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Tokina AT-X PRO DX 12-28 mm f/4

26 August 2013
Szymon Starczewski

11. Summary

Pros:
  • solid casing and interesting parameters,
  • very good resolution in the frame centre,
  • good image resolution on the edge of the frame at the shortest focal length,
  • spherical aberration corrected in a proper way,
  • slight astigmatism,
  • low vignetting for this class of equipment,
  • price reflects sensibly possibilities of the device.

Cons:

  • monstrous chromatic aberration,
  • weak work against bright light.

The Tokina AT-X PRO DX 12-28 mm f/4 is a lens which performance is uneven. On the one hand it can provide very good image quality in the frame centre, on the other hand its work against bright light is weak. In one category it can be the best in its class (vignetting) in the other – the worst (chromatic aberration). It is difficult to assess it unambiguously.

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It is important, though, that its overall assessment, especially when compared to that of its 12-24 mm predecessor, is a bit better. If you get a slightly better performance and additional 4 mm of the focal range for the same price you shouldn’t complain too much. Especially that the Tokina 12-28 mm compares favourably to its rivals as well – of course apart from that chromatic aberration result which Tokina optics specialists don’t know (don’t want to?) how to correct…