Tokina 35-200mm F4-5.6 Zoom SD AF A-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 10   
reviewer#39951 date: Oct-7-2017
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony DT 18-200 F3.5-6.3
Tamron 18-250 F3.5-6.3
Minolta AF 28-135 F4-4.5
Sigma AF 35-135 F3.5-4.5
Minolta AF 35-200 Xi F4.5-5.6
Minolta MD 50-135 F3.5
Sony DT 55-200 F4-5.6 SAM
Minolta AF 70-210 F4
Minolta AF 70-210 F3.5-4.5
Minolta AF 70-210 F4.5-5.6 I/II
price paid:10 USD (used)
positive:Zoom range
Flat focus plane on wide end
Direct focus and zoom
No zoom creep
negative:Size and weight
Non-existent focus grip
Green color cast
Dark at the long end (~F6.3)
Rotating and extending front element/filter
comment:I have tried three of these lenses from $20 to $10. My local camera store had been trying to sell this copy for $70 for a few years. It is very clean and the zoom and focus work smoothly. Optically it is much better than the copy I somewhat repaired.

Tokina had an earlier (1982), slightly larger 35-200 F3.5-4.5 manual focus lens. Several other brands had 35-200 manual focus lenses including Vivitar with a F3-4.5. Nikon's F3.5-4.5 version was released in 1985. There wasn't other AF 35-200's other than the 1991 Minolta AF 35-200 Xi. Canon released an EF 35-350 F3.5-5.6 in 1993. Tokina came out with an AF 35-300 F4.5-6.7 in 1998.

Both ends are longer at close focus than the internal focus Minolta. It exposes more like F6.3 at the long end--the Minolta 35-200 is brighter.

This last copy is very sharp at the wide end even out to the corners, but performance starts to slip around 135 mm. It certainly sharper than the current copy of the Minolta Xi that I have. The previous Xi with the stuck aperture was sharper at 200 mm but had a fairly curved focal plane. Image quality is fairly competitive with the Tamron 18-250 F3.5-6.3. But even the 70-210mm F4.5-5.6 is better at the long end. It flares much worse than than Xi. The Xi hood fits fine and helps a little. I don't know if there is a deeper 62 mm clip-on hood to use for APS-C.

The Xi lens definitely focus faster, but the Tokina isn't too slow. It seems to focus faster than the SAM telephoto zooms on the A65. It certainly focuses much, much faster than the Tamron 18-250.
reviewer#27611 date: Jun-15-2016
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 35-200 Xi
Minolta 70-210 f4
Minolta 18-200 DT
price paid:50 GBP used
positive:Very sharp - even @ 200
Great Colour and build
negative:Heavy!!!!
Needs a hood to combat flare
comment:Very good lens even though quite old. Very heavy.

Beer can like IQ

Useful if you don't mind the weight but get a hood!!
reviewer#11349 date: Sep-24-2013
sharpness: 3.5
color: 3
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Sigma 18-250
Minolta 50mm 1.7
Minolta 50mm 1.4
Sony 35mm 1.8
Quantaray 28-80
price paid:
missing
positive:Build quality
Focus speed
Lens only extends like a couple of inches at it's maximum focal length
negative:A bit heavy with all the metal construction
Zoom creep
Contrast and colors not the best
comment:I really feel like I have to set the record straight, what with everyone giving this lens such a high rating. There's a reason why you can get this lens for $10. The results from the 35-200 aren't horrible, but sharpness is nowhere near where people are rating it! It's possible to get some decent results in really good light, but let's not get crazy here with all the praise. Spend a little extra and just get a good lens.
reviewer#11314 date: Aug-19-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 2
overall: 3.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Min 35200 xi
price paid:39 usd used
positive:excellent quality for price!
negative:very heavy
long MFD at 35mm
no lens hood
comment:This was the first of the superzooms. It is heavy and thick, with no lens cap. The rear element protrudes at 35mm, while the front element is proud of the housing too. The wide zoom ring is close to the body, and the focus ring is so thin as to be inaccessible. The filter rotates on focussing but not on zooming. The lens extends on zooming. The aperture blades are straight. f4 at 35mm, f4.5 at 45mm, f5 at 75mm, f5.6 at 130mm. 5 meter MFD at 35mm, but 40mm by 50mm focal length. But a genuine "macro" setting by turning the lens past a built-in detent. Slow focus mechanism with a loud clunk on mounting to the camera. Range window and indices, which now are rare.

Slightly cool, grey colors, not quite Minolta, but good and true; heavy green and purple fringing at periphery; edges weak in color and contrast.

This is a first generation lens of its kind, and it shows it. It has lots of quirks that we now recognize and expect to be absent from newer lenses. But the central image is excellent in every respect, and the colors beat Tamron and Sigma to my mind. Autofocus is slow but quite reliable. It is heavy, but then it comes from the age of steam; and its price was unassailable.
reviewer#11275 date: Jul-29-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta 70-210/4 Macro
Minolta 28-85 Macro
Minolta 35-70/4 Macro
Minolta 24-105 (D)
Minolta 28-135 Macro
Sigma 50-200 DC OS HSM
Tamron 55-200 Di-II
price paid:£20.00 (used)
positive:Build Quality
Sharpness (IQ)
Colour Rendition
Focal Range
Price
Macro Function
Short MFD
Decent Bokeh
Weight
negative:Lens Hood. Optional as opposed to supplied
comment:Apart from the lens hood being an option rather than part of the lens kit, the Tokina AF 352 is a gem of a lens that essentially could replace most (if not all) of the comparison lenses I've listed. The colour rendition is Minoltaesque and the sharpness is at least as good as the Minolta 28-135 Macro (Secret Handshake) if not better, and coupled with the very usable focal length, makes it almost a one lens solution for both wide-angle and a mid range tele-zoom.

I came across this lens by pure chance and bought it on a whim based on Dyxum owner reviews (all 5 of them) and my copy came supplied boxed complete (pretty rare for an antique lens of this vintage), and all I can say is . . WOW! The reviewers were dead right! It's built like the classic Minolta metal and glass lenses (Tokina's early SD AF range are very similar to Minolta in that respect), and it has a useable 1:4 macro function which makes this lens one that almost everyone has clearly overlooked based on the number of Dyxum reviews compared to the F4 'Beercan' for example. I have no doubt it will become more sought-after as it's very affordable and it performs superbly (far superior to the F4 'Beercan' and pretty much all other legacy Minolta lenses with a similar focal range). The MFD is also very short, so no real restrictions there either.

I tested the lens at various focal lengths and apertures with/without flash and couldn't detect any noticeable CA/PF, barrel or pincushion distortion. Bokeh isn't quite as creamy as some other lenses, but still very good, and sharpness is excellent throughout the focal range (TBH, even at 200mm it had the IQ of a tele-prime and I thought it better than the Minolta AF 28-135mm Macro even at maximum range) and that in my book speaks volumes (a nice play on words there).

So, in conclusion, this may currently be a cheap lens, but don't let the price fool you. For what you get, anyone would be more than satisfied with it even if it cost GBP £125.00+ such is the quality that this wonderful otherwise overlooked lens delivers, which goes to show you don't have to pay over the odds for quality.

Apart from maybe the short end starting at 35mm compared to say other lenses that start at 24mm - 28mm (this is being hypercritical) particularly when used on full frame cameras (the F4 'Beercan' starts at 70mm after all), it has a very useable 165mm focal range and it ticks so many boxes, thus I suggest you go out into the big wide World and see if you can source one. I'm sure you'll be very happy if you did.
reviewer#11143 date: May-27-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 20mm f2.8 24mm f2.8
" 28mm f2,8
" 50mm f1.4
" 135mm f2.8
" 35-70mm f4
" 70-210mm f4
" 50mm Macro f2,8
" 100mm F2,8 macro
" 80-200mm f2.8
" 500mm f8 Reflex
Sony Zeiss 16-80mm f3,5-4,5
price paid:120 euros
positive:very good sharpness.
great colors.
fast AF
perfect solid metal built
useful range especialy on film-FF and even on crop cam.
pro feel
Great color
Very sharp
Great range (for me)
free of distortion
negative:heavy ? 710 g like beercan 70-210mm , but much better range
comment:Great Find!!! No distortion throughout the entire range 35-200.
Good balance and feel on a Sony a200 and a700 body.
Sharp, sharp, sharp. Smooth focus and produces nice colors.
Great reach. High quality solid build,
glass and steel. No lens creep.
62mm front-lens, so you can use all your standard filters.
Amazing walk around lens. A favorite solid lens.
Super sharp and

This is a tank of a lens and awesome walkaround.
Don't pass it up, if you can find one.
reviewer#11115 date: May-15-2013
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 75-300 F4.5-5.6 Big Beercan
price paid:75 USD
positive:Strongly built, convenient zoom range, macro
negative:Contrast and colors are slightly weaker than Minolta lenses
comment:The first thing attracts attention is the hard construction. This lens is a relatively heavy but it has a very comfortable balance when its on camera.
The focal range is pretty wide.
Having macro on board, this lens is very convenient for everyday use - if you are not afraid of heavy load.
reviewer#10913 date: Feb-7-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:KM 35-105, 100-200
price paid:10 usd
positive:Sharpness, build, macro
negative:None
comment:I was able to find very little in the way of reviews on this lens. I have always been a fan of Tokina products, so when I had the chance to pick up a copy for $10 USD on ebay, I jumped at it. I am extremely satisfied with this lens in all respects. The sharpness when paired with my A77 is astounding. The sharpness extends to the corners and edges. While the color rendition is not that of the traditional Minolta lenses (colors are a bit cooler), I find they are quite accurate, and pleasingly saturated. Yes there is a bit of CA, but I have never owned a lens made by anyone, for any price, that did not. The bit of CA that can be present, is easily dealt with in Photoshop. There is virtually no distortion, and the thing is built like a tank. All in all, this is potentially one of the best lenses I have ever purchased, and I would recommend it to anyone.
reviewer#10706 date: Nov-17-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 70-210 Beercan
Minolta 28-135 Handshake
price paid:US $75.00 (USD)
positive:Inexpensive, Build, Fast AF, Macro
negative:Heavy, No Focus Ring, Loud,
comment:I have had some very nice results with this heavy glass. AF is very fast. However, it is loud and sounds like it is on ball-barrings when focusing. The colors are fairly true. However, compared to the fine Minolta colors they lack the contrast and hue that KM glass in known for. I would highly recommend this glass if you can not afford a good copy of the "Beercan" This lens has a nice ballanced feel when its on my camera and the range is very handy. Switch the stock front lens cap as it will dammage the front element unless a good filter is in place to prodect your glass and will not make contact with the cap. I have heard tale of some of these oder version lenses AF not working properly. I am told that depending on when the lens was made a different chip inside makes the difference. I have had two of them and both have functioned perfectly on my Alphas. They will work with full frame as it did with the Maxxum 7000 it came off of. There is some light distortion around the edge when at the very end of the long range on aps-c.
reviewer#10423 date: Aug-1-2012
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 70-210 F/4 Beercan
Sigma 28-200 IF F3.5-5.6
price paid:80 USD (used)
positive:Very strongly built lens. Full very strong metal construction, strong feedback in max zoom length before 'macro.' Fairly sharp with decent levels of CA. Wide zoom range.
negative:Complicated internally for repairs. Seems mildly prone to coating damage. Very heavy (heavier than beercan). Focus stop clicks loudly when hit.
comment:Stopping down doesn't seem to help a lot. Similar maximum sharpness at F/5.6 and F/10.

The macro zone being past a 'notched' 200mm makes it easy to know when you're in macro mode, and to switch back and forth.

If I didn't already have a beercan, I'd be pleased with this lens until I got one. For 50% less than a good beercan costs, it's a pretty good deal.
reviews found: 10   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 10
  • sharpness: 4.30
  • color: 4.10
  • build: 4.70
  • distortion: 4.30
  • flare control: 3.70
  • overall: 4.22

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