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Tokina AT-X Pro 16-50mm f/2.8 DX : Specifications and Opinions


Tokina AT-X Pro 16-50mm f/2.8 DX

The Tokina AT-X Pro 16-50mm f/2.8 DX is a standard lens for APS-C, manufactured from 2007 to 2015 (discontinued). The focus is done by Lens AF motor (non-ultrasonic), it does not have image stabilization. The average price, when it has been added to the JuzaPhoto database, is 620 €;
20 users have given it an average vote of 9.0 out of 10.


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 Specifications
 Focal lenght   16-50 mm
 Angle of view   84 - 32.1°  (equivalent to a 24-75mm in Fullframe 24x36mm format)
 Format   APS-C
 Max. aperture   f/2.8
 Aperture blades   9
 Lenses/Groups   15 elements in 12 groups
 Min. focus distance   0.30 meters
 Reproduction ratio   0.21x

 Features
 Zoom type   Ring, external
 Stabilization   No
 Focus   Lens AF motor (non-ultrasonic)
 Internal AF   Yes
 Full Time MF   No

 Built and notes
 Tripod ring   No
 Extenders   No
 Filters   77 mm
 Lens hood   Yes, supplied
 Weather sealing   Yes
 Weight   610 g
 Dimensions   94 x 97 mm
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avatarsupporter
sent on June 08, 2015

Pros: The only true DX equivalent to a 24-70mm f2.8, build, solidity, weight when compared with Nikon, Price, Sharpness, constant aperture, decent lenshood, smooth zoom/focus, Made in Japan, 'Standard' 77mm filters

Cons: Discontinued, scarcity in Nikon fit, old style AF, Zoom creep, CA against the light at f2.8

Opinion: Upgrading from my little and plasticky Tamron SP 17-50mm f2.8, this Tokina offers no cutting edge technology. Big, chunky and with 77mm filters, it is noticeably bigger and more 'pro' looking than the little Tamron. But still 150g lighter than the Nikkor 17-55m f2.8 that I aspired to, but cannot afford! Handles and balances well on the D7000. Tokina discontinued this lens a while ago and finding good Nikon examples can be difficult, finally found this good value example at 249 English pounds sterling, which was one hundred pounds less than other examples I'd seen, in Canon fit. My example suffers from quite bad zoom creep that affects shooting at long end and at angle steeper than 45 degrees. I don't know if this inherent in its design or just mine. Performance is excellent, at least from f4 down; at f2.8, it's like any similar lens, very usable, but only when you need that aperture, due to low light or for shallow depth of field. Corners at 16mm f2.8 are a bit soft, but not so noticeable and we are talking about a wider angle of view, after all. F16 is about the minimum usable aperture, it gets soft all over beyond that. AF is engaged by pulling the lens barrel back, hardly modern technology or that quick but the AF, despite being old technology only makes a noise if it travels through a large portion of the focus scale. In normal use, where it is picking up small changes, it is quick, quiet and accurate. Tokina state that the front element has a special coating which allows easy cleaning, but haven't tested this yet. Barrel distortion is slightly high at 16mm, (but still less than my Nikkor 18-200mm, at 18mm) but again, not so surprising considering the angle of view and it's not bad enough to be visible in the viewfinder, and is easily correctable, of course. Slight pincushion at 50mm, which again, is par for the course. Tried lens wide open in dark church for stained glass windows; CA's not noticeable, only when viewed very large on computer. So, overall, a very valid and usable pro quality lens for landscape, street and live music shooting until the time I can afford a Big Boy Nikkor 17-55mm f2.8. For value, quality, build and usability, 10 out of ten, but I have to knock a point off for that zoom creep and for the old style AF, so overall 9/10

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avatarjunior
sent on May 22, 2019

Pros: Opening 2.8, Sharpness from f4, starts at 16mm (24mm equivalent si FX), colors.

Cons: Construction only seemingly solid... in fact it is very mediocre (see notes), soft at 2.8, purple fringing and chromatic aberrations, absence of stabilization, absence of tropicalization, usual clutch system for the transition from AF to MF... but you know what the Tokina are like.

Opinion: Old-fashioned lens, built seemingly like the 28-70mm 2.8 FX (which I had and resold) but which, unlike the older brother, is not internal focus, so the barrel extends telescopicly and the mechanism with time loosens and tends to move (to put it in place, when the zoom is 16mm, the front lens group moves. When you stretch to 50mm and put the lens vertically, with the front lens pointing upwards, the telescopic group tends to lower/close to return to 16mm). Returns only discrete images to f2.8 and sharp from f4, to reach the maximum between f5.6 and f8. Very beautiful colors and good detachment of the floors. For what I paid him (130 euros on the bay)... I could give him 10. Instead, objectively, I vote 5.

avatarsenior
sent on August 29, 2018

Pros: Great sharpness, high-quality construction, 2.8 opening, tropicalized. 77 mm front lens.

Cons: Difficult to find. The AF is not lightning, but still great.

Opinion: Very but very well built lens, with the total absence of plasticaccia typical of many lenses, therefore, it follows a certain weight. Fluid ring nuts and fast and smooth AF switching. Aperture 2.8 on all focal lengths, even if it becomes crisp closed by F4. Tropicalized and very difficult to find, but if you found it, I highly recommend the purchase. I use it as a handyman to "read" Uscitine on my second body DX Nikon D7200, being the equivalent of a 24 70 on FF. They make a very nice couple. Objective not very heavy, at least compared to others I use on FF. In short, an excellent lens, with which I have also made beautiful portraits at 50 mm. Sin was born only for the reduced format. Rated 10.

avatarsenior
sent on November 11, 2016

Pros: sharpness

Cons: Discontinued, weight.

Opinion: As they say .... the first love is never forgotten. 7 years ago I bought this lens, then on the advice of a friend convinced me to buy the Nikon 16-85 due to the fact that the 16-50 I had become a little short, I sold the Tokina. The Nikon is a great goal, a little dark but fá his duty. Along the way I realized that the Nikon 16-85 had limitations and today I made 1200 km (round trip) to go to buy the Tokina again, found abroad again, stock fund at a good price. I think this lens with the 90D is a winning combination. The objective is different from Nikon, the colors are more neutral and less saturated, sharpness for sale at room temperature and if closed to 1-2 stop has the best yield. In my gallery I posted today a picture taken in AV mode to ISO 640 free hand and was walking. One shot knocked them as evidence, without intervening in raw pp, only conversion jpeg.rnIl My advice if you have the opportunity to source new stock fund to a prezzaccio not pensarch 2 times to buy.

avatarsenior
sent on March 08, 2016

Pros: Focal excursion, optical yield, construction and used price

Cons: rare, not monstrous autofucus, barrel extension, coma to 2.8.

Opinion: I took this lens as an upgrade for my broken 15-85 and I use it on canon 7d. Sturdy lens with surprising performance, high build quality and remarkable sharpness even at 2.8 at all focal lengths. rnAutofocus not ultrasonic and quite noisy, sometimes not very bright, especially if you take pictures during ceremonies or silent celebrations, with the typical disengagement mechanism of tokina, of speed globally suitable for any use for focal lengths to which it operates even if it does not do miracles .rnProbably it is the best lens of its focal range for aps-c, perhaps only under the big brother pentax from which it is strictly derived. Its main flaw is the low diffusion that makes the search for a used really difficult and a little 'too much coma to 2.8.




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