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Tokina AT-X 165 PRO DX AF 16-50mm f/2.8 35mm Zoom

4 star rating
                      4 / 5 (1 Reviews)
MSRP : $660.00
Focal Length : 16mm - 50mm | Max. Aperture : f/2.8  | Focus : Autofocus  

    Camera FormatDigital SLR
    Lens TypeZoom Lens
    Focal Length16mm - 50mm
    Lens Max Aperturef/2.8
    Min Aperturef/22
    Focus TypeAutofocus
    Macro LensWith Macro Lens
    Macro Magnificationx 0.08
    Closest Focusing Distance11.8 in
    Diaphragm Blades7 Blades
    Picture Angle31 - 82 degrees
    Attachment / Filter Size77 mm
    Groups / Elements15 Elements in 12 Groups
    Designed for Digital CameraYes
    Diameter3.3 in
    Length3.8 in
    Weight21.5 oz
    Product ID45278531

Product Description

Designed for APS-C sensor digital SLRs, the Tokina AT-X 165 PRO DX makes an excellent standard lens giving the digital photographer the equivalent of a 24-75mm lens in terms of film. The front element of the AT-X 165 PRO DX has a newly formulated WR or “Water Repellent" optical coating on the glass. Available for APS-C sensor Canon EOS and Nikon-D digital SLRs.

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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by darrenmilesphoto a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: March 10, 2010

Strengths:    Center Sharpness at all focal lengths and Aperture settings
Best build quality in this class by far
To a layman, if you took the same picture with the Canon, they couldn't tell the difference

Weaknesses:    Edge softness at wider apertures

Bottom Line:   
Its almost impossible to find reviews for this lens on a Canon mount (Photozone did a Nikon-mount review.)

I was going to go for the Canon 17-55mm 2.8 (after saving my pennies) or the Tamron 17-50mm 2.8. What lead me to this lens was purely my experience with the Tokina 11-16mm 2.8 - which has just been outstanding.

This lens usually makes its way on my 7D most of the time - occassionally it'll be on my Rebel XSi.

I couldn't afford the Canon, and the Tamron's AF motor sounds like a Buzz Saw - which can be really distracting during wedding vows. The Tokina is virtually silent when compared to the Tamron, its only slightly louder than Canon's USM.

Picture quality has been stellar on my 7D, I find it sharp from corner to corner. Center sharpness at 2.8 is practically on par with the Canon and the Tamron - the edges get soft at 2.8. Stopping down resolves practially all the corner softness.

Bottom line, if the Canon is a 9.5 (on a 1-10 scale) then the Tokina would be a 9.25 - The Tokina is ever so slightly inferior in image quality - and I'm talking if you're one of those 100% crop pixel-peepers - the Tokina has MUCH better build quality - where the Canon is mostly plastic, the Tokina is mostly metal and feels a lot more substantial.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $549.00

Purchased At:   Adorama

Similar Products Used:   Canon EF-S 15-85mm
Sigma 24-70 HSM 2.8

Type of photography:   People

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