Tokina 80-200mm F2.8 AT-X PRO AF A-mount lens review by QuietOC

reviewer#44044 date: Apr-15-2018
sharpness: 3
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:Tamron 28-200 RXD
Tokina AF 35-200 SD
Minolta MD 50-135 F3.5
Sigma 50-150 F2.8 EX DC HSM II
Sony DT 55-200 SAM
Vivitar 70-150 F3.8
Tamron 70-180 F2.8 VXD
Sigma 70-200 F2.8 EX DG OS HSM
Sigma 70-200 F2.8 EX DG APO
Sony FE 70-200 F4 G OSS
Canon EF 70-200 F4 L USM
Vivitar S1 70-210 F3.5 I & II
Minolta AF 70-210 F4
Minolta AF 70-210 F3.5-4.5
Minolta AF 80-200 F2.8 APO G
Vivitar 85-205 F3.8
Minolta AF 100-200 F4.5
Minolta AF 135 F2.8
Canon EF 135 F2.8 Softfocus
Canon EF 200 F2.8 L USM
Minolta AF 200 F2.8 APO G
Minolta AF 200 F2.8 HS APO G
price paid:240 USD (used)
positive:Smooth, internal zoom
Rotatable tripod foot
negative:Size and weight
Heavy PF and CA
Soft corners (not curvature)
Soft at long end
Backwards zoom direction
High resistance, noisy focus
Rotating/extending front focus
Limited range
comment:A very clean copy with original screw-on hood and rear cap purchased from a large eBay company. The focusing mechanism and perhaps also the optics on this copy are out of alignment. This Pro version seems to be a minor update to their earlier AF 80-200 F2.8 AT-X which is probably based on their earlier manual zoom. Tokina borrowed the lens ID from the Minolta 80-200 F2.8 APO. "JAPAN"

Build is typical low tech, overweight Tokina. The focus mechanism sounds and feels horrible. The focus control ring is visibly misaligned with the lens barrel when pulled back to allow manual focus. The manual focus ring also doesn't fully disengage when pushed forward to the AF setting at the short end of the focus throw. This probably indicates damage or at least faulty assembly.

Optically this lens isn't as good as the cheapest Minolta zooms. It is not just field curvature either. Tokina's old manual focus 70-210 F3.5 (as rebranded by Vivitar Series 1) is a much better lens despite its problems. The Sigma F2.8 EX zooms are better, and neither of those are great lenses. The wide end is very close in angle-of-view to the Sony 85 F2.8 SAM.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 26
  • sharpness: 4.50
  • color: 4.31
  • build: 4.88
  • distortion: 4.62
  • flare control: 4.31
  • overall: 4.52 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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