Tokina AT-X 12-28mm f/4 Pro DX


Tokina AT-X 12-28mm f/4 Pro DX

Versatile wideangle zoom for APS-C / DX

At first sight the Tokina 12-28mm f/4 may look unremarkable - indeed given its restricted 12mm wideangle compared to similar lenses, slightly boring even. Indeed it's almost the polar opposite of the Sigma 8-16mm; instead of being the widest wideangle zoom on the market, it's the longest. You might reasonably wonder what's the point of such a thing, but its 18-42mm equivalent zoom range means it can be kept on the camera for more general-purpose shooting, reducing the need for continual lens swapping. For some purposes, it might replace an 18-55mm kit zoom almost entirely.

Key specifications

  • 18-42mm equivalent range
  • 77mm filter thread
  • Built-in autofocus motor
  • 0.25m minimum focus distance
  • For APS-C / DX cameras only
  • Canon and Nikon mounts

Tokina makes the 12-28mm in versions for Canon and Nikon mount SLRs. It's designed for APS-C / DX format cameras only, and while it will mount on full frame models, it will give severe vignetting at shorter focal lengths. On Nikon's FX models it will automatically engage DX crop mode to eliminate this.

The 12-28mm is the successor to the Tokina's highly regarded 12-24mm f/4 DX, which was one of our favourite wide angle zooms for APS-C SLRs, and earned our top 'Highly Recommended' award when we reviewed it in 2009. This lens is still on sale, and we think is still a good alternative in this class. Nikon users will probably want to buy its 'Type II' version, which includes a built-in focus motor meaning it will autofocus on all of the company's SLRs.