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09-23-2008, 01:26 PM   #1
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Any experience with the Tokina AT-X line?

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Was at the local shop over lunch and they had a K-mount Tokina AT-X 28-85 f/3.5 - 4.5 manual zoom. Exceptional build quality, large, heavy front element... The guy there said that AT-X was Tokina's flagship lens line for Nikon, and he raved about it.

Anyone use one of these, or know anything about them, good or bad?


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09-23-2008, 01:32 PM   #2
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Never used one, some say these have some of the design feel of the time - ie. sharpness / contrast but not so good bokeh. But what do I know?

Anyway, you might like this ad from '85:

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QuoteOriginally posted by jsherman999 Quote
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Was at the local shop over lunch and they had a K-mount Tokina AT-X 28-85 f/3.5 - 4.5 manual zoom. Exceptional build quality, large, heavy front element... The guy there said that AT-X was Tokina's flagship lens line for Nikon, and he raved about it.

Anyone use one of these, or know anything about them, good or bad?
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The AT-X line is indeed Tokina's flagship line, equivalent to the Pentax */LTD or Canon L stuff. I own the AT-X 20-35mm (the desirable early version) and 400mm (the desirable latest "SD" version) lenses. These lenses are ruggedly built of metal and glass.

I don't use the 20-35 much but I really like the 400, it's compact and easy to carry. Pictures are sharp, the colors pleasing. I would describe the image rendering as "light but contrasty", in other words very Pentax-like. I've never used the zoom you've described, but I would expect it to have similar performance.
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I owned Tokina ATX SD 300mm/2.8 - a gem in sharpness and overall IQ. All the ATX Tokinas with red fringe ona barrel are known to be really good lenses.

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Hi J,

I am a big fan of the older Tokina AT-X line of lenses. I had the lens you mention and can attest to its great build and smoothness of function. I actually sold it some months ago to a forum member after I upgraded to another Tokina, the 28-70mm f/2.8-4.3. I also had the AT-X 35-70mm f/2.8 which was my low-light zoom until I purchased the Tammy 28-75. I still miss it. There is no other lens I've had that exhibited such a buttery focus ring. I still own the 28-70mm f/2.8-4.3, which while not designated as AT-X has the same build and optical properties.

I've found these lenses contrasty and colourful, as well as fricking sharp wide open, and they're the reason I stopped shooting with the kit lens. When I went to New York for two days over the Summer it was the 28-70mm f/2.8-4.3 I took as a walk-around, not the DA 18-55. Here's a pic:


The Sky Threatens

If you might be interested in purchasing it, I might be interested in selling it. I have more pics at home I can share if you want to see them.

By the way, I printed that pic to 18x22.5 and it looks awesome.

Here's another one I've got on Flickr:


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09-23-2008, 05:46 PM   #6
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I have posted a review of the Series one AT-X 80-400 in the other brands lens reviews on this site. I like it and it does what I need for that length. Search and you will see some examples on another thread where some one asked me specifically about this lens.
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I have the Tokina AT-X 400 f/5.6 SD (latest version) and love it. It can have a little PF but nothing I can't take out with a little PP'ing. If there other AT-X glass is as good I wouldn't hesitate to pick it up


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I own the Tokina AT-X pro 28-70/2.6-2.8 II and i have to say, this is one of my favorite lenses! Although its a bit long on the short end on crop cameras i use it a lot. I use it in combination with the DA 12-24/4 and they both together give an excellent set for a sightseeing trip in the city.

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There's one photographer than uses an 80-500 AT-X on his Nikon for motorsport shooting.
It is a pretty decent lens ... his images are of excellent quality and he swears by it.

I agree as well ... his images are awesome.
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