Abes of Maine test on Tokina AF 16-50 F/2.8 AT-X Pro DX
Tokina is known for its high-quality lenses from the AT-X Pro Series. Following a request from their Twitter followers, Abes of Maine decided to test the quality zoom lens intended for DSLR camera users who want more than a lens kit which are usually weak in lighting power, average build quality and optical characteristics. Thanks to the steady aperture F / 2.8 throughout the range and the high-quality manufacturing, Tokina 16-50 deserves a place in every professional photographer bag.
- Design: 15 elements, 12 groups, 2 aspheric lens elements and one SD range 35mm equiv 26-80 mm (Canon 1.6 crop factor)
- Viewing angle: 82 to 31 degrees diagonally
- Number of diaphragm blades 9
- Maximum aperture: F / 2.8
- Minimum focusing distance: 30 cm
- Maximum magnification 1: 4.88 at 50mm
- Filter diameter: 77mm
- Dimensions: 97 x 84 mm
- Weight: 610g
Tokina 16-50 / 2.8 has a high quality build. While focusing the tubes don’t extend and don’t rotate. When zooming, the tube withdraws. The bayonet is made from metal, and the tubes and the rings are protected from dust which is laudable. The lens hood comes with the lens and the inner side is coated with textiles for additional protection from reflection.
As Abes of Maine concludes, the lens has a high quality build, constant aperture of f / 2.8 on the whole range and excellent sharpness, which makes it an excellent choice for both amateur and professional photographs. Given its affordable price, plus the discount offered with Abes of Maine coupons, this is one of those dealspluys you cannot afford to mis.