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

atx828afpro
Review Date: Jul 19, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $439.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: F2.8, Build Quality,Value
Cons:
Slight Purple fringing in high contrast, Focus is a little slow on older cameras.

I've been a big fan of Tokina lenses so I thought I would check this one out, and like all the others that I have had it is a great value.
I also have the Nikon 80-200 2.8 afs and the focusing speed on the Tokina is obviously slower, but not much (on a D300) I would not hesitate to use this lens for a sports gig. I've also tested on my older D70s and focus was noticeably slower.
At 2.8 my copy is a bit softer that the nikon and image quality is just about equal at f4 (although I'm not a pixel peeper)
There appears to be at least 2 versions of this lens one with a screw on lens hood and one with a bayonet mount pedal hood, there may be other differences but I'm not sure. I'm guessing like the tokina 28-70 2.8 the screw on is the older. Also on the 28-70 the older version is the more sought after model, I'm not sure if this is the case with the 80-200, but many of the complaints that people have about this lens I don't see in my copy (screw on hood)