Tokina 80-200mm F2.8 AT-X AF A-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 13   
reviewer#9973 date: Feb-25-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 100-200 f4.5
Minolta 70-210 f4
Tokina ATX Pro 80-200 f2.8
price paid:465
positive:Sharp at all lengths
Smooth bokeh
Built like a tank
Feels like tank
Good weight
negative:Purple Fringing
Sounds like a tank
Filter ring rotates
Hard to manual focus when near the infinity range
comment:After testing a friend's ATX PRO version, I thought it was acceptable [not so sharp wide open, purple fringing but it was relatively quiet, built well, had good bokeh and could be used reasonably well in low light] so I looked for a similar lens at a similar price. What I got was this older version that got me a bit concerned [thought it might be worse than the new one] but this Tokina blew my head off when I first tried it. Sharp wide open at any range, bokeh was about the same and pf seemed a little bit less too.

Now the cons of this version can be a bit off putting but should not dissuade you into buying this lens, at first you may accidentally touch the focus ring when you shoot, thats instant fingerprint removal there if you do it often, also the focus throw seems a bit short for manual focusing, like when i tried to focus near the infinity range, its easy to step over a sharp focus. When on AF, its pretty spot on but at the same time, it sounds like a motorized tank noise wise.

I would recommend this lens if you have a chance to get this at an affordable price and desire a fast lens in this range.
reviewer#9171 date: Jun-22-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:MAF 70-210/4.0, Sigma 70-210/2,8 (old)
price paid:300 EUR (almost new)
positive:full metal build, sharp, low light,
negative:a bit heavy when carry daily, could be bit noisy when zooming, difficult to find
comment:Its a great lens, but a bit heavy, zooming barrel and gears can be stripped easily when you keep wrong the lens by your hand, be careful. Very good and quite cheap alternative to very expensive MAF 70-210/2,8 or MAF 80-200/2,8 SSM versions. Worth ist price, when you find it take it,a nd you won't dare.
reviewer#7400 date: May-4-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Carl zeiss jena 75-200 3.8
Beercan
price paid:
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positive:Reasonable sharp at F 2.8
Very sharp at F4.
Smooth bokeh
negative:Noticeable CA at 2.8
comment:Noticeable CA at 2.8, CA almost gone at f 4.
Must stop down more for sharp at infinity.
Noticeable LOst IQ when using with Sigma 1.4x APO TC.
when using with SIgma 1.4 x APO TC, it is not good as the Tokina 100-300mm F4
Have no problem with focusing if you have a good copy as mine.The hood works well
reviewer#7137 date: Mar-22-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 28-300mm, Minolta 500mm reflex, Tamron 28-200mm, Minolta 70-210mm,
price paid:
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positive:Nice Bokeh. Great Build Quality. Reasonable Weight. Feels good in my hand. Exceptional Tokina customer service.
negative:Occasional purple fringing. Semi slow focus.
comment:This is an absolutely awesome lens. My copy is exceptionally sharp, even wide open. It does suffer from periodic purple fringing, mostly in high contrast, very bright, conditions. Focus is dead on, although maybe a little slow compared to other lenses, but for a lens this old, quite acceptable.

I did have a problem with the auto-focus, but Tokina was able to fix it in short order. As with others, the plastic gear was stripped out, but Tokina had parts on hand to fix it in a couple days and mail it back to me. I just got it back this weekend, and it seems to be as good as new.
reviewer#7026 date: Mar-7-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 70-200 2.8
price paid:330Euros
positive:Sharpness
negative:weight
comment:
missing
reviewer#6602 date: Dec-18-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 75-200 2.8-3.5
Minolta 70-210mm f/4
price paid:
missing
positive:- affordable 2.8
- sharp stopped down
negative:- heavy
- CA
- plastic gear mechanism will break sooner or later
comment:Probably the cheapest f/2.8 zoom of this range you can find.

It's a little soft wide open on the long end. f/4 makes things better on my A200. It's better on the wide end where f/2.8 does well enough.

Unfortunately, CA can get really ugly, visible even with scaled images. About as bad as the beercan, maybe even worse. Crops are a disaster unless you fix this.

I tried it on a 2X TC hoping to use it as a sort-of replacement for my 500mm Reflex while it's in the shop. Sharpness is actually pretty decent at F/8, but the CA just makes it horrible at any aperture.

If I had a better way to remove CA in my current workflow I could maybe overlook this more. I'll have to investigate my options.

I purchased mine from a Dyxum member for peanuts due to a defective AF mechanism (which Capetown describes in his review) and generally poor cosmetics (though the glass itself looks fine). The AF actually mostly works, but jams when it tries to focus at the MFD.

What I find curious is that I don't think it's really much better than my chipped Sigma 75-200 2.8-3.5 which is a much cheaper lens.
reviewer#5815 date: Aug-6-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 75-300 f4.5-5.6
price paid:Loaner
positive:Fast , Sharp , Affordable long 2.8
negative:Heavy , My Shoulder is aching
comment:I like the results ... heavy for a everyday lens .... usable for portraiture ...
reviewer#4871 date: Feb-17-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:In the same zoom range:
Minolta 100-200 F4,5 VS I.
Minolta 70-210 F4 VS I.
Minolta 75-300 F4,5-5,6 VS I.
Asahi Takumar 85-210 F4,5 (M42)
price paid:300 Euro
positive:+ Good sharpness 80-130 mm F2,8
+ Good enough sharpness at 130-200 mm F2,8
+ Very good sharpness 80-130 F3,5 and perfect at F4,0
+ Very good contrast
+ Relative fast AF
+ Superb Bokeh from F2,8-4,0
+ Feels good in the Hand
negative:- Plastic gearwheels inside the lens
comment:I love the old Tokina lenses. This old lens has a better reputation than the newer AT-X PRO Version. There are many information on the Internet. I found out that many users gives more points for the sharpness. The image quality is good at F2,8 and very good at (1/2 step down) F3,5-4,0.

The newer version (AT-X PRO) use SD glasses - it has a weakly black surface. Both lenses are 1300g heavy - but this a avarage for "Sport Zooms" with F2,8 aperture. The new Tamron 70-200 is 200g lighter.

I would like to point out, that the AT-X 80-200 is a very good lens. It is mutch cheaper than the old Minolta 80-200 F2,8 (the verson without G - black surface). I like the amazing bokeh and i shot very nice pictures with this lens.

My copy has a problem with the AF and is broken direct after purchasing. A gearweal inside the lens is broken. The gearweal is made from plastic material. I ask some person in a german internet-forum and found out, that the gearweals can break after 15 years - after that the AF is out of order. My lens could be repaired for 70 euros, and now I am very very happy with this old Tokina.

I give 4 Points for the sharpness (the Minolta 80-200 F2,8 G is better fully open) but not for the "Used-price". I give 4 Points for the build because of the pastic gearwels inside. But remember the lens is 15 Years old! Otherwise the lens has a metal shape. You can control the flare easy and in this case 4 Points are fair.

I would like to point out again that the lens has a very impressive bokeh.

I would buy this lens again - Its a keeper!!



reviewer#2624 date: Aug-10-2007
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 70-300/4-5.6 APO
price paid:250 USD (used)
positive:Build quality, speed, sharpness and contranst
negative:Heavy
comment:Very good lens for the price I paid for it.
reviewer#2418 date: Jun-6-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Beercan, 80-200 G.
price paid:
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positive:Not that expensive like a Minolta 80-200/2.8 or 70-200 SSM, faster aperture then the beercan.
negative:A bit soft until F4.5 (dreamy, blue-ish effect) , non-detachable tripodmount, rotating and extending frontelement during focus, some CA.
comment:Nice lens if you don't want to pay a fortune for a G.
Sold it because I didn't use it a lot.
reviewer#2386 date: May-28-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 2,8/70-210mm APO
price paid:222,-- € (New)
positive:very very good lens and I used it for portraits and it's excellent even with full open, better from 3,2.
negative:very heavy,the hood is not good fixed.
comment:I checked this lens againts the Sigma and the "Beercan",the Minolta 4/70-210mm and the Tokina is much much better than the Sigma and still a bit better than the Minolta, because of 2,8 ! - the Sigma is worst, full open !
reviewer#2348 date: May-24-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:510
positive:Solid build
Fast, accurate AF
negative:Soft wide open, needs stopping down to 3.2-3.5
Purple fringing
comment:
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reviewer#1876 date: Feb-23-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP12MP12 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Beercan, Tamron 28-300, Min 85/1.4, 135/2.8
price paid:599 USD (new)
positive:Much cheaper than a Minolta 80-200/2.8G, AF speed not bad and pretty accurate even when mounted with a TC.
negative:Purple fringing especially when wide open, aggravated if used with a TC. Heavy (well it is metal and constant 2.8 - you can't have your cake and eat it too...) Kind of soft wide open, much better at 3.5 and smaller.
comment:Despite the PF this lens is a keeper. Although I wanted a fast zoom I was not really after one of these and only lusted for a Min 80-200/2.8 G with no real intent to buy. I am really lacking in the 10-20mm range. But I came accross it at a local store and felt the price was reasonable since it was NIB. I like that the AF works well with a 2x TC so now I have a 400mm/5.6 lens and no longer will feel bad I don't have a 500mm/8 AF, I have almost the same range without the circular bokeh.

I am considering reducing my lineup now that I have this lens even though this lens is much heavier that what will be sold. I will sell my beercan for sure and am considering selling my 135/2.8 original.
reviews found: 13   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 13
  • sharpness: 4.46
  • color: 4.54
  • build: 4.62
  • distortion: 4.62
  • flare control: 4.38
  • overall: 4.52

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