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10-09-2009, 10:11 AM   #16
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Has anybody here any experience with Tokina ATX PRO 80-200/2.8?
I have read couple of reviews on it on the net, mostly good. Everybody seems to like the build of the lens. I just wonder how does it compare to Sigma 70-200/2.8, Tamron 70-200/2.8 and DA*50-135/2.8???
any info will be usefull,
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I recently bought a used one for about $400, but it's at Tokina right now getting fixed (didn't consistently report focal length data to the camera body). Seller did refund me some money due to the cost of repairs - he wasn't aware of the problem when he sold the lens.

Other people's reviews of the Tokina AT-X Pro 80-200 f2.8 AF lens indicate it can be soft, especially at f2.8 at the long end of the zoom. The build quality is excellent.

One design aspect of at least some (if not all Pentax mount) versions of the Tokina that is a different than the current Tamron and Sigma lenses is the hood. It's a 77mm metal screw in-hood, so if you use filters, you'll need to make sure they have front threads (not all polarizers do for instance). One advantage to this I guess is that you can rotate the hood to orient the polarizer. Inside the hood there is also a smaller (I think 72mm) threaded mount for putting a filter there, but I'm not sure why someone would use that over (or with) the 77mm end of lens threading. Since the hood is threaded, taking it off and putting it on is more involved than the bayonet-style hoods (and you'll need a piece of cloth or bubble wrap between the inverted hood and lens when you store it to keep them from scratching each other). There is at least a later Nikon version of the Tokina lens I've seen pictures of that does have a bayonet petal hood instead.

When I get my lens back, I'll be putting it through it's paces, but my only point of direct comparison will be my Tamron 70-300 LD Di.

10-09-2009, 10:18 AM   #17
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QuoteOriginally posted by axl Quote
Has anybody here any experience with Tokina ATX PRO 80-200/2.8?
I have read couple of reviews on it on the net, mostly good. Everybody seems to like the build of the lens. I just wonder how does it compare to Sigma 70-200/2.8, Tamron 70-200/2.8 and DA*50-135/2.8???
any info will be usefull,
thanks

Peter
Hi. The ATX 80-200 f2.8 is quite a performer. However, as regards to the autofocus I think its at par with tamron. Wide open is not as sharp as the 50-135 and still acceptable and good for portraits. I find that @ f4 its really sharp! its very well buit and not as big as the sigma and tamron. Plus its cheaper than the tamron and sigma. I saw one in singpore or hongkong selling it for $500 brand new. Too bad I forgot the name of the shop.


By the way, I have the AT-X 80-400. Its a performer! But the autofocus is quite slow on my pentax IST DL. But on K20D, the autofocus is fast!
10-09-2009, 02:06 PM   #18
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thanks for that guys,
I've seen ATX 80-200/2.8 in mint condition for 325. Great price for the state and category.
But I have DA*50-135, so I'll have to think.

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Some may prefer the 70-200 f2.8. I prefer it more than the 50-135 coz of the range only. Good luck.

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QuoteOriginally posted by dycz Quote
Some may prefer the 70-200 f2.8. I prefer it more than the 50-135 coz of the range only. Good luck.
I find 50-135 great for people (streets, portraits etc) but it's just tad short for many other applications...
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Hi!I have an RMC Tokina 400mm 1:5.6 lens and a Pentax istD L camera.It doesn't work with that body,for my sorry...or maybe I'm wrong...If anyone is familiar with that lens,please help me.Thanks.
10-16-2009, 08:53 AM   #22
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Hi!I have an RMC Tokina 400mm 1:5.6 lens and a Pentax istD L camera.It doesn't work with that body,for my sorry...or maybe I'm wrong...If anyone is familiar with that lens,please help me.Thanks.
In what way it desn't work?
Any K mount lens on Pentax DSLR should work *

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* some older lenses need to use stop downn metering, but they still work and deliver great shots
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QuoteOriginally posted by axl Quote
In what way it desn't work?
Any K mount lens on Pentax DSLR should work *

BR
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* some older lenses need to use stop downn metering, but they still work and deliver great shots
Anyway,thanks,but I sold it today for 50 euros.I'm still looking for a good teleobjectiv[read:cheap]...400mm or 500mm...

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