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Tokina AT-X 11-20mm F/2.8 Lens Officially Announced

By Anthony Thurston on December 24th 2014

Tokina announced a new 11-20mm F/2.8 Pro DX lens today. The lens is one of two prototype units that they teased us with at Photokina, and now the lens has been made official.

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Just to get this part out of the way, this is a DX lens, meaning it is for APS-C sized sensors or smaller (Sorry, all you Full Framers). According to Tokina, this lens is meant to replace the older 11-16mm F/2.8. The new Tokina AT-X 11-20mm F/2.8 will be available in Nikon and Canon mounts.

According to the release, the Tokina AT-X 11-20mm F/2.8 will begin shipping in Japan in February for 100,000 Yen, or roughly $800 (US Price has not been officially announced yet). Since the lens has not be officially announced for the US market yet, we don’t have any pre-order links for those of you interested, but stay tuned and we will update you once they are available.

Personally, I love the idea of an 11-20mm F/2.8. It will probably be a great lens for landscapes, events, even night sky imagery. I am more curious what you all think though.

Are you interested in this new Tokina lens? Does the fact that it is for crop sensors only kill it for you? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

[via Photo Rumors]

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.

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  1. Jesper Ek

    Lovely for my outdoor activities!

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  2. Graham Curran

    Shame it’s cropped sensor format. I’d love something like this for my FF.

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    • Matthew Saville

      Graham,

      Everybody says things like this, but the reality is, “something like this for my FF” already exists – the Tokina 17-35mm f/4, if you care more about weight and price than you do about max aperture, or the Tokina 16-28, if you care more about max aperture, but are OK with a gigantic beast of a lens.

      There is no cake (yet) that you can have and eat too. The reason the Tokina 11-20 is so small and affordable yet still f/2.8 is, of course, because it’s a crop-sensor lens.

      Personally, if I were getting something for my FX body, it’d be the Tokina 17-35 f/4, because it’s so dang cheap, sharp as heck, and about as light as this bad boy. And at ~17mm, I’m happy to forfeit that stop of light compared to f/2.8 if it means my camera will weigh almost a pound less…

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  3. Dave Haynie

    Some years back, I might have picked this instead of the Tamron AF 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5. But having moved most of my stuff over to full frame, I gave that lens to my niece, and replaced with the a Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG HSM II… not ideal in the dark, but that’s what primes are for anyway. Or tripods :-) Also, at nearly 25lbs, I’m not sure the Canon kit needs to have too many f/2.8 zooms in it. And I’m always suspicious of a lens that overpromises.

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  4. Dave Smith

    I wish this would have come out earlier, before I replaced my stolen Nikon 10-20.

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  5. William Emmett

    Most of the time UWA lenses are shot from a tripod, or at the very least a mono-pod, for scenery, a f2.8 fast lens is rarely needed. A simple adjustment of the ISO will accomplish the desired effect. Bumping the ISO up is not a problem on any of the newer camera bodies. Unless your taking a shot of ablack cat in a coal bin at midnight on a moonless night, either of the Canon EF-S 10-18mm, or 10-22mm lenses should do the trick. Don’t forget Tamron, and Sigma also have entries in this soup too. Unless Tokina’s new entry is made of really stellar glass, and weather sealed, it will be only just as good as its existing model.

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    • Matthew Saville

      I’d argue that your “at midnight on a moonless night” joke is becoming more and more common, though. I shoot astro-landscapes on a Tokina 11-16 on a D5300, and I’m thankful for f/2.8 every time I take that kit out into the wilderness at night. Especially with APS-C, every stop of light matters. An f/2.8 ultra-wide is competing for roughly the same ISO quality as an f/4 full-frame ultra-wide, keep in mind. ;-)

      For the folks who don’t need f/2.8, there’s plenty of other options, indeed. Nikon’s 10-24 is great, Canon’s 10-22 is great, and Tokina’s 12-28 f/4 is phenomenal with an incredible zoom range. But I’m still excited to see that at least SOMEONE is working on f/2.8 ultra-wides for APS-C.

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  6. William Emmett

    It seems to me this market has been exhausted in the realm of Canon. Do we need another UWA lens in this range?

    WE

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    • Nick Viton

      You know of other UWA glass in the 11-20mm range that’s also 2.8 fast?

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    • Matthew Saville

      William, as Nick points out, there is a grand total of zero other ultra-wide f/2.8 zooms for Canon’s EF-S mount, aside from the existing Tokina 11-16.

      In other words, this range is only exhausted if you’re OK with variable aperture or f/4 zooms. Which, admittedly, many people are. But all in all, I’d say this is a highly welcomed lens.

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  7. Richard Bremer

    I’m really looking forward to a review on this lens. I own a Tokina 11-16 f2.8 and love it. Those extra 4mm might be usefull in some situations. Hopefully, sharpness and contrast will be better then with the old 11-16. Especially wide open.

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    • Dave Smith

      The only reason I originally didn’t go with the 11-16 was those extra 4mm and they do come in handy.

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  8. Matthew Saville

    It will all come down to two or three things for me, as a DX-loving adventure photographer:

    1.) How much sharper is it than the 11-16, at both 11mm and 16-20mm? Does it have any field curvature, or weird focusing issues due to the clutch mechanism? (I swear that sometimes my 11-16 is flawlessly sharp, and yet at other times has weird sharpness issues / field curvature, and I suspect that the glass elements aren’t always aligned perfectly due to the wiggly-ness of the focus clutch mechanism. I could be wrong though)

    2.) How much heavier is it than the 11-16? (allegedly, 560g instead of 550g; not bad!)

    3.) Will I be able to buy them refurbished for ~$400 sooner than later? :-D

    4.) What full-frame focal range will this lens be usable at? (the previous 11-16 has no vignetting at 16mm, but very soft corners)

    The whole reason I opted for a lens like this in the first place was because there is simply no other lens on the market, full-frame or crop, that can get me to this focal range at this weight and cost. The nearest f/2.8 full-frame lenses are either horribly soft or extremely heavy and expensive. I prefer to pack light and cheap. You might call me a wimp, but in reality I wind up lugging the same amount of gear up a hill, I just do it by carrying more cameras! In other words, I can carry TWO of these lenses instead of one Nikon 14-24 or Tamron 15-30, and that means I can create more timelapse footage in a single night. That’s a huge deal.

    While all the folks out there are clamoring for full-frame, APS-C has silently snuck up very close behind it and (in my opinion) started having cake and eating it too. This may not be as noticeable on the Canon side of things, due to the noticeable lack of DR in *all* Canon cameras, but on the Nikon side of things, the 24 MP DX sensor has been killing it. Perfected in the D5300 and D3300, (the D7100 had a little bit of faint shadow banding, and worse ISO performance) …these ultra-light DSLRs epitomize what it means to have a killer travel / landscape camera in an extremely affordable, ultra-light package.

    =Matt=

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  9. Nick Viton

    I love my Toki 11-16 2.8. This new one is sure to be great.

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    • Rafael Steffen

      I would love to try this lens. I hope I can find someone that has this lens to try it out.

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  10. Greg Silver

    Lens looks fantastic – too bad no Sony e-mount version!

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  11. Steven Pellegrino

    I can see this one my D7100.

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  12. Brandon Dewey

    to bad its not a full framed lens

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