Tokina 300mm F2.8 AT-X 300 AF PRO A-mount lens review by TheRuttmeister
|TheRuttmeister#7443 date: May-19-2010|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|positive:||Very rugged, came with a 112mm front filter as standard, SHARP from f2.8, Very fast to focus. Wierd MF/AF ring. HUGE hood. Surprisingly light for a 300/2.8|
Great tripod mount, smooth with detends at 90 degree intervals.
|negative:||Wierd MF/AF ring.|
Can produce some CA's although it doesn't happen very often.
Hood when reversed covers tripod mount. Non-removeable tripod mount.
|comment:||A rare beast these days, but light, very fast to focus and very sharp.|
If you can live with the inherant downsides of a 300/2.8 (its huge and heavy!) then this is a great option.
I'd criticise the MFD, but unless you were planning on chasing insects its not an issue... at the MFD with APS-C a squirel fills the frame... so theres not much point in getting closer!
The MF/AF ring as actually a clutch, that pushes forward so it doesnt move when AF'ing. When pulled back it moves when AF'ing and can be used for MF. AF is accurate enough that I just leave it in the forward position though, not found the need to MF.
If it wasn't for the fact that I want something much lighter this would be a permanent fixture in my lineup.
Only a 4 for distortion because of the CA's... only had one picture where this was noticable though. Seagull against a dark background in very bright sunlight... he glowed! Fixable in PP, but something to be aware of.