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Tokina 80-200mm f/2.8 AT-X 828 AF PRO

Review Date: Nov 11, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $300.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Very sharpe. Compares to my Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 that was stolen at less than 1/3 the price.
Heavy, but its a 80-200mm f/2.8zoom and no heavier than the equivalent Canon "L" Lens.

I purchased this lens several weeks ago to replace a Canon "L" which was stolen. My first endeavor was to take some shots that I had equivalents of from my Canon lens. I compared about 10 shots using f/2.8 and f/8 apertures and I was amazed that the Tokina was the same on f/8 shots and slightly better on the f/2.8 shots. I then compared it to my Tamron 35-105mm at 105. I think the Tamron is the sharpest zoom lens I own. The Tokina was equal @ 105mm f/8 and just slightly less sharpe at 105mm f/2.8. This lens is fast becoming my favorite lens.
Befor I bought this lens on Ebay I looked at all the reviews. It was interesting in that all the professional photographers gave the lens their highest ratings. While all the amatures gave lower ratings. I don't know what that proves, but in this case I am glad I sided with the pros and bought this lens.