Review Tokina AT-X PRO 80-200mm 1: 2.8

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Review Tokina AT-X PRO 80-200mm 1: 2.8

Review Tokina AT-X PRO 80-200mm 1: 2.8

Tokina AT-X PRO 80-200mm 1: 2.8 lens, often referred to as 'AT-X 828 AF PRO', replaces the older version - Tokina AT-X AF SD 80-200mm 1: 2.8... Tokina AT-X PRO 80-200mm 1: 2.8 is a fast telephoto lens with 2.5x zoom. In our time, its release has been discontinued. A version for Nikon cameras came to my review (there is an inscription N / AIS - Nikon AIS behind the lens). Like other third-party camera manufacturers, Tokina has produced this lens for other systems such as Canon, Pentax and Sony / Minolta.

Main technical characteristics of Tokina AT-X PRO 80-200mm 1: 2.8 N / AIS

The name of the instance from the review (as it is written on the lens itself) Tokina AT-X PRO 80-200mm 1: 2.8 N / AIS 5709541 ø77 JAPAN (official name Tokina AT-X 828 AF PRO)
Basic properties
  • lens designed for full-length cameras Nikon fx
  • presence of a diaphragm control ring with a lock apertureanalog Nikon NON-G lens
  • support for auto focus via the camera motor, analog Nikon AF
  • FC (focus clutch) - special focus mode switch AF / MF
  • FE (Floating Element) - optical design with floating elements allows focusing with two groups of lenses
  • the lens transmits the focusing distance to the camera, analog Nikon 'D'
  • during focusing and changing the focal length, the lens does not change its size, all lenses move within the frame of the body, it is convenient to use filters. We can say that the lens uses internal focus and internal zoom.
  • high-quality metal case with a nice outer coating for a comfortable grip
  • special enlightenment of Tokina lenses MC (Multi-Coating)
  • the lens belongs to the professional Tokina line AT-X Pro (Advanced Technology - EXbetween PROfessional)
  • The optical scheme uses low dispersion elements tokina Super low Dispersion (Tokina SD)
  • Fixed rotating tripod foot
Front Filter Diameter 77 mm
Focal length 80-200 mm, EGF for Nikon DX cameras is 120-300 mm. For DX cameras see analog - Tokina AT-X PRO SD 50-135 F2.8 DX N / AIS.
Zoom ratio 2,5 x
Designed by for Nikon digital and film cameras with full-format sensor
Number of aperture blades 9 straight petals
Labels scale with focusing distance in meters and feet, focal lengths for 80, 100, 135, 200 mm, bayonet mount mark. 3 marks for the correct orientation of the tripod foot.
Diaphragm from f / 2.8 over the entire range of focal lengths to f / 32. There is an aperture control ring with values ​​of F / 2.8, 4, 5.6, 8, 11, 16, 22, 32 without the ability to set an intermediate value by this ring. The ring is locked with a special lock in position F / 32.
MDF (minimum focusing distance) 1.8 m, maximum magnification ratio achieved by 200 mm
The weight 1350 g
Optical design 17 elements in 11 groups. The scheme includes 1 low dispersion element 'SD' (Super Low Dispersion) (shown in blue in the optical diagram)

Optical design Tokina 80-200

The image of the optical circuit is clickable. Most likely, the optical scheme repeats the lens Tokina AT-X AF SD 80-200mm 1: 2.8 and manual Tokina AT-X SD 80-200mm 1: 2.8.

Lens hood MH774N. The lens hood is screwed into the front filter thread
Manufacturer country JAPAN (serial number on the end of the tripod foot)
Period Produced since 2004 (the time of the end of production is unknown). The lens is now discontinued and is an archive model. For summer 2016, Tokina does not have a full replacement for this lens. For Nikon DX cameras in the fall of 2006, an alternative was released - Tokina AT-X PRO SD 50-135 F2.8 DX N / AIS.
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Tokina AT-X PRO 80-200mm 1: 2.8

Tokina AT-X PRO 80-200mm 1: 2.8

The Tokina 80-200 / 2.8 lens is mainly made of metal, with a huge (77 mm) front lens and a weight of 1350 grams. A solid assembly is felt to the touch and when used, to which there are no complaints. The focus ring and zoom are rubberized and pleasant to the touch. On the lens case there is a non-removable tripod foot, which rotates 360 degrees around the axis of the lens and is fixed with a washer-clamp. Also, on the case you can find three marks-strips, which, when compared with the white mark-point of the clamp on the tripod foot, make it possible to quickly turn the lens into a landscape or portrait position.

Tokina AT-X PRO 80-200mm 1: 2.8

Tokina AT-X PRO 80-200mm 1: 2.8

The case has a focus distance scale in meters and feet, MDF is 1.8 meters (like the version Tokina AT-X AF SD 80-200mm 1: 2.8) The zoom at the lens is internal - when the focal length is changed, the lens does not change its size. When changing the focal length, as well as when focusing, the rear lens remains stationary, which completely deprives the lens of the 'vacuum cleaner effect' and, therefore, reduces the possibility of contamination of the insides of the camera. It's a pity, but the lens can spontaneously change its focal length under the weight of its own lenses. If you set 200 mm of the focal length and tilt the lens down, the focal length will slowly slip by 80 mm.

Tokina AT-X PRO 80-200mm 1: 2.8

Tokina AT-X PRO 80-200mm 1: 2.8

Auto focus is not fast, and I was a little upset. When focusing, the front lens rotates and moves in the middle of the lens barrel, but due to the successful design, this does not hurt when using special filters (the thread under the filter remains stationary). During auto focus, the focus ring remains stationary, it can be rotated, but this will not affect the focus. During manual focusing, the ring can be rotated 90 degrees; when extreme positions are reached, the ring stops.

The AF / MF focus mode switch is the same as most modern Tokina lenses - to switch to manual focus mode, pull the focus ring towards the camera mount.

Tokina AT-X PRO 80-200mm 1: 2.8

Tokina AT-X PRO 80-200mm 1: 2.8

A solid metal lens hood usually comes with the lens (the lens came to me without a lens hood), while the lens hood is threaded (screwed into the thread of the front filter). For example, a pretty old native Nikon ED AF Nikkor 80-200mm 1: 2.8D (MKII) 1992 release, and he has a bayonet hood (in special grooves). The bayonet hood can be removed or installed much faster.

Tokina AT-X PRO 80-200mm 1: 2.8 and Nikon ED AF Nikkor 80-200mm 1: 2.8D (MKII)

Tokina AT-X PRO 80-200mm 1: 2.8 and Nikon ED AF Nikkor 80-200mm 1: 2.8D (MKII)

It's important: auto focus with this lens is available only when using him on cameras with built-in motor focusing.

Exact list Nikon DSLR cameras with a built-in focus motor, on which this lens will focus automatically:

Exact list Nikon DSLR cameras without a built-in focus motor, on which this lens will not focus automatically:

Only auto focus and sound confirmation of focus will not work with these cameras, all other important functions, such as automatic exposure metering and automatic iris control, will work well.

You will find a lot of useful information on the types of cameras and lenses Nikon here.


During focusing, the lens is pretty noisy.

The lens has a manual aperture ring. To be able to control the value aperture from camera or for automatic installation aperture on modern central control valves, you need to turn the control ring to F / 32 and fix it with a special lever, which is located to the right of the marks aperture. You can read more about this issue in the section on Non-G Lenses. The diaphragm consists of nine petals.

Tokina AT-X PRO 80-200mm 1: 2.8 and Nikon ED AF Nikkor 80-200mm 1: 2.8D (MKII)

Tokina AT-X PRO 80-200mm 1: 2.8 (left) and Nikon ED AF Nikkor 80-200mm 1: 2.8D (MKII)

Image quality

At open apertures, the lens is weak. In the range after 135 mm at F / 2.8, the classic Tokin "soft" (loss of sharpness and contrast) appears. The lens does not tolerate backlight well (shot against the sun) With closed apertures, sharpness returns to normal, but still at 200 mm focal length, even with closed apertures, it is difficult to achieve ringing sharpness. Tokina AT-X PRO 80-200mm 1: 2.8 suffers from severe chromatic aberration. But not everything is so bad, the lens has a nice design, and a 200 mm lens tightens the bokeh. Due to the low sharpness, the Tokina AT-X PRO 80-200mm 1: 2.8 is often suitable only for portrait shooting (where sharpness is not needed). It takes a long time to get used to the picture with Tokina AT-X PRO 80-200mm 1: 2.8.

Examples of photographs (shot on different copies of Tokina 80-200 lenses):

  1. On open diaphragms: Link to the archive with the originals - 542 MB, 41 photos in .NEF format, (RAW) from the camera Nikon D700 (FX).
  2. On different apertures: Link to the archive with the originals - 320 MB, 29 photos in .NEF + JPEG format, from the camera Nikon D700 (FX).
  3. On different apertures: Link to the archive with the originals - 470 MB, 46 photos in .RAF + JPEG format, from camera Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro (Nikon DX).
Tokina AT-X PRO 80-200mm 1: 2.8 on the ZK

Tokina AT-X PRO 80-200mm 1: 2.8 on the ZK

Catalog of modern Tokina lenses can look at this link.

In the comments, you can ask a question on the topic and they will answer you, as well as you can express your opinion or describe your experience. For the selection of photographic equipment, I recommend large catalogs, for example E-Catalog. Many little things for the photo can be found on AliExpress.


Results

Tokina AT-X PRO 80-200mm 1: 2.8 is a very high quality lens. The unit I reviewed is weak at f / 2.8 in the range beyond 100mm. Instead of the Tokina AT-X PRO 80-200mm 1: 2.8 I would recommend looking for a native 'push-pull' lens Nikon ED AF Nikkor 80-200mm 1: 2.8D or look towards inexpensive Sigma 70-200mm 1: 2.8 APO EX HSM.

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Comments: 59, on the topic: Tokina AT-X PRO 80-200mm 1: 2.8 review

  • to_c

    Are there people here who had to take it apart?

    • Vladimir

      Greetings, I am currently doing this.

  • mahmader

    Hello, tell me the diameter of the tripod foot ring on it?

    • Vladimir

      It seems to be non-removable there, the screw is unscrewed, the ring rotates like on a bearing, but it seems impossible to remove it without disassembling the lens (maybe I'm wrong).

  • Maria

    I accidentally bought the same lens for a song in the version for Canon. I also have an old device, and most likely they do not align such lenses. Since the lens cost me almost nothing and, in fact, autofocus, I did not pay attention to how the focusing ring loosened. And this is not a gum that you can just soak (if I understand correctly). Autofocus works poorly with the Canon 5d2m. I have already learned to cope with the manual mode quite well with the help of live view. But shooting in manual mode is almost impossible due to the absence (in fact) of a ring. I work as a transfactor, but this is still a pleasure.

    It's a pity to throw it away, give it away, because I really like the picture and portraits.
    Tokina, IMHO, has one big problem - chromatic aberration and it's hard to shoot with it in low light conditions.

    Maybe someone came across a problem - how to restore the ring yourself, disassembling?

    Thank you!

    • Rodion

      The screws will most likely need to be tightened, which are located inside the focusing rings of the Japanese. A bad system is enough.

      • Maria

        Thanks. I'll think about how to implement this in small bloods)

      • Maria

        Rodion, you won't believe it. Itself "set", as a dislocation) It turns out that someone seemed to rip her out of the nests. Maybe this, of course, is provided, in the instructions I did not find such a "mode".
        Everything is in order, not quite the usual ring move, but everything works.

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