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

Review Date: Sep 17, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $500.00 | Rating: 7 

Pros: Build quality Sharp Good focus Great value
Not USM Not IS Heavy Screw in lens cap

Got the lens 2nd hand from Japan. Came in mint condition, with original case, unused strap and lens cap.
I read several reviews (not many can be found), and came to the conclusion - confirmed when I received the lens - that this would be a great value for money.
The build quality is great (all metal). The focus is better than I feared when reading reviews. It is not usm, but not very noisy and fairly effective. I haven't tried yet in low light conditions though.
The image quality is quite good. However I haven't compared in with the sigma or the canon (haven't got them!). But at least, when I switch from my canon 24-70L to this, I don't feel like I'm on another planet. Maybe a tad soft at 200 2.8. But not a big problem for me as I use 200 2.8 to do portraits and blur the background, ie most of the image save for the subject.

All that for a price 40% less than the Sigma, and 60% less than the canon (non IS)...