey I'm sure.
Maybe they can finally get rid of that "Tokina Glow".
I had the 11-16mm f/2.8...lens for me was too big and I had problems, surprisingly with it's focus speed. Sold it.
I am currently thrilled with my Sigma 15mm f/2.8 on my D90...easy distortion correction when you want it and cool effects when you don't. Little teeny thing to.

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ogl
By ogl (Mar 16, 2013)

focus speed for ultra-wide lens...you really care about it?

4 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (Mar 16, 2013)

@ ogl, I understand what you say but the topic here is more range for less wide angles and I know some people use wide angles for kids.

0 upvotes
Chuck Yadmark
By Chuck Yadmark (Mar 15, 2013)

About time somebody went this way. Hope the quality is good and maybe more choices as well. I often use 12-24 as a walk around, I find 18-70 not wide enough for my taste.

1 upvote
codeNsnap
By codeNsnap (Mar 15, 2013)

And about time someone added VR/IS on such wide angle lenses to help the walking around

1 upvote
brendon1000
By brendon1000 (Mar 16, 2013)

Sony has done it. They have IBIS for their Alpha cameras and they have a 10-24mm OIS lens for NEX cameras. :)

0 upvotes
tyyreaun
By tyyreaun (Mar 15, 2013)

I'm a big fan of the 11-16, but a longer range would always be appreciated. Still, I don't think the 12-24 was particularly good above 18mm. Hopefully they made this thing uniform across the full range - would make a good upgrade, then.

0 upvotes
rjx
By rjx (Mar 15, 2013)

Would have liked 10mm on the wide end. But it should be another stellar, sharp, UWA from Tokina. Hopefully the flare isn't an issue.

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Total comments: 33