Tokina Opera 16-28mm f/2.8 FF review

Add drama to wide-angle shooting with the second of Tokina’s new Opera lenses

Digital Camera World Verdict

This second lens in the Opera line-up has a robust build and delivers very good image quality, but it’s not a dramatic improvement over Tokina’s older ATX 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro lens. The latest competing Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 Art and Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 G2 zooms perform better, but the Tokina is only about half the price to buy.


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    Fast f/2.8 aperture

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    Excellent centre-sharpness

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    Great value at the price


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    Autofocus is neither rapid nor silent

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    Corner-sharpness could be better

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    No filter attachment thread

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Tokina has focused most of its attention on wide-angle lenses over the years, earning a good reputation in this sector of the market. Surprisingly, then, the first lens in the new series of Opera lenses was a Tokina Opera 50mm f/1.4 prime, but the second is a direct replacement for the popular ATX 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro wide-angle zoom for full-frame Canon and Nikon SLRs.

Tokina says the design ethic behind Opera lenses is that they’re ideally matched to the latest high-end, high-resolution SLRs, inspiring photographers to create ‘works of art’. As such the new 16-28mm is aimed squarely at enthusiast photographers, with Tokina’s typically sturdy and robust build quality, along with a fast and constant f/2.8 aperture rating. The metal mounting plate is weather-sealed and the bulbous front element is protected by a permanently fixed petal-shaped hood.

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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! 

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