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Registered: November 2009
Posts: 1
Tokina 24-200mm f/3.5-5.6 AT-X 242 AF review by charry
Review Date: 11/26/2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 0 

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Registered: May 2006
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Tokina 24-200mm f/3.5-5.6 AT-X 242 AF review by gadgetguy
Review Date: 12/14/2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

Pros: wide FL range, well-built
Cons: just above average on IQ

I used this lens years ago on my film SLR (Canon EOS 3) as a walk-around lens. It was a little heavy, but for the convenience, I couldn't complain.

Provided you don't need to output large prints, this lens should be more than adequate. 24mm is also a nice feature comapred to the (then) 28mm wide offerings of other ultra-zooms.

This lens is also built VERY well. it doesn't feel cheap at all. In fact, it feels like a really high quality lens.

Registered: December 2005
Posts: 4
Tokina 24-200mm f/3.5-5.6 AT-X 242 AF review by jeffreenz
Review Date: 12/27/2005 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $235.00| Rating: 9 

Pros: Huge focal range, considering it is a 24mm rather than 28mm; high quality construction
Cons: edge softness, susceptability to flare, pretty fat and heavy

You can only compare this lens to other wide focal range walk around lenses. This being said, this is the best of the 2x-200mm lenses around. For this type of lens it is very good but compared to less broad focal range lenses, it would be considered softish, especially at the edges. Color saturation is very good. Mine is in Pentax mount.

The real advantages of this lens over other similar lenses is that it is a 24mm rather than a 28mm at its widest and the 4mm sure makes a difference. Even with a APS sized DSLR this is a more usable lens because it is wider (36mm-38mm, still a wide angle). I found this more compelling that an additional 100mm at the long end offered in the 28-300mm lenses, which is not nearly as dramatic a difference.

The other reason for getting this lens, over a Tamron, for example, which I replaced with the Tokina, is the quality of constructin. The Tokina is much sturdier, tighter and, I think, less prone to damage with the large front barrel extension typical of this type of lens. I feel that just about any Tokina will be sturdier than any Tamron or Sigma. I have two wide focal range Tokinas [for different camera makes] which I use a lot and a Tamron [28-200mm] which I no longer use because of its less durable construction.


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