Tok­ina AT-X 11-16mm f/2.8 PRO DX II £599, $535

An old favourite that’s been up­graded to make it fully com­pat­i­ble with all Nikon D-SLRs

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Com­pared with many ul­tra-wide zoom lenses, the ac­tual zoom range of this Tok­ina looks unim­pres­sive. It’s cer­tainly lack­ing at the long end, while not quite match­ing the short 10mm fo­cal length of other lenses. Even so, its max­i­mum view­ing an­gle is a very use­ful 104 de­grees and, given that many pho­tog­ra­phers only use this type of lens at or near the short­est fo­cal length, the limited zoom range isn’t a great con­cern.

A ma­jor plus point is the rel­a­tively fast f/2.8 widest aper­ture, which re­mains con­stant through­out the zoom range. This newer mark II edi­tion of the Nikon-fit lens, which was launched a cou­ple of years ago, in­cludes an aut­o­fo­cus mo­tor, which was lack­ing in the orig­i­nal ver­sion. This means that aut­o­fo­cus is pos­si­ble on any Nikon D-SLR, rather than just up­mar­ket bod­ies like the D7100, D300s and those in Nikon’s full­frame range, each of which has a built-in aut­o­fo­cus mo­tor and drive mech­a­nism.


De­spite only hav­ing an elec­tric AF mo­tor, aut­o­fo­cus is rapid and rea­son­ably quiet. Im­age qual­ity is good over­all, with con­sis­tent lev­els of sharp­ness through­out the (al­beit limited) zoom range. How­ever, colour fring­ing is a bit on the high side.

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