TOKINA AT-X 70-200 F4 FX VCM-S


My first impressions...

I had the pleasure of taking the  AT-X 70-200 F4 FX VCM-S for a test run.

In the past I have used both the Tamron & Nikon 70-200mm F2.8, whilst not necessarily comparable due to the different f stop, it did still gives me a good sense of the kind of lens it needs to be. In the last few months, I have been taking the lens with me to play with it; to get a sense of how it handles; and, my first impressions are really good. 

It is a well made lens. I had the misfortune of accidentally dropping the lens from my bag! Whilst it was not from a great height, it did fall onto hard tile and concrete at the train station, surviving the incident seemingly unscathed much to my relief. It would appear that the lens is resilient and durable enough to withstand even my rough handling.

In testing the lens in the “field”, it showed itself to have great optical quality. The lens is very sharp and the images produced are of a high quality and have good colour rendition and nice bokeh.  On the downside, the lens does produce some chromatic aberration, as well as some slight vignetting.

For the more traditionalists out there, this lens does not have the distinct push/pull focus ring, that we see in the other Tokina lenses. It comes with a switch mode. There are two switches - Auto to Manual and the other for Image Stabilisation.

The auto focus is silent and has a good overall accuracy and consistency. Generally speaking though, it is a little slower than some of its competitors. So depending on what the intended use is for this lens, it may add limitations.

The image stabilisation on the lens is very effective, however, it does produce a slight noise when activated. 

Overall I've found the lens to be a great build, producing excellent image quality at an affordable price point! It is a great lens which I believe is probably geared more towards the prosumer and the amateurs or amateurs aiming to make that great big leap. For the professional, it would be totally acceptable to use and produces an image that anyone would be proud of. Ultimately, you need to decide for yourself what you want to photograph and this will invariably decide if this lens is right for you.

So to break it down into the Pros & Cons…. here we go:

PROS:

  • Sharp Image Quality

  • Good Colour Rendition

  • Good auto focus

  • Image stabilisation is effective

  • Nice bokeh

  • Durable

  • It's lighter than a f2.8

  • Excellent Price Point

CONS:

  • Slight Vignetting and minor fringing

  • Chromatic abberation and distortion

  • Auto focus is a little slower than its competitors

 

 

 

 

My first Impressions - Tokina AT-X 24-70 F2.8 Pro FX lens


Recently I had the pleasure of giving the Tokina AT-X 24-70 F2.8 Pro FX lens a test run.

First impressions, the lens shows itself to be a decent competitor in this space. On taking it out of the box, the weight and feel of the lens were what instantly struck me. Weighing in at just over 1 kg, it is at the heavier end of the spectrum in comparison to the Nikon & Canon Competitors.  

Aside from its weight, it has a very sturdy and solid feel. I think that its durability can be accounted for in its metal body and the rubber focus clutch mechanism ring. I will say that the distinctive push/pull ring is signature to the brand and is generally really easy to use. However, a word of advice, remember to pull it all the way to be effective. 

The lens hood is a petal style which also has an interior velvet lining. Again, another signature touch of Tokina.

I have had the lens with my Nikon D610 body for the last three months now. I've been using it for events, still life and landscapes (landscapes being my preferred genre) - it's been my general go to lens throughout. In the time that I've been using it, I haven't been disappointed with it. I've found that the lens produces sharp image quality, good colour and nice bokeh at F2.8. 

One thing that I did see was that there was some very mild fringing and vignetting (once I'd uploaded the images to my computer), however I found that this was easily fixed in LightRoom and at no detriment to the image quality. 

Overall I've found the lens to be a quality build, producing excellent image quality at a great price point! It's a great option for a walkabout/general use lens. I've really enjoyed using it and have definitely been impressed! It's a lens that I will keep in my camera bag kit!

PROS:
- Sharp Image Quality
- Good Colour Quality
- Sturdy / Solid Build & Feel
- Decent weight to the lens
- Signature AF/MF Focus Clutch Mechanism
- Versatile - a good all rounder
- The focus ring rotates Canon Style (wasn't sure if this was a good or a bad thing! haha)
- Excellent Price Point

CONS:
- If you don't pull/push the AF/MF Focus Clutch ring properly, it doesn't click in and work properly
- There is no inbuilt vibration stabilisation in the lens. This isn't a big concern for this type of lens, but there are other brands that do have this inbuilt.
- Minor Fringing and Vignetting
- Some may find the lens a bit too heavy and may also think that it may look a bit old school, but remember don't let looks deceive you!

 

SOME IMAGE EXAMPLES THAT I HAVE TAKEN USING THE LENS: