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Tokina AT-X 165 PRO DX 16-50mm f/2.8

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#1 Dallas


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Posted 15 May 2009 - 18:42

Please post your experiences with this lens here. This topic will be indexed on our Equipment pages.

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#2 kanzlr


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Posted 18 June 2009 - 11:07

The sample I had went back after a few hours.

at 16mm it was pretty good, but at 50mm it was unusable at f2.8, ok at f4 and good at f5.6.
It was not a matter of AF, because i did test shots where even the sharpest point was hazy.

#3 RKPhotog


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Posted 08 November 2011 - 15:07

My experience was the opposite. I got massive CA at 16mm which needed F8 to bring down to a reasonable level. Never very sharp at 16mm. Move beyond 16mm and things get better. So for me it is an 18-50mm lens. The lens hood is pretty flimsy and when reversed can easily end up slipping down the barrel. Better to get the Nikon hood. Otherwise it is a fine performer and better built than some Nikkors I've seen lately.

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Posted 03 December 2011 - 10:59

I bought probably the second one on B&H's shelve and for me it was the best alternative I found for a DX lens in this focal length spectrum. I liked the results better than the Nikkor 17/55 or other brands that I tried. Wide and wide didn't find barrel distortion, vignetting or CA to be any worse than the other lenses and better than most with any problems easily corrected in LR. This lens has a robust build quality and on my D1X the colors, contrast and sharpness very pleasing. Wide open this lens was very usable and by f4 was very nice +1. This is the only DX lens I every bought and 3 years ago when I went to a D700 I no longer needed a wide DX lens so I soled it to a friend who values it highly. Now that I also have a D7000 I may borrow it and see how it is on this body.

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Posted 07 December 2011 - 16:26

I love this lens.... The build quality is excellent. However wide open the lens show some CA. That's why I shoot mostly at F4 and beyond. Center sharpness is pretty good. And most of the time I also shoot at black and white so it isn't visible.

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