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Tokina AT-X 12-24mm f/4 DX

Tokina AT-X 12-24mm f/4 DX Specifications
Frame Coverage APS-C
Lens Construction (groups) 11
Lens Construction (elements) 13
No. of Diaphragm Blades 9
Minimum Aperture 22
Closest Focusing Distance 0.3m (11.8")
Maximum Magnifcation 0.13x
Filter Diameter 77mm
Maximum Diameter x Length 84mm x 89.5mm (3.3" x 3.5")
Weight 570g (20.1oz)
The Tokina AT-X Pro SD 12-24mm F4 (IF) DX is a lens that could easily be overlooked by buyers considering a wideangle zoom, simply because of its more limited angle of view compared to most similar lenses on the market. But perhaps because of its more modest aspirations, it comprehensively outperforms the other third party APS-C wideangle zooms we've tested recently.
Bob Atkins
The Tokina 12-24mm f4.0 is a good lens. It's sharp in the center and pretty good at the edges when stopped down a little. Corners are a somewhat soft wide open at 12mm, but sharpen up nicely by f5.6. Similarly corners at 24mm wide open are a little soft, but stopping down to f5.6 sharpens them a little and stopping down to f8 sharpens them a little more. Center sharpness is good at all apertures and focal lengths.
I have not gotten into much serious shooting the Tokina lens officially (my next wedding assignment is in 2 weeks time). But as I did some test shots, I felt that this lens has less distortion than Tamron 11-18mm and gives me more coverage.
I found that the lens is very sharp at 24mm, even wide open, and even in the corners. It improves slightly by stopping down to f/5.6, but I saw no additional improvement at f/8.
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