china2k's reviews

  • Tokina 50-135mm f/2.8 AT-X 535 AF PRO DX

    9 out of 10 points and recommended
    build quality, zoom & focus fings handling, sharpness, focus range, bokeh blur
    close focus too long (1m could be better for e.g. 50mm lens), focus limit bang sound, a bit softer at 135/2.8

    My crosspost: Hi, got this awesome lens this week, based on SLRGear, FM, Optychne, and Photozone reviews. Many thanks to all, the recommendations are just fair!

    Overall impressed with the lens. I wish it would focus closer, cause over 1m at 50mm limits the creativity a bit. In particular, my intention is to use the lens as all-round portrait.

    AF is casual but fast enough, no worries here. Ofc it could be better with USM, I wish it was. I wish the IS would be there, too - at 100-135mm this quite heavy combo challenges the steadiness of handheld photography. When it comes out, it could be an ultimate one.

    Nothing moves or rotates, including MF focus ring during AF. I was searching for this aspect before, and it is not covered anywhere over internet. My 5 cents then.

    The field of view changes a bit with focusing - not sure if this is good or bad. Just noticed this phenomenon.

    The AF buzzes a little but nothing critical. When the AF hits the limit on both close and infinity ends, it bangs the limiter quite loudly - that is more important and can be irritating at times.

    Overall I feel confident and I'm looking forward to real shots!

    reviewed September 25th, 2009 (purchased for $780)