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Tokina 24-200mm AT-X 242 AF

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Review Date: Feb 26, 2006 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated

 
Pros: Potentially good, very usefull zoom range
Cons:
Soft, lacks contrast, slow autofocus, lack of manual overide on focus,

I bought this lens after reading the reviews on this site, it received better rating than the Canon 28-200, so I took the chance. It was supposed to be a reliable back up lens and something that I could leave on my camera that covered a different zoom range than the L series lenses that I rely on, something to put on my camera while on walks my newborn son.
Unfortunately it is a really bad lens. It is soft, except at 200-mm F.8+, it focuses way to slowly, if you want to manual focus-which is for me the most useful test-it has a sloppy felling and a horrible ratio on the focus ring.
I really wanted this lens to be better than it is. I had very pleasant experiences with a 2.8 Tokina zoom in the early nineties and took the chance with this lens, based on that experience. I am disappointed.
I might be spoilt by the L series lenses that I use daily, but I believe that if you are not running a lens wide open then image quality should be pretty much standard. Yes there is a sacrifice in speed of focus but I don't believe that anyone should be sold a lens that doesn't encourage them to take photos.
This lens doesn't encourage me to take photos. I am returning it to the dealer, it has no place on my camera or in my camera bag.