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Tokina 24-200mm AT-X 242 AF

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Review Date: Jan 29, 2006 Recommend? no | Price paid: $150.00 | Rating: 2 

 
Pros: Very useful zoom range. Well built, like most Tokinas. Smooth zoom action.
Cons:
My copy is very soft at all apertures and all focal lengths. Dynamic range is very poor, with most colors gravitating towards their primary root. Flair and ghosting can be extreme.

This lens would be great if it was good, but it simply isn't, with not even a 5X7 worth keeping. Too bad, the zoom range is unique and very useful.

If you insist on spending your money on this lens, make sure you buy from a shop that will take it back, or at least exchange it. If you're lucky and get a good copy, you got yourself a good buy. But you can just as easily end up in my shoes, with a lens that in fairness, can not even be re-sold. Total investment lost, small as it was. Will take it apart one day I'm bored, to learn more about lens construction.