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03-04-2014, 03:12 AM   #1
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Tokina 80-200mm? Anyone?

Any one have any experience with this lens? I seen a few on ebay while strolling for a 70-200.I was wondering if the cheap price tag is there for a reason in image quality among other things, though the lens itself looks quite sturdy.

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03-04-2014, 04:57 AM   #2
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I don't know if that lens is in good shape for that prize...if it is. I'd buy it.(I don't have one, but I have impression that it is great lens.) look at lens reviews on our forum.
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Hello Alex, welcome to the Forum!
Tokina lenses are well-regarded, particularly the top-of-the-line AT-X series, their 'Pro' line. They are known for their durable metal construction and above-average optics. Their older K-mount lenses are mentioned often in Legacy threads.
But they don't get much mention now, since Tokina has apparently discontinued the K-mount from their lenses. Unlike Sigma and Tamron, who at least make some lenses for Pentax, Tokina does not, currently.
Until the recent change, Tokina was a viable competitor to the other 3rd party makers and has sub-contracted work (lenses, mainly) with many brands.
The reviews here; Tokina AT-X 828AF PRO 80-200mm F2.8 Lens Reviews - Tokina Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database give the 80-200mm f/2.8 AT-X high marks and my manual-focus, auto-aperture version of the same lens is very sharp and produces images that really' pop' when used properly. But, it's a heavy beast and difficult to hand hold, a monopod is really necessary for extended use.
$500-$600 USD seems fair for this lens, I believe a used A/F Tamron or older Sigma would be in that range.
I don't know anything about the eBay's lens offering, but that's my take on Tokina generally and the M/F version of the 828 AT-X.
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03-04-2014, 06:07 AM   #4
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I have that lens. I picked it up because it was priced really low, plus I'd had other Tokina lenses in the past and really liked them. As Rbefly said, it's a heavy beast due to its build quality. For that reason, I tend to use it more when I'm able to use a tripod, rather than as a walking-around lens. This is the only 80-200 f2.8 I've ever owned, so I don't know how it compares to other brands, but I've been more than happy with the image quality.

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Apart from some CA, and relatively slow AF, it's a great lens. It's a great entry in the high-end telezoom world, you'll get your money's worth.
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QuoteOriginally posted by rbefly Quote
Hello Alex, welcome to the Forum!
Tokina lenses are well-regarded, particularly the top-of-the-line AT-X series, their 'Pro' line. They are known for their durable metal construction and above-average optics. Their older K-mount lenses are mentioned often in Legacy threads.
But they don't get much mention now, since Tokina has apparently discontinued the K-mount from their lenses. Unlike Sigma and Tamron, who at least make some lenses for Pentax, Tokina does not, currently.
Until the recent change, Tokina was a viable competitor to the other 3rd party makers and has sub-contracted work (lenses, mainly) with many brands.
The reviews here; Tokina AT-X 828AF PRO 80-200mm F2.8 Lens Reviews - Tokina Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database give the 80-200mm f/2.8 AT-X high marks and my manual-focus, auto-aperture version of the same lens is very sharp and produces images that really' pop' when used properly. But, it's a heavy beast and difficult to hand hold, a monopod is really necessary for extended use.
$500-$600 USD seems fair for this lens, I believe a used A/F Tamron or older Sigma would be in that range.
I don't know anything about the eBay's lens offering, but that's my take on Tokina generally and the M/F version of the 828 AT-X.
Ron
I think the rating is exaggerated. I've never read any review describing the quality as that good. If it costs you $500-600 then it's overpriced. Better to just the tamron for that amount. I'd buy the tokina if it was $250 or so.
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