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

atx535prodx
Review Date: Jan 12, 2009 Recommend? | Price paid: Not Indicated

 
Pros: f2.8, sharp wide open, build quality
Cons:
not for full-frame cam, focus can be an issue at low light, a bit heavy

its extremely sharp @ f.28 across focus length, except for 135mm. Sharpness is still very good @ center of 135mm. Color rendition is also good. As a Canon user, I think this lens can beat the famed 70-200/2.8 zoom lens at every focus length, though the tokina one extends only to 135mm. Smile

if you are using a crop camera, tokina's focus length is 80-216 mm equivalent to 35mm camera's angle of view. 80-216 or 70-200 mm range is mostly used for portrait photography. Canon 's focus range on a crop camera will be 112 - 320 mm which gives you more reach, but a bit too long for portraiture.

And f 2.8 stop gives you more edge for freezing moving objects and creating shallower Depth of Field and pleasing background blurriness, compared to the ones with f 4 stop.

the Tokina 50-135 mm is only used for crop camera. If used in a full frame camera, you will see lots of dark area around the edge of photo. So if you are planning to go full frame in the near future, then you may like to pick up Canon's 70-200 mm.

with this relatively heavy tele lens, it is hard but not impossible to hand hold for indoor shooting. autofocus is a bit slow and noisy, compared to HSM and USM version lenses. yet it is still reasonably fast, accurate, and consistent.


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

atx535prodx
Review Date: Jan 12, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: f2.8, sharpness wide open, build quality, price
Cons:
only for crop sensor cam, focus could be an issue under low light condition

if you are using a crop camera, tokina's focus length is 80-216 mm equivalent to 35mm camera's angle of view. 80-216 or 70-200 mm range is mostly used for portrait photography. Canon 's focus range on a crop camera will be 112 - 320 mm which gives you more reach, but a bit too long for portraiture.

And f 2.8 stop gives you more edge for freezing moving objects and creating shallower Depth of Field and pleasing background blurriness, compared to the ones with f 4 stop.

with this relatively heavy tele lens, it is hard but not impossible to hand hold for indoor shooting. autofocus is a bit slow and noisy, compared to HSM and USM version lenses. yet it is still reasonably fast, accurate, and consistent.

the other thing you need to consider is the Tokina 50-135 mm is only used for crop camera. If used in a full frame camera, you will see lots of dark area around the edge of photo. So if you are planning to go full frame in the near future, then you may like to pick up Canon's 70-200 mm.