The type of photography that you are planning to use is an important decision factor. Here we have evaluated the Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 DX II and the Rokinon 14mm f2.8 for their suitability to various photography scenarios:
Size and Weight Comparison
The size of a lens is an important deciding factor when comparing two lenses. Rokinon 14mm f2.8 is the longer of the two lenses at 96mm. The Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 DX II with a length of 89mm, is 7mm shorter. Besides being longer, the Rokinon 14mm f2.8 also has a larger diameter of 87mm compared to the Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 DX II's 84mm diameter.
The weight of a lens is as important as its external dimensions, especially if you are planning to hand hold your camera and lens combination for longer periods. Rokinon 14mm f2.8 weighs 552g, 1% (8g) lighter than the Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 DX II's weight of 560g.
Both the Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 DX II and the Rokinon 14mm f2.8 has the same Canon EF lens mount. Some of the latest released cameras that are compatible with the Canon EF lenses are Canon T8i, Canon 90D and Canon SL3.
Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 DX II is also available in Nikon F (DX) and Sony Alpha mounts.
Rokinon 14mm f2.8 is also available in Nikon F (FX) , Four Thirds, Pentax KAF, Sony Alpha and Samsung NX mounts.
Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 DX II has a focal range of 11-16mm and 1.5X zoom ratio which has an effective (full-frame 35mm equivalent) focal range of 17.6-25.6mm when used on a APS-C / DX format camera. Rokinon 14mm f2.8 is a prime lens with fixed focal lenght of 14mm. When it is mounted on an APS-C sensor camera with 1.6x crop, it provides a 35mm (FF) equivalent of 22.4mm.