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Tokina 80-200mm f/2.8 AT-X 828 AF PRO

atx828afpro
Review Date: Sep 7, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Cheap, excellent bokeh, usable between f/2.8-f/4, balanced weight on a 7d/5dc body.
Cons:
Extremely slow and noisy AF (slowest I have used), prominent CAs.

I bought this as I rarely use telephoto to justify the cost of the Sigma/Tamron/Canon, but wanted a f/2.8 for the blur/background.

The lens is soft wide open, but usable for portraits, particularly with its wonderful bokeh (9 somewhat rounded blades). There is a significant improvement from f/2.8 to f/3.2. CAs are very prominent until f/4, but this should be somewhat correctable in PP. Obviously, the only reason to get this lens is to primarily use it between f/2.8-f/4 and in this department the lens is above average, but less than very good.

By far the biggest issue with this lens is the AF. Its very slow (takes about 3 secs for focus from min to infinity), makes a grinding noise and feels like it might stop working anytime. For panning, this is not an issue, but if you have objects coming towards you or leaving from you, then it becomes unusable.

The lens feels very balanced on my 7d/5dc, and is more weight balanced (and comfortable to use) than the 70-200 f/4 IS that I had before.

Mine has a hood with a bayonet mount, but it appears that this was also made with a screw mount for the hood.

Like most lenses, you get what you paid for. If you have the money, plan on using such a lens on a regular basis, or if you do sports, you must aim at least for the Sigma HSM or the Canon 70-200 models if you can afford it. Unless you can bag this lens around 350$ (2011 $), I don't think it is worth it.

Sample pictures:

http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/2547970734/invite/515717D8366447139B796D4820B20EC3

http://www.flickr.com//photos/vvume/sets/72157627534908394/show/