Tokina atx-i 11-16mm f/2.8 CF Lens Announced – Popular Ultra-Wide Comeback

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Tokina atx-i 11-16mm f/2.8 CF Lens Announced - Popular Ultra-Wide Comeback

Tokina atx-i 11-16mm f/2.8 CF is a new ultra-wide-angle APS-C lens based on Tokina’s long seller – the AT-X 116 PRO DX II model. It comes in two versions to fit both Canon EF and Nikon F DSLR cameras. The lens features internal focus, water-repellent coating, one-touch focus clutch mechanism, and 77mm front filter thread. It offers overall good optical performance with a lightweight body at an affordable price – $449.

Tokina atx-i 11-16mm f/2.8 CF Lens announced. Image credit: Tokina

The original AT-X 116 PRO DX II 11-16mm f/2.8 lens from Tokina was the ultra-wide angle lens of choice for many filmmakers and photographers. It was a very good deal and especially filmmakers liked the lens for many reasons – it offered constant aperture f/2.8, front filter thread, lightweight design, and a friendly price tag. The new Tokina atx-i 11-16mm kind of builds on its success.

Tokina atx-i 11-16mm f/2.8 CF Lens

Based on the widely popular AT-X 116 PRO DX II, the model atx-i 11-16mm F2.8 CF is designed and optimized for contemporary APS-C sensor DSLR cameras in terms of improved specifications and renovated design.

Together with its predecessor, it is the only f/2.8 fast ultra-wide-angle zoom lens for APS-C sized DSLR cameras in the current market. A constant maximum aperture of f/2.8 throughout the entire zoom range is useful for low light environments, like interiors.

Tokina atx-i 11-16mm f/2.8 CF Lens – optical structure. Image credit: Tokina

To achieve improved optical performance, two aspherical glass elements and two Super-low dispersion glass elements were used in order to minimize distortion, manage spherical aberration and astigmatism while achieving good edge-to-edge resolution and contrast of the entire image. Light fall-off is well controlled at all focal lengths as well.

Anti-reflective multi-layer coating improves light transmission and minimizes reflections while water-repellent coating makes it easier to wipe and clean the surface of the front glass element.

Tokina atx-i 11-16mm f/2.8 CF Lens is water-repellent. Image credit: Tokina

Tokina incorporated a lot of metal parts inside the lens for a reassuring built quality and long-time utilization in different shooting conditions. The exterior design is specifically developed to match the design of contemporary DSLR cameras. The One-touch focus Clutch mechanism allows switching between autofocus and manual focus very easily. The overall length of the Tokina atx-i 11-16mm F2.8 CF does not change when focusing and zooming thanks to the internal type of focus construction.

The Tokina atx-i 11-16mm F2.8 CF for Nikon F mount incorporates internal silent focusing motor in combination with precise GMR sensor to allow the lens to AF on Nikon bodies that do not have an AF drive gear and motor.

Tokina atx-i 11-16mm Advantages for Filmmakers

Tokina especially emphasizes that the new Tokina atx-i 11-16mm F2.8 CF lens qualifies as a very good ultra-wide angle lens for filmmakers. The main reasons for this are:

  • 77mm front filter thread for ND filters (possible vignetting at higher aperture numbers at 11mm)
  • Minimized focus breathing – the subject framing does not show any change with focus adjustment.
  • Natural footage – the image is not distorted while panning due to almost zero distortion performance.
  • Constant aperture to use the zoom while filming.
  • Good lens for gimbal use – since the overall length does not change thanks to the internal type of focusing, there is no need to do gimbal calibration every time the angle of view was changed. It is also lightweight.

Tokina atx-i 11-16mm f/2.8 CF Lens goes well with gimbals. Image credit: Tokina

Tokina Specs

  • Sensor size: APS-C
  • Mount: Canon EF, Nikon F
  • Color: Black
  • Focal length: 11-16mm
  • Aperture: f/2.8 – f/22
  • Automatic aperture: Yes
  • Angle of view: 104°-82°
  • Minimum focusing distance: 0.3m
  • Macro ratio: 1:11.6
  • Focusing mode: Automatic
  • Manual focusing ring: Yes
  • Autofocus switch: Clutch ring
  • Focusing type: Internal focus
  • Filter size: 77mm
  • Coating: Multi-coating
  • Construction E/G: 13 elements in 11 groups
  • Aperture blades: 9
  • Dimensions: 84 x 89mm (Nikon F), 84 x 92mm (Canon EF)
  • Weight: 555g
  • Included in the box: front lens cap, instructions manual, lens hood, rear lens cap, warranty sheet

Price and Availability

The new Tokina atx-i 11-16mm is now available for pre-order. Shipping should begin on November 8, 2019. Similar to the original 11-16mm from Tokina, the price is again very friendly. It has been set to $449.

What do you think about the new Tokina atx-i 11-16mm f/2.8 lens? Do you have experience with the original Tokina 11-16mm? How did you like the lens? Let us know in the comments underneath the article.

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October 29th, 2019

I own the Tokina 11-16mm (Version 1). Corners (and the center) are very sharp on my Nikon D500. Very beautiful colors and contrast. A great travel lense and not too big ! I hope the new version will be significantly better

October 19th, 2019

I have the older version and it’s been a go-to for me on music videos and documentaries. The only issue I have with it is the weird green star-shaped flares that it produces. I like a nice lens flare as much as anyone, but the flaring on the old 11-16 just looks distracting and bad. So hopefully they’ve fixed that with improved optics on this new version.

October 18th, 2019

I own the previous version and I really love it. It’s my go-to lens for M43 systems (e.g. my BMPCC 4k) when shooting action or narrative. You can get one on eBay for less than $300. Since you wouldn’t have AF in M43, you don’t really need this new updated version.

When it comes to APS-C though, I would suggest either the new version (that works better with AF), or their other product, the Tokina 14-20 F/2.0, for $500.

I own both lenses (the old 11-16, and the 14-20) and I use each depending on the system I’m on. 11-16 for M43 since it has a bigger crop factor (on BMPCC 4k and Panasonic), and the 14-20 for my 3 APS-C systems (Canon EF-M with active adapter, Sony and Fuji with dumb adapter).

I also have the original BMPCC, which with its massive 2.88x crop factor is perfect for the Tokina 11-16mm, and I occasionally also use the SLR Magic 8mm f/4 lens ($140) with it. Boom! Original BMPCC for the win! I love how the shot this sci-fi film using the original BMPCC for just $8500: (coming out soon in theaters!)

The Tokina lenses are very affordable, much more than the Sigma ones, but they don’t get as much love. Everyone goes for the Sigma 18-35mm ($800), which is versatile alright (and I own it too, but I don’t use it much because it flares too much), but if you’re after that Tarantino or Sergio Leone super wide look, you’ll get more value out of the Tokinas!

October 21st, 2019
Reply to  Eugenia L

The old one also has AF. There is no difference. Only the color of th barrel has changed, the markings. The real difference is only in the design og the focus and zoom wheels. But thats it.

So buy the old if you dont already have one. Or just get the 11-20 f/2.8 and get more reach.

Michał Całka
Michał Całka
October 18th, 2019

I was hoping that this lens would be more lightweight then older sibling but it turns out it heavier… only but 5g but still ;)

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