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Offline Akshay Jamwal

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Anyone use Tokina lenses?
« on: August 23, 2005, 02:42:35 AM »
Self explanatory question :P.

I'm feeling a little too lazy to look for reviews and start comparing them. Plus, I think the members on this forum are a little less biased than some of those review writers.

Eg. "If you compare the MTF of the Tokina X-Zmm/fsomethinstop with the Nikon/Canon X-Zmm/fsomethingstop, you'll see that the Nikon/Canon has a better curve!! What's more, the Nikon/Canon sucks more than the Canon/Nikon!!"

Yeah, so most of them aren't that bad, but I'm just curious.

So, does anyone use any Tokina lenses here? I've heard good and bad things about them, but that can probably be said about any lens manufacturer.
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« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2005, 07:15:22 AM »
I have the Tokina 80-200 2.8 atx pro. That thing is sharp and  relatively fast but it is so heavy its made out of recycled tanks I think.

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« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2005, 08:32:43 PM »
Used to have a Tok 28-80/2.8 AT-X Pro on Canon film/digital.  Loved it.  

Also used to have the Tok 17/3.5 AT-X ... liked it, very bendy though.

Flare - oh yeah, they are flarey lenses in tough light.  More than others.

Build - "built like a tank".  I challenge you to find a review site that doesn't have that written somewhere.

http://www.fredmiranda.com < good place to read collection of lens reviews.  

Oh and:  http://www.vividoptic.com/Links/reviews-specific.htm of course

The Tok 24-200 has interested me for a long time.  I am amazed that I have managed to not buy this one!

Offline Akshay Jamwal

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« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2005, 11:27:57 AM »
Thanks guys. I'm considering the 80-400mm

Quote from: Ronin
I have the Tokina 80-200 2.8


That's the one I'm looking at as well. It's cheaper than KMs 80-200mm/2.8. I don't plan to use it on the field a whole lot, just in the studio and mostly for portraits.
From what I'm seeing in most places, the Tokina is about 1/3rd of the cost of the KM lens.

Should I go for it or should I just wait a while and buy the KM glass?

dcap, what'd you mean when you said 'very bendy'? Barrel distortion?

Thanks for the links.
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« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2005, 12:29:04 PM »
I have had to build a custom bracket so i can use it with a VC7D and my manfrotto stuff.

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« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2005, 06:07:24 PM »
Could you elaborate, Ronin? I have a VC-7D as well, and a Manfrotto 029 pan and tilt head.
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« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2005, 07:55:18 PM »
Ok the manfrotto head I have the most problems with is the joystick (GRIP ACTION BALL HEAD 322RC2)

http://www.manfrotto.de/product/templates/templates.php3?sectionid=8&itemid=2013


The space between the thumb release and the vc7d is too small to operate the quick release so I extend the gap a little.




sorry its been 1 bottle of red wine since i started this answer

Offline Akshay Jamwal

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« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2005, 08:16:20 PM »
Thanks a lot, buddy.
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« Reply #8 on: August 26, 2005, 08:50:19 AM »
Ffordes have a Tokina 300mm F4 ATX for 259 pounds anyone know anything about the quality of this lens.

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« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2005, 08:37:04 PM »
Quote from: Ronin
Ffordes have a Tokina 300mm F4 ATX for 259 pounds anyone know anything about the quality of this lens.


I asked them if this would work on the 7D.  They said no.  And I know once I'd revealed where I'd seen a Tok 300/4 that other people in other forums also asked ffordes the same Q.

Personally - it put me off the lens.  I was about to buy it.  Very pleased I went the 200/2.8 instead.  

It may be worth asking ffordes is they would l;et you buy/try and send back if it doesn't work. although I think someone did ask them this and they weren't very willing (clearly didn't do it the lens is still there).

It has been there for at least 6 months.  And used to be priced up at £295, now slid to 259 .... last time I looked.

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« Reply #10 on: August 28, 2005, 02:12:34 AM »
I have been very happy with my 28-70/2.8 ATX Pro. It seems on a lot of other forums, you don't hear too much about Tokina. It IS built like a tank, and to be honest... that's the way I like it.