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

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

This lens feels very solidly built, which is typical of Tokina's ATX Pro range of lenses. The plastics used on the lens barrel are of very high quality and the lens feels very tough as a result. The lens weighs 530g, which makes it a perfect partner for the Nikon D300 used for testing. A rubber gasket placed around the lens mount helps to prevent ingress of dust and moisture into the camera body, although the lens itself isn't water resistant.

Autofocus is powered by a new SD-M motor, which focuses quickly and is virtually silent, but doesn't allow manual focus adjustments to be applied at any time. Tokina get around this by making autofocus easy to disengage, by simply sliding the focus ring backwards or forwards. The focusing ring is well damped, which makes it a pleasure to apply manual focus adjustments.

Focusing is performed internally, and zoom adjustments do not change the overall length of the lens, which means the 77mm filter ring doesn't move. This makes this lens ideal for use with graduated and polarising filters.

Tokina AT X PRO DX 12 28mm F4 Aspherical (9)

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