Review: Tokina AT-X Pro SD 12-24mm F4 (IF) DX for Nikon

Tokina AT-X Pro SD 12-24mm F4 (IF) DX for Nikon Review by Alan Trammel.


This lens was my first foray into wide angles lenses while shooting DX.  With an 18-36mm equivalent focal range (on full frame) and a constant F/4 aperture, this lens was great for landscapes and interior real estate photos.

From the moment you pick it up, it’s weight and heftiness reassuringly exude an impression of quality.  With a metal mount and barrel made from high quality plastic it definitely has the feel or a “pro” lens.  The manual push/pull clutch system (to switch from manual to autofocus) was always reliable and never gave me any problems.

Images from this lens were super sharp and had colors that popped.  Time and time again I was amazed at the images I got from it since it was a third-party lens.  There is chromatic aberration that can be somewhat pronounced at 12mm and flare that can be distinct, but no worse than any other lenses I have had. 

The only negative I could find was the oversized lens hood with abnormally large flare.  It was so odd and took up so much space in my camera bag I never used it and when it ended up getting lost I wasn’t heartbroken.

The Tokina 12-24mm f/4 simply produces superior images.  If sharpness is high on your list don’t overlook the optical excellence of this lens.  I kept this lens for many years until I made the jump to FX (full frame).

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