The good thing about ultra-wide lenses is that they never really go out of fashion, and when you look at the Tokina Opera 16-28mm F2.8, you start wondering just why. This is a new lens that Tokina has released both for Canon and Nikon full-frame DSLR cameras and offers a maximum aperture of f/2.8, which in our opinion, is pretty great. If you do end up putting it on a crop sensor camera, you will be getting the slightly narrower, but still respectable field of view with this lens.
The lens itself is built solidly, comprising of 15 elements in 13 different groups. Needless to say, the lens is definitely looking promising. Whatever the camera you have, regardless of the mounting system, using this lens is actually one of the easiest experience that you could ask for. It is a bit heavy at 940 grams but if you do have a camera that is around the same weight, there is a nice balance.
However, you do need to know that despite being supported by an APS-C camera, it will not look good physically as those cameras are smaller. However, pair it with a full-sized body, and you will have absolutely no problems in the process.
There is no denying that this is one of the most promising lenses available in the market, it offers a fast f/2.8 aperture, and you have some of the best sharpness in the center that I have seen. If you are looking to shoot ultra-wide videos with this camera, you will have a great experience through and through, and without any issues that might come in the way. Despite some people talking about this lens is expensive, when compared with the competition, you will realize that this lens actually provides great value for the money, as well.
There are a few concerns that we would like to talk about here, though. For starters, the autofocus is not fast, and certainly not at the silent end. While the center sharpness is one of the best we have seen, the same cannot be said about the corner sharpness, and last but not the least, for some reason, the lens does not come with a filter attachment thread. Another thing that bothered us is how there is no weather sealing on this lens.
There is no denying that Tokina has done a great overall job with the Opera 16-28mm lens. Although the company has an impressive portfolio if ultra-wide lenses, this one actually takes the cake, too. There are a lot of good things we have discussed.
This lens does come with a more modern design that we first saw when the Opera 50mm f1.4 was released, however, looking at the same design language in a much versatile lens is definitely a good sight to behold.
However, as we have discussed before, there are some downsides, too. For starters, the lens comes with a slow and audible autofocus system, and on top of that, you cannot even thread a filter system on top of it. Sadly, the evident lack of weather sealing is also an issue that most people will be facing.
Surely, there are good things like the image quality being one of the best. I had an absolutely amazing time recording videos with this lens and everything came out looking wonderful, and with minimum issues, as well.
Overall, we have to say that the Tokina Opera 16-28mm F2.8 FF is definitely one of the best lenses available in the market. Whether you are shooting videos or taking pictures.