Tokina atx-m 11-18mm F2.8 E review

The Tokina atx-m 11-18mm F2.8 E is an ideal wide-angle, fast-aperture zoom for Sony APS-C format mirrorless cameras

Tokina atx-m 11-18mm F2.8 E
(Image: © Matthew Richards)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Compact and lightweight for a wide-angle zoom with a fast and constant f/2.8 aperture, the Tokina feels right at home on Sony’s svelte APS-C format mirrorless bodies. The little lens goes large on performance, however, with fast and virtually silent autofocus and impressive image quality throughout its zoom range. Handling is refined and, all things considered, the lens is great value at the price.


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    Wide maximum viewing angle

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    Constant f/2.8 aperture

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    Compact and lightweight


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    Fairly limited overall zoom range

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    Not weather-sealed

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The Tokina atx-m 11-18mm F2.8 E harks back to the company’s 11-16mm f/2.8 lens for DSLRs, which was one of the very first ultra-wide-angle zooms to hit the market for APS-C format digital cameras. It’s actually still available today as a refreshed ‘atx-i 11-16mm F2.8 CF’ edition. The E-mount 11-18mm lens represents a new design for Sony APS-C format mirrorless cameras, with a slightly bigger zoom range while retaining the same fast and constant f/2.8 aperture rating.


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 

In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.