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Tokina 24-200mm AT-X 242 AF

Review Date: Apr 14, 2005 Recommend? | Price paid: Not Indicated


After having used this lens for eight months, it started giving "err99" on my Canon 300D, when stopped down. The problem continued when I upgraded to the Canon 20D - even locked up the camera when the camera was set on full manual mode.

Tokina 24-200mm AT-X 242 AF

Review Date: Feb 22, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $350.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Optical quality, build, zoom range, price

An excellent walkaround lens with its 24-200 coverage. For a family man, this is a great lens to leave on the camera and to take on family outings without the hassle of changing lenses in the field. Images are sharp and contrasty, autofocus is reasonably fast.

In spite of its 8x zoom ratio, quality of images is comparable to a 3.5x zoom ratio lens.

A bit chunky with the Canon 300D, but with a larger camera, gives much better balance. Solid metal construction, gives a very good feel.

The only real complaint I have is that there seems to be some 'play' when fitted to my Canon 300D.

All in all, a very useful lens to have, and very good value for money. If you are looking for a good quality large zoom ratio lens, this is the one to have - within its category, this lens would rate as excellent.

Tokina 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 AT-X 840 AF-II

Review Date: Feb 22, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $350.00 | Rating: 6 

Pros: Size and built
CA, rotating front element, non-removeable tripod collar

A compact lens for the range coverage - likely to be in your bag rather than in your cupboard. Very good metallic build. The real disappointment is the CA which is very evident at the telephoto end.

All-in-all, reasonable value for money. Not recommended for purists, but for enthusiasts - yes!