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Tokina 28-70mm f/2.8 AT-X 287 AF PRO SV

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Review Date: Nov 18, 2005 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 3 

 
Pros: well build
Cons:
heavy, picture quality

After reading a few good reviews for this lens I decided to buy it to replace my Nikon Nikon 28-80mm f/3.3-5.6G AF that came with my D70. After a nice day in the woods I came home to view the pictures on my screen and was disappointed. Not a single picture was focused. The switch from autofocus to manual focus on the lens didn't work at all and the autofocus was always a little bit off. So I tested the lens at a setting of 50mm f4.5 on a tripod and compared it to the Nikon 50mm f/1.8D and AF Nikon Nikon 28-80mm f/3.3-5.6G AF at the same setting. The pictures from the Tokina lens were all not focused and the other lenses gave me clear and sharp pictures. Luckily I bought it from B&H, so returning the lens was just a phone call and a trip to the postoffice (and about $20 total for shipping). So obviously the quality is not always good and you have to be lucky to get a good lens. No more gambling for me, I'm done with Tokina, I will try the Sigma instead.