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Tokina 50-135mm f/2.8 AT-X 535 AF PRO DX

atx535prodx
Review Date: Aug 19, 2010 Recommend? | Price paid: Not Indicated

 
Pros: all that good I noted above
Cons:
focus somewhat slow; sharpness degradation noticeable at 2.8

After half a year of use, I have to admit the lens' drawbacks:
-Focus is somewhat slow. A miss in autofocus make the focus travel towards infinity and back and it takes a while. If you are shooting moving subjects or catching a moment, this often may mean a missed shot. If you are shooting still it is not critical but you want it faster...
- Although fine and acceptable, the sharpness and contrast at 2.8 is noticeably lower. You often want to shoot at F/4 for stellar results (really, stellar!).


 
Tokina 50-135mm f/2.8 AT-X 535 AF PRO DX

atx535prodx
Review Date: Sep 27, 2009 Recommend? | Price paid: $780.00

 
Pros: build quality, zoom & focus fings handling, sharpness, focus range, bokeh blur
Cons:
MFD too long (1m could be better for e.g. 50mm lens), focus limit bang sound, a bit softer at 135/2.8, AF is slow to recover if you miss the target once

Hi, got this awesome lens this week, based on FM, SLRGear, Optychne, and Photozone reviews. Many thanks to all, the recommendations are just fair!


Overall impressed with the lens. I wish it would focus closer, cause over 1m at 50mm limits the creativity a bit. In particular, my intention is to use the lens as all-round portrait.


AF is casual but fast enough, no worries here. Ofc it could be better with USM, I wish it was. I wish the IS would be there, too - at 100-135mm this quite heavy combo challenges the steadiness of handheld photography. When it comes out, it could be an ultimate one.


Nothing moves or rotates, including MF focus ring during AF. I was searching for this aspect before, and it is not covered anywhere over internet. My 5 cents then.


The field of view changes a bit with focusing - not sure if this is good or bad. Just noticed this phenomenon.


The AF buzzes a little but nothing critical. When the AF hits the limit on both close and infinity ends, it bangs the limiter quite loudly - that is more important and can be irritating at times.


Overall I feel confident and I'm looking forward to real shots!


 
Tokina 50-135mm f/2.8 AT-X 535 AF PRO DX

atx535prodx
Review Date: Sep 25, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: build quality, zoom & focus ring handling, bokeh blur, sharpness
Cons:
minimum focus distance 1m (compared to fix lens e.g. 50mm, 85mm, etc), non-removable collar (why?), a bit softer at 135mm, amplified focus limit bang

Hi, got this awesome lens this week, based on FM, SLRGear, and Optychne.pl, and Photozone reviews. Many thanks to all, the recommendations are just fair!

Overall impressed with the lens. I wish it would focus closer, cause over 1m at 50mm limits the creativity a bit. In particular, my intention is to use the lens as all-round portrait.

AF is casual but fast enough, no worries here. Ofc it could be better with USM, I wish it was. I wish the IS would be there, too - at 100-135mm this quite heavy combo challenges the steadiness of handheld photography. When it comes out, it could be an ultimate one.

Nothing moves or rotates, including MF focus ring during AF. I was searching for this aspect before, and it is not covered anywhere over internet. My 5 cents then.

The field of view changes a bit with focusing - not sure if this is good or bad. Just noticed this phenomenon.

The AF buzzes a little but nothing critical. When the AF hits the limit on both close and infinity ends, it bangs the limiter quite loudly - that is more important and can be irritating at times.

Overall I feel confident and I'm looking forward to real shots!