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Jul 16, 2012 22:31 |  #1

In my search for cheap but quality lenses I just picked this up from Ebay, a Tokina 300mm F/2.8 AT-X SD II.

I've been looking for this AF version of the lens for many years, most that appear are the Nikon AIS mount, I've only seen one other Canon EF lens. The lens has a full metal construction with a durable coating, a 112mm filter and a click stop tripod collar.

I'm pretty happy I walked away a with mint version at a good deal of USD 1250, as I could never justify the price of the canon EF versions.

The lens is very sharp at f/2.8 but as normal with does better at stopped down.

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Jul 16, 2012 23:32 |  #2

Tokina makes some very nice lenses.


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Jul 16, 2012 23:38 |  #3

I had a Tokina 400mm f/5.6 ATX for a couple of years and it produced some pretty nice imagery. However the autofocus was sluggish and tended to hunt. I am wondering about the AF on this Tokina.


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Jul 16, 2012 23:48 as a reply to  @ RPCrowe's post |  #4

This lens reminds me a bit of my Nikkor AI-S 300mm f/2.8 IF ED..


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Jul 17, 2012 01:57 |  #5

Tis is the first time I see this lens, thank you man. I will be looking in to this. I use a friends 300mm canon the first version, about 25 years old...


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Jul 17, 2012 02:05 |  #6

RPCrowe wrote in post #14727411 (external link)
I had a Tokina 400mm f/5.6 ATX for a couple of years and it produced some pretty nice imagery. However the autofocus was sluggish and tended to hunt. I am wondering about the AF on this Tokina.

I've also got the Tokina 400mm, it's definitely slower than this 2nd generation lens.
I'd say this one would be a little slower than my Canon 300 f/4L.


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Jul 17, 2012 02:06 |  #7

yogestee wrote in post #14727439 (external link)
This lens reminds me a bit of my Nikkor AI-S 300mm f/2.8 IF ED..

Yes, it does remind me of the Nikkor, especially the finish of the body is very similiar


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Jul 17, 2012 02:08 |  #8

tunin wrote in post #14727820 (external link)
Tis is the first time I see this lens, thank you man. I will be looking in to this. I use a friends 300mm canon the first version, about 25 years old...

It's a lens that as been discontinued a long time ago, so it will be difficult to find.


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Jul 17, 2012 02:09 |  #9

yogestee wrote in post #14727390 (external link)
Tokina makes some very nice lenses.

They have great build quality and have always used metal bodies, however they seem to have more CA issues than similar Canon models but this can be fixed in post.


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Jul 17, 2012 02:20 |  #10

Sounds like the Tokina 100 2.8 1:1 Macro. Excellent build, sharp, etc, but slow to focus...I liked my 100. Also...congrats! Looks like a beauty of an addition to your collection :)


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Jul 18, 2012 04:17 |  #11

LowriderS10 wrote in post #14727869 (external link)
Sounds like the Tokina 100 2.8 1:1 Macro. Excellent build, sharp, etc, but slow to focus...I liked my 100. Also...congrats! Looks like a beauty of an addition to your collection :)

Yes pretty much the same as all Tokina lenses, great design, excellent build but older generation AF motors. Not as fast as Canon ring type USM lenses, but the design of this one has the AF moving the rear lens elements, so it's still spritely for it's age.


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Jul 18, 2012 09:26 |  #12

Congrats! Great looking lens at a good price.


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Jul 18, 2012 10:09 |  #13

Yeah these old 300mm f/2.8 lenses are a good buy... I remember seeing the Tokina and the Tamron going for less than a grand at one point but i think prices went up because people discovered they're pretty good lenses..

Does it work 100% alright on the 7D?


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Jul 18, 2012 10:31 |  #14

That looks pretty nice mounted on there!


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Jul 18, 2012 10:33 |  #15

never seen one of those, nice find.




  
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