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

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Review Date: Feb 1, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Optically very good. Very strong and sturdy.
Cons:
Much lighter than the Nikon 28-70mm, but still heavy (about 800 grams). But I like that too, really.

It is usable at all focal lengths and apertures, except wide open at 50mm, where it is very soft. It's fine all over from f/4 and brilliant from f/5,6 up to f/11. I have used it intensively on a F100 for almost five years now. I use it for 80% of all shots and it still looks and feels great. I particularly like the IF (no extending lens barrel) and the practical af/mf switch. Very practical focussing range.
I have tested this lens often against my Nikon primes, looking at very high resolution scans (5400 dpi) of slow slide film. Only the corners at short focussing distances are noticably softer. No problem; I keep this limitation in mind when using it. It has never let me down.