Tokina 50-135mm f/2.8 DX AF Lens Reviews & Specifications

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The AF Performance of the Lens is Very Good Both in Terms of Speed and Accuracy

Tokina 50-135mm f/2.8 AT-X 535 PRO DX Autofocus Lens

The new Tokina AT-X 535 PRO DX zoom lens is a 50-135 with a fast constant aperture of f/2.8. This lens gives digital photographers the similar to the industry standard 80-210 telephoto zoom lens in 35mm camera terms but is much more compact and lightweight.

The lens features SD glass lens elements to correct for chromatic aberrations and focuses all colors accurately at the film plane, making the AT-X 535 PRO DX an APO lens. The front element has a newly formulated WP or "Water Proof" optical coating on the glass. This new coating makes marks such as spots left by water or finger-prints much easier to clean than standard multi-coating.

Note! Not recommended for use with "full-frame" FX digital or 35mm film SLR cameras. AF not supported by D40 and D60 cameras


Other features include a built-in tripod collar and

• AT-X  Designation
Dedicated to sophisticated design and engineering, Tokina makes lenses with an excellent reputation; the best of these bear the AT-X designation, denoting "Advanced Technology-Xtra." These models--bearing a gold stripe indicating premium grade optics--include the most advanced technology, superior mechanisms, and lens coatings. 

• DX Designation
Tokina's DX designation is on lenses designed to be mounted on APS-C cropped sensor cameras, except that while they can be mounted on other EOS cameras, the projected image is too small to cover the whole sensor. Also, the Tokina lens is designed for the 1.5 crop factor (used by Nikon, Pentax and Sony) and not the 1.6 crop factor used by Canon.  

• One Touch Focus Clutch Mechanism
A refinement of the focus clutch mechanism has been incorporated in the AT-X 280 AF PRO Nikon and Canon mount, so that now the lens’ focus ring can be snapped back to the manual focus position at any time, from any position. This improvement means it is not necessary to change the AF/MF switch (on the body with Nikon or the lens with Canon) every time the lens is changed from auto focus to manual focus mode.

• WR - Water Repellent optical coating on the glass
This new water repellent coating makes marks such as spots left by water or finger-prints much easier to clean than standard multi-coating

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Lens styleZoom lens
Max Format Size APS-C / DX  
Lens focal length50 – 135 mm  
Stabilization type No  
Camera mount Canon EF, Nikon F (DX)  
Angle of view 31° 3’ ~ 11° 8’  
Aperture (lens diaphragm)
Largest aperture opening F2.8  
Smallest aperture opening F32.0  
Includes aperture ring No  
Total diaphragm blades 9  
Total Elements 18  
Number of Groups 14  
Coatings / special elements SD element  
Minimum focus distance 1.00 m (39.37")  
Autofocus type Yes  
Lens motor Screw drive from camera  
Full time manual focus Unknown  
Focusing method Internal  
Focus notes Canon version includes AF micromotor  
Lens distance scale Yes  
Depth of field scale Yes  
Physical features
Overall weight845 g (1.86 lb)  
Lens diameter 78 mm (3.08")  
Overall length 135 mm (5.32")  
Lens color Black  
Zooming method Rotary (internal)  
Filter thread size 67 mm  
Lens hood included Yes  
Lens hood code BH-671  
Tripod collar included Yes


Lens Includes
Lens Hood BH-671

Tokina 50-135 review, April 19, 2009

By Chris Draper (St. Louis)

This is my second Tokina lens, my first was the 12-24mm. Folks if your considering a "daily driver" type lens, this is a good one. I really considered a sigma which would give me up to 150mm and I already have a sigma tele-converter. But, if I want a Zoom, I have one.

I needed a lens for everyday use and this is a Great lens and not just because of the cost savings. The 50-135mm is sharp, very sharp, great detail and built to last.

If you're into name brand products, you know who you are, because you're reading this in Nike Shoes this lens may not be for you. If your not driven by branding, this is a must have for the Bag. 5 out of 5 stars.

Great Portrait Lense with Some Issues, October 27, 2008

By Michael Sibley "BearTracksMedia" (Texas)

I purchased this lense specifically for shooting portraits. For that use it's a wonderful lense. Very sharp and easy to focus. I really like the tripod mounting ring because it allows me to switch between portrait and landscape with just a flip of the lense without moving the camera.

One issue I have is that when I mount it on a tripod using my Nikon D300 my quick release base blocks access to the wired remote shutter release socket. The only other issue I have is with the butterfly lense hood. It cannot be rotated so the large leafs are at the top when in the portrait orientation. So when I shoot verticals I have very little lense protection from my top light (Hair Light). I replaced the supplied hood with a third party hood which works no matter which way the lense is oriented.


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