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Tokina 28-80mm f/2.8 AT-X 280 AF PRO

Review Date: Mar 1, 2006 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 3 

Pros: Cheap
Cheap, Soft

Soft, Soft, Soft.
Bought this lens thinking I was saving about $800 over the Nikon 28-70 but getting about the same thing. Went to shoot a job in Iceland, lots of landscapes and open vista shots with models in foreground. Returned to the US and promptly returned the lens to the dealer.
If you don't shoot chromes and you don't edit on a light table with a good loupe and you don't sell any shots then this lens may be ok for you, it is significantly cheaper than the "name brands". If you care about sharpness though, save a bit longer or dig a little deeper, this glass just doesn't cut it.

Nikon 28-70mm f/2.8 ED-IF AF-S

Review Date: Mar 1, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharpness, focus speed, build quality
Weight, Price

I bought a Tokina 28-80 2.8 thinking I was clever and saving about $800. The first job I shot with the Tokina was also the last, it was about as sharp as a marshmallow. As soon as I returned from the job I brought the Tokina right back to the store and uptraded to the Nikon.
A studio which I do some location shooting for called me after I submitted a job, shot largely with this lens, to them; not usually a good sign!! The boss wanted to know what lens I shot the job with because he had never seen 35mm images as sharp and bright from an "auto" SLR: this from a guy who spends his time behind Hassleblads and 8X10 Sinars, and owns a couple of Leicas for playing with.
Need I say more?