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| p.1 #6 · Tokina 300mm f2.8 AT-X Pro experience/users? |
Hi. I used this lens some years back, but quite extensively, so I will try to help. It is a typical Tokina lens in many regards; it has great build quality, capable of high levels of detail (reference: 12MP), rendering slightly cooler colours, and it's only really issue being CA. The CA is marginal, but perhaps an issue depending upon subjects, although generally quite easy to remove. In my use (wildlife, natural, outdoors) I never found CA to be an issue. But it is there, so be prepared for it. I found auto-focus good for this time of lens, but not lighting fast... I was able to track large birds in the sky with it without much trouble (only problem being my technical abilities). It had a slip-engage (can't think of the real jargon) AF ring, so on my camera you could easily tap the AF/MF button on the camera, pre-focus in manual on the ring, and then re-engage AF to tidy up. That worked very well, and was one of the main reasons I enjoyed using the lens.
One thing that did bother me, and something you don't really read in the reviews is the weight of the elements on the AF mechanism. If pointing upwards (say above 60 degrees) the mechanism would really struggle to move, and would make a really clunky noise trying to focus... not so nice. But this was on small occasions when birds would pass right above me, so probably not an issue for yourself.
It's a really nice piece of kit, very solid, comes with a nice case too.