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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2016 5:59 pm    Post subject: Tokina AT-X SD 2.8/80-200 (hazy element) Reply with quote

This one got mentioned in another topic about the AT-X 100-300. I never really used mine except for a few shots on film, mainly because i knew it had some mild haze inside.

Apparently this can not be cleaned, so taking it to pieces is not going to happen! Instead i decided to use it on digital for the first time and took a walk with it on the A7.

The haze is not visible in the pictures, even wide open it produces nice pictures, although with a little less contrast and some CA, but that is not a problem in LR.

I'm glad i took it out, i like the results and i think this thread can be seen as the proof that the haze of the SD element does not mean that the lens is a write off!

First picture is straight out of camera, no PP at all, it's a converted RAW shot from LR. Second is a crop of the same shot and third is the same picture with some PP. Number 4 is also shot wide open, f/2.8.

Stopped down it's really a nice lens, plenty sharp with nice colors!

Thanks for looking, cheers, René!

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Fishing in Flushing by René Maly, on Flickr

4. wide open
On the gun by René Maly, on Flickr

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Pilot by René Maly, on Flickr

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Blvd. De Ruyter by René Maly, on Flickr

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CLS AMG by René Maly, on Flickr


PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2016 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My copy of this great lens is also very hazy, just on the one element - apparently the SD element is the one affected and it's not possible to clean the haze. Which is a shame as this is truly an excellent lens, but all is not lost.
The result of the haze seems to be a loss of contrast and nothing more, my copy is still very sharp, and any effect on the aperture speed would surely be marginal ? I still use mine in low light and enjoy the benefits of the fast f2.8 aperture - if that's what it is now.

The loss of contrast is easily corrected in any simple post processing, the picture of the pigs was done in Photoshop with the 'Auto Contrast' setting and the stage picture was corrected in Faststone by using the 'Auto Colour' setting. Other than resizing, no other processing.









This lens was dirt cheap, it's in excellent condition other than the haze and it cost me 5 from some dealers box of junk at the local camera fair. It was worth a lot more, and I use it a lot.


PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2016 2:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good job on getting rid of the haze, Lloyd. I just use the "curves" function in PhotoShop. That's almost always sufficient in restoring a realistic looking contrast in my photos that are lacking it.

I need to test my AT-X 100-300 for it. It isn't visible just looking through the lens. so I guess I need to try it with a subject that is supposed to create this halo effect. I have an AT-X 150-500 on order -- should arrive within the next day or two -- and I'll need to test it for this same condition as well.


PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2016 5:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My copy of this zoom lens came full of fungus. And I was able to access and clean off the stuff from all the affected elements.
I will assume that the haze isn't removable due to permanent coating defect, and not due to access. This model is quite straight forward to disassemble.

Oddly, I've come across quite a number of vintage Tokinas suffering from haze. Even when the element has no exposure to air, the coating deteriorated.
I'll have to pull out my 80-200 f2.8 and take a look at it. I don't use my big zooms much.


PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2016 7:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for showing real world impact from SD element haze Wink
Contrast lost, almost like SC vs MC coating.


PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2016 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lloydy wrote:
My copy of this great lens is also very hazy, just on the one element - apparently the SD element is the one affected and it's not possible to clean the haze. Which is a shame as this is truly an excellent lens, but all is not lost.


Indeed, all is not lost, which you show quite well, even though yours seems to be worse than mine, it really is a nice lens!!

Cheers, René!


PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2016 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

WNG555 wrote:
My copy of this zoom lens came full of fungus. And I was able to access and clean off the stuff from all the affected elements.
I will assume that the haze isn't removable due to permanent coating defect, and not due to access. This model is quite straight forward to disassemble.

Oddly, I've come across quite a number of vintage Tokinas suffering from haze. Even when the element has no exposure to air, the coating deteriorated.
I'll have to pull out my 80-200 f2.8 and take a look at it. I don't use my big zooms much.


Yes, please let us know what you find, and how it performs.


PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2016 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The haze is quite severe in my lens, just on one element I think. I haven't dismantled it that far yet. To see it you need strong light shining through, such as a LED torch, it is visible in normal light but only just. Which might explain the loss of contrast when the lens is used in bright light as both my pictures are. Lower light pictures are hardly affected, both of these are from the same day, same ISO etc but taken in the shade. No processing at all.





I tried the Auto Colour setting in Faststone and it lightened the fungus picture a lot, and turned the green background to bright blue in the flower picture. Neither picture benefits from an increase in contrast, in fact it makes both worse.


PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2016 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

cooltouch wrote:
WNG555 wrote:
My copy of this zoom lens came full of fungus. And I was able to access and clean off the stuff from all the affected elements.
I will assume that the haze isn't removable due to permanent coating defect, and not due to access. This model is quite straight forward to disassemble.

Oddly, I've come across quite a number of vintage Tokinas suffering from haze. Even when the element has no exposure to air, the coating deteriorated.
I'll have to pull out my 80-200 f2.8 and take a look at it. I don't use my big zooms much.


Yes, please let us know what you find, and how it performs.



I managed to dig out my two AT-X zooms, and inspected them with a CREE LED.
The 80-200mm passed with no sign of haze.
The 100-300mm looked clean and clear when I took it out. But the LED revealed haze developed on some inner element. Like shining a light through fine mist.
Not the front objective SD element.
#$#@!%$!$%
It probably won't affect imaging severely. But will see if I can shoot some subjects over the weekend.


PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2016 11:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

WNG555 wrote:

But the LED revealed haze developed on some inner element. Like shining a light through fine mist.


That is how i would describe the haze in my copy. As you can see above, it's no big deal, just enjoy your lens!


PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2016 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, it shows up with strong light such as LED torch but is barely visible without. Mine is not even across the affected element either.


PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2016 1:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

WNG555 wrote:
My copy of this zoom lens came full of fungus. And I was able to access and clean off the stuff from all the affected elements.
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Could you elaborate a bit about HOW you cleaned the Tokina 2.8/80-200mm? I recently bought a AT-X 2.8/80-200mm with fungus in the front section, and i'd love to clean it!

Thanks in advance!
Stephan


PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2016 2:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

stevemark wrote:
WNG555 wrote:
My copy of this zoom lens came full of fungus. And I was able to access and clean off the stuff from all the affected elements.
...


Could you elaborate a bit about HOW you cleaned the Tokina 2.8/80-200mm? I recently bought a AT-X 2.8/80-200mm with fungus in the front section, and i'd love to clean it!

Thanks in advance!
Stephan


The front elements are accessed by first locating and loosening one small set screw near the front of the rim. You'll need a quality flat bladed screwdriver.
Remove the set screw and store aside.
Now the front red ring/threaded filter ring can be loosened and unscrewed. Once off you'll see the standard slotted retainer rings securing each front element.
It's straight forward from here. Each element can be removed until you gain access to the zoom's floating element assembly. That could be unscrewed as a unit and disassembled further if fungus is on any of those as well.

Cleaning solutions were ammonia-based glass cleaner, isopropanol, followed by a final wipe with dedicated lens cleaning fluid. Lot's of cotton swabs and lens cleaning tissue.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2016 5:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

WNG555 wrote:

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The front elements are accessed by first locating and loosening one small set screw near the front of the rim. You'll need a quality flat bladed screwdriver.
Remove the set screw and store aside.
Now the front red ring/threaded filter ring can be loosened and unscrewed. Once off you'll see the standard slotted retainer rings securing each front element.
It's straight forward from here. ...

Thanks a lot for your information! - I just dismantled and cleaned my AT-X 2.8/80-200mm (only the two front elements were affected). The lens, now clean, will be tested soon with my A7 Wink

Stephan


PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2016 7:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

stevemark wrote:
WNG555 wrote:

...
The front elements are accessed by first locating and loosening one small set screw near the front of the rim. You'll need a quality flat bladed screwdriver.
Remove the set screw and store aside.
Now the front red ring/threaded filter ring can be loosened and unscrewed. Once off you'll see the standard slotted retainer rings securing each front element.
It's straight forward from here. ...

Thanks a lot for your information! - I just dismantled and cleaned my AT-X 2.8/80-200mm (only the two front elements were affected). The lens, now clean, will be tested soon with my A7 Wink

Stephan


That's great! Looking forward to seeing photos from your new acquisition.


PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2019 2:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How did you separate the elements in the front group?

Ed