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Tokina 11-20mm F/2.8 PRO Lens Now Available For Pre-Order

By Anthony Thurston on January 30th 2015

When it comes to lenses on the wide side of the spectrum, one brand that I have always personally really liked is Tokina. Their lenses are built like tanks, and have great performance across the board, which makes me really excited about their latest announcement, the new 11-20mm F/2.8 PRO DX lens.

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11-16mm is the usual focal range for a good DX wide angle, but this takes it to another level, giving you some extra reach to 20mm, all while keeping the constant aperture of F/2.8. This will likely be a killer astro, landscape sort of lens thanks to its wide field of view and fast aperture.

Full Frame shooters look away; this is a crop body lens only, as indicated by the DX tag in the lens name. That is unfortunate, but if you want it and your camera has a 1.5x or 1.6x crop mode, you can turn one of those on and use this lens if you like.

The price on the lens is not bad at all either. You can currently get one pre-ordered for just $599 over at B&H. I don’t know about you, but I think that is a killer deal for a fast wide angle lens. It is expected to start shipping in early March, so still a bit of a wait, but it should be worth it if you use lenses like this.

What are your thoughts on this lens? Do you see one making it into your kit? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Riley Johnson

    I’ve owned the 11-16mm and if this is anything like it, it would be a new favorite of mine. Sadly I don’t have the 11-16mm any more because of the reason in the article: Full Frame. The 11-16mm stayed on my camera for a good few weeks before I had to take it off for a portrait shoot, but then it went right back on my D7100 until I bought my 24-70mm which needed to be on almost all the time due to bag organization.

    The 11-16mm was a great lens and I’m sure this will be as well, as long as it can control the distortion created by it’s zoom range.

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  2. Basit Zargar

    Good article.

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  3. Arnold Ziffel

    I love the build quality of Tokina lenses. Wish this one was full frame…..

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  4. Brian Stalter

    I really liked their 12-24mm f/4. Solid lens.

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  5. Orlin Nikolov

    Tokina? Naaaah…

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  6. Nick DiGiallonardo

    I used the 11-16mm Tokina and absolutely loved it. I imagine this new 11-20mm will perform just as well.

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  7. John Cavan

    I would have bought it if it was full frame, that’s a pretty nice range to have and the price is right.

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  8. Vince Arredondo

    I don’t own any Tokina Lenses and I’m starting to be curious about them…

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  9. Michael Old

    This looks very interesting. I can’t wait to see some sample images.

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  10. Steven Pellegrino

    Is there an advantage to this over the Tokina 11-16mm F/2.8? I’ve been looking at that lens over the past couple of weeks and considering renting it before I buy it. Is the ability to go to 20mm worth the extra money? This spring I’m starting a new project and need to go wider than 18mm (as wide as I have on my 18-140mm), so I’m in the market.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Well the obvious advantage is the extra 4mm of reach, until we test it out though, I can’t really say as far as IQ or anything like that.

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    • Matthew Saville

      So far the specifications on paper all seem to make it sound like a winner of a lens, Steven. And normally I don’t count chickens before they hatch, however Tokina has had a long track record of making some of the sharpest ultra-wide lenses ever. Their 12-24, 12-28, 16-28, and 11-16 are all nearly perfect performers.

      I’d say that the 11-20 will be worth it. 11-16 has always bothered me as a bit of a limited range; I might as well just grab a Rokinon 10mm f/2.8 and a Rokinon 16mm f/2.0 instead, and get way more sharpness plus 1mm extra on the wide end.

      But this 11-20 could be a good all-around landscape and astro-landscape photography lens! I’ll definitely be reviewing it, and possibly trading in my current 11-16 to own one myself!

      =Matt=

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    • Steven Pellegrino

      I’m looking forward to the reviews. I’m about 6 weeks out to making a purchase and will be renting the 11-16, so I have some time. It will definitely be used for landscape. 18mm is the widest I can go right now and it’s not enough.

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    • Michael Burnham

      4mm can make a big difference. In reality the difference between 16 and 20 on an APS-C camera is the difference between 24mm and 30mm (equivalent angle of view) which is as we all know is a lot. The extra zoom will turn it into a much better walking around street photography zoom lens instead of a dedicated Ultra-wide only lens.

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