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12-25-2017, 06:13 AM   #1
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Tokina AF 70-210 / 4.5

whether someone compared the Tokino AF 70-210 / 4.5 with the Pentax F 70-210 / 4-5.6, the internal focus looks very nice, and the
equal / same blend in the whole range is equally tempting, the price is lower than the Pentax, whether it was who used this lens on the ff body


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I have used this lens rather extensively on a Pentax K-3ii body extensively, and briefly on a Pentax K-1, and from my experience the lens is perfectly adequate for use on a full frame body as long as the user is aware of the limitations of the lens. I'll break it down into pros and cons:
Pros:
1) Incredibly fast focus, out of all the lenses I own, only the Pentax 24-70mm f2.8, Pentax 70-200mm f2.8 and Tamron 300mm f2.8 focus faster.

2) The build quality on the lens is first rate, the lens is entirely made of metal on the exterior, and very durable, which I found out after watching it roll own a hill 100m and come out full functioning minus a dented filter ring, in addition the internal zoom characteristics of the lens make it a joy to use in the field.

3) The lens is sharp, perfectly usable at 70-135mm @ f4.5, and at f5 towards the 200mm end. Whilst this might sound a little disappointing, the extra aperture at the long end make the viewfinder that much more enjoyable over a f5.6 class lens.
Cons:
1) The lens does suffer from an average amount of aberrations, but nothing that is not fixable in post.

2) Unfortunately, the focus ring on this lens is subpar, as it is completely smooth metal with no grip. As a workaround, I would add some high quality gaffers tape to the focusing ring in order to add grip to it.

3) Last but not least, finding the OEM lens hood for the lens is virtually impossible, so using an after market lens hood is a must. I would recommend finding a deep rubber lens hood of the 55mm filter variety to shade the front element from flare, as the lens does suffer from it under sunny conditions.

All in all, I believe that this lens would fit in well with your current lens lineup, as long as you are willing to work with the lens to extract the best from it, as it is certainly a step up from entry level lens in all regards.
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