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Tokina AT-X SD 80-200mm f2.8

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Tokina AT-X SD 80-200mm f2.8

Tokina AT-X SD 80-200mm f2.8
Tokina AT-X SD 80-200mm f2.8

The ATX designated lenses are the "pro" tokina lenses, this is one of the original manual focus "ATX's". These include the 60-120mm f2.8, the 28-135mm f4-4.6, the 28-85mm f3.5-4.5, the 35-200mm f3.5-4.5, the 50-250mm f4-5.6, this lens the SD 80-200mm f2.8, the SD 100-300mm f4, and the SD 150-500mm f5.6.
Detachable tripod mount, and normally comes with large hood (metal screw on or plastic clip on) that inverts for storage.
Can be found in the mounts of the era, for pentax normally PKA.

Focal length: 80mm ~ 200mm
Maximum aperture: f/2.8
Minimum aperture: f/32
Optical construction: 17 elements in 11 groups
SD glass: One element
Coatings: Multi-layer
Angle of view: 3020'-1220'
Minimum focus distance: 1.8m
Focusing system: Internal focusing system
Zooming system: Rotary type
Filter size: 77mm (lens); 72mm (hood inverted)
Maximum outer diameter: 84mm (3.3" )
Overall length: 184mm (7.2" )
Weight: 1,350g (47.2oz)
Mount Type: Pentax KA
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Registered: March, 2011
Location: Ontario
Posts: 65
Lens Review Date: April 16, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $275.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Wel built, great rendition, sharp
Cons: tripod mount too compact (very minor complaint)
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: MAny   

Very sharp from F4. Stays in focus throughout the zoom range. Quick handling and built like a tank. I have not a lot bad to say about this lens (mine), but my buddy had one in Minolta mount and it was just not as good, so there can be some variance. Even still, his was a nice lens. The constant aperture is not a big deal these days, but back in the days of transparencies and manual exposure it was a godsend. Has a small amount of colour fringing with very high contrast out of focus image elements, but nothing to worry much about. Great value!
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Registered: July, 2007
Location: Jonesboro, GA
Posts: 1,896
Lens Review Date: May 23, 2013 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $300.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Build quality, smooth focus/zoom, optical quality
Cons: Heavy! but that's a consequence of build quality, difficult to use tripod mount*
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 7    Value: 8   

This is a good lens! Genuine old school, all metal construction, even the lens hood, at least with my example. Even came with a metal screw in lens cap. It is heavy; I'm not happy carrying it mounted on my K5 just with the camera neck strap. While the front element does rotate with focusing, the screw in hood, if mounted to a polarizer, at least let's one adjust a polarizer, if mounted. Not ideal, but it seems that only the Pentax hood portal has addressed this problem.

I've not conducted any systematic "tests" but in general use it seems quite sharp. Hand held shots at my granddaughter's dance recital were sharp at 1:1 in Lightroom, but the DoF is really shallow! The K5's focus confirmation works just fine. Some shots at the Atlanta zoo were really sharp.df

*At least with my K5, battery grip mounted and the Manfrotto rectangular quick release tripod use is a real problem. The close proximity of the lens' tripod mount to the lens mount to the K5 means that the quick release interfers with the battery grip. I've found it necessary to remove the battery grip to mount the lens/camera on my tripod. I'll have to get some heavy bar stock to fashion an extension so that the tripod can be attached forward of the lens' tripod mount.
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Registered: April, 2011
Location: San Diego
Posts: 883
Lens Review Date: April 26, 2011 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $350.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: build, sharp, fast
Cons: contrast, CA in high contrast
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 7    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 8    Value: 9   

a great lens, considering its half the price of an AF alternative. Gets me decent pictures when I do use it. built like a tank and with an IQ to match. The front element rotates, so that might be bad for people who use polarizers. The lens hood is the only cheap feeling thing about this lens, everything else is solid metal. there are some issues with contrast wide-open on extreme zoom settings, easily fixed in PP however. Same goes for CA, the few extra seconds i spend in PP is totally worth it =)

overall, a great lens if you dont mind the lack of AF
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Registered: February, 2007
Location: Toronto
Posts: 1,712
Lens Review Date: December 8, 2009 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $300.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Sharpness, f2.8, Tripod Mount, well built.
Cons: Some PF, contrast can be better at 200mm

Its about the most affordable f2.8 telephoto zoom you can get without breaking the bank.

The tokina is a beast of a lens with its all metal build and 77mm filter size. Push pull maybe your thing, maybe not your thing but is more necessitated by manual focus i think. 3 Actions in one hand movement. (focus, zoom, support)

Takes great photos, really sharp. Only complaints are contrast at the tele-end wide open, some PF and wishing that it could focus closer.

Registered: January, 2009
Location: Springe
Posts: 2,814
Lens Review Date: November 1, 2009 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $280.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Build quality, fast, sharp, tripod mount
Cons: contrast at f=2.8

I own the old "no A-setting" version and I use it mainly to shot sport events.
It's a very solid (and quite heavy) piece of equipment, quite usable already wide open and very good from f=4 on. For a long shooting day I recommend using a monopod, but it is also well balanced for handheld shots with my K200D & grip.

Excellent value for money!
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