Fabulous Lens

I am so impressed by this lens, I have to blog about it.

I’ve got the Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D and the Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D, both of which produce outstanding (world-class even!) colors, contrast, bokeh, and sharpness. I consider both to be must-have lenses. Those aren’t the lenses I’m blogging about now, though, those are just my benchmark.

The killer lens is the Tokina ATX 50-135mm f/2.8 PRO DX lens. This is a DX lens, made for crop-sensor cameras. It retails about $650, which is less than half the price of the Nikkor 70-200 (a roughly equivalent effective focal length). To me, its colors, contrast, sharpness and bokeh rival my two super-fast primes, and probably the Nikkor 70-200. No, it’s not f/1.4 fast, but f/2.8 is great for a zoom. Seriously, I’m blown away by this lens. Let’s compare.

First, a couple of nice shots from the 50mm.

 

 

And a nice shot from the 85mm (haven’t posted many from that lens on Flickr yet).

 

Now, the Tokina.

 

no post processing!

 

using the “sin city” Lightroom preset for colors, but look at that bokeh!

To me, this is another must-have lens if you have a crop-sensor camera (not a Canon 5D or 1Ds ??, or Nikon D3/D700, etc.) and need a medium-range zoom for wildlife, portraits, or sports. This lens is a steal for the money, almost as much bang-for-the-buck as a 50mm! Go buy one!

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