Tokina AF 50-135mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Canon EOS (APS-C)

Samples

Here some sample shots taken with the EOS 350D and RAW-converted via RSE 2006.

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Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 50.0mm
Exposure Data: f/2.8 @ 1/640s
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Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 110.0mm
Exposure Data: f/2.8 @ 1/800s
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Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 100.0mm
Exposure Data: f/7.1 @ 1/320s
Size 3471x2311
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 135.0mm
Exposure Data: f/2.8 @ 1/1000s
Size 2311x3471
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 60.0mm
Exposure Data: f/5.6 @ 1/500s
Size 2311x3471
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 73.0mm
Exposure Data: f/5.6 @ 1/800s
Size 2311x3471

Verdict

The Tokina AF 50-135mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX is a very good lens with a few flaws. The resolution figures are truly excellent except maybe at 85mm f/2.8 and at close focus distances (based on field experience). The contrast level is generally very good except at 135mmm f/2.8. Typical for dedicated APS-C lenses the vignetting is a little more pronounced at wide-open aperture but all-in-all the issue is relatively well controlled. The distortion characteristic is about average whereas lateral chromatic aberrations are a little high at the extreme ends of the zoom range. The bokeh, the out-of-focus blur, is generally very smooth and buttery. The mechanical quality of the lens is absolutely superb and it is a joy to handle this quality - more of this, please! The Tokina does still rely on a AF micro-motor but the AF speed is fairly high although a little squeaky in sound. It is nice to see that Tokina is back again with good design for a reasonable price of around 600€/US$.

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