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Tokina AT-X PRO DX 11-16mm ultra-wide for Nikon $516 at J&R. In stock at end of the week.

chuckd 726 August 24, 2009 at 03:37 PM in Cameras More JR.com Deals
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This is kind of a heads up for those who have been looking for the lens. I've been trying to find one for a while and when I called J&R a little while ago the rep said they'd be getting a new shipment by the end of the week. With 14% bing and free shipping its the best deal I have seen, even beating ebay prices on grey-market stuff.
Feel free to thumbs down, but as with the Nikon 35mm the backlog for these things typically makes them a pain in the ass to locate. By the time the store page actually says 'in stock' it will already be too late, and there is no harm in preordering just in case. Just an opinion.
http://www.jr.com/tokina/pe/TOK_ATX116PRDXN/
Searching bing for Tokina 11 16mm nikon then clicking the shopping link at top brings it up.
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This is a great price on what is quite possibly the best bang for the buck UWA lens for Nikons. Probably the only better lens is the 14-24 2.8 beast from Nikon that costs almost 3x this price. These are also crazy hard to get.
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I just checked and it is OOS and $599....

Quote from chuckd View Post :
This is kind of a heads up for those who have been looking for the lens. I've been trying to find one for a while and when I called J&R a little while ago the rep said they'd be getting a new shipment by the end of the week. With 14% bing and free shipping its the best deal I have seen, even beating ebay prices on grey-market stuff.
Feel free to thumbs down, but as with the Nikon 35mm the backlog for these things typically makes them a pain in the ass to locate. By the time the store page actually says 'in stock' it will already be too late, and there is no harm in preordering just in case. Just an opinion.
http://www.jr.com/tokina/pe/TOK_ATX116PRDXN/
Searching bing for Tokina 11 16mm nikon then clicking the shopping link at top brings it up.
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Read OP's title/post again - it will be in stock at the end of the week [supposedly]. Also, 14% off $599 = $516~
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This is a great price on what is quite possibly the best bang for the buck UWA lens for Nikons. Probably the only better lens is the 14-24 2.8 beast from Nikon that costs almost 3x this price. These are also crazy hard to get.
but...those lenses are for two different cameras. The 14-24 is full frame, and would be the equivalent of approx 21-36 on a DX (D40/50/60/70/80/90/100/200/300/5000) camera (i.e. NOT very wide angle). You use a 14-24 on a D700, D3, or film in which case you wouldn't ever use the 11-16.

The lenses you'd compare this to are (in this order) the (new) Nikon 10-24mm, Nikon 12-24mm, and the older Tokina 12-24. It beats the last two without question, and arguably the first. D40/D60/D5000 users note that this won't autofocus on your body.
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I actually sold one of these locally for $575 without a receipt (it was a Japanese import), so $516 is crazy. It's an amazing lens in every way.
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Quote from artc1688 View Post :
I just checked and it is OOS and $599....
I think I pretty much covered all that; most of it in the title. I'm certainly open to criticism but at least read the post first, as I can think of no way to make it more clear. This is just the best shot at getting one of these within a month that I have seen, and at a good discount to boot. If you know of a better deal on a US lens from a real seller then please post it so I can cancel my JR order and then buy it.
It's just an option, but it seems to currently be the best one, at least at the time I called them/ posted here.
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Wow, this is an insane price on a lens that is almost never available at below retail.

For those curious about IQ, I just returned from Walt Disney World with a ton of shots with this lens. Here is my personal favorite:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2636/...2a3a9d876c.jpg [flickr.com]

Other shots I used with this lens can be seen here (look for the ones that are 11-16mm, as I used other lenses on the trip, too): http://www.flickr.com/photos/10245245@N07/
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very tempting. i have the 10.5 and the 12-24 already, so i guess i'll pass, but it's still a great price. if it wasn't a DX lens, i'd definitely grab it. thanks for the post anyway - appreciated and repped.
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Quote from ScottInCA View Post :
but...those lenses are for two different cameras. The 14-24 is full frame, and would be the equivalent of approx 21-36 on a DX (D40/50/60/70/80/90/100/200/300/5000) camera (i.e. NOT very wide angle). You use a 14-24 on a D700, D3, or film in which case you wouldn't ever use the 11-16.

The lenses you'd compare this to are (in this order) the (new) Nikon 10-24mm, Nikon 12-24mm, and the older Tokina 12-24. It beats the last two without question, and arguably the first. D40/D60/D5000 users note that this won't autofocus on your body.
The 14-24 works just fine on a DX camera, and the Tokina's field of view is cropped just the same as the 14-24 (eg the Tokina is 16.5-24mm in "35mm equivalent"). DX lenses aren't rated differently from 35mm/FX, a given focal length on a DX lens is identical to that focal length if you used a FX lens. Certainly the 14-24 is optimized, and expensive, because it works on FX, but it's the king of wide angle Nikon mounts without any question, regardless of what camera you're using it on. And 14mm is pretty darn wide even on DX.
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Quote from big mike View Post :
And 14mm is pretty darn wide even on DX.
There's a really big difference between 11mm and 14mm.

I picked up a used Tokina 12-24mm and it serves my needs just fine. If this were available back them at this price, I would have snatched it up. I may even have a "notify me when available" still active with J&R from months ago. That's how long they've been OOS there. Grab them while you can if the OP is correct about them being available this week. Resellers, don't be greedy pricks.
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This is the one thing I regret about switching from Canon to Nikon; it's a lot harder to get the good lenses!

Will probably have to pass due to lack of cash, but thanks for the heads up..
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where's the canon version?
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Quote from 1200mk View Post :
where's the canon version?
People shoot with canon? hmm
Actually I did try and look around for it since a friend of mine refuses to switch, but I couldn't find anything.
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People shoot with canon? hmm
Actually I did try and look around for it since a friend of mine refuses to switch, but I couldn't find anything.
Nice smart ass comment. I have no idea why you were incapable of finding it but here it is:

http://www.jr.com/tokina/pe/TOK_ATX116PRDXC/

If you can actually list a good set of reasons why Nikon is significantly better than Canon in every way I'll rep you. Go ahead.
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