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Tokina 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 AT-X 840 AF D

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Review Date: Mar 14, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $350.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Affordable, long reach, light weight, lens hood had a filter wheel to rotate filter with lens still attached.
Cons:
IQ wasn't awesome at 400mm, length changed when zooming out

I needed long reach and could not afford the Nikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 80-400mm f/4-5.6D so I went with this.

I had just purchases a Tokina 16-50mm which I loved so I decided to check out Tokina's other offerings.

This lens was awesome, built like a tank yet still light weight. It gave me the long reach I wanted without the giant price tag. It did have some issues with IQ when you zoomed out but it was workable and I would have missed a ton of shots if it weren't for this lens.

Sadly I sold it when I went to all Nikkor lenses but were I on a budget or building up a 2nd body I would not hesitate to purchase this.


 
Tokina 16-50mm f/2.8 AT-X 165 AF PRO DX SD

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Review Date: Mar 14, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Giant Manual Focus Ring, Excellent Build Quality
Cons:
CA that takes some time to fix in post.

I bought this lens as my first f/2.8 pro-zoom and my first lens that wasn't a Nikkor.

It was my work horse lens for over a year and I loved every moment of it. I never really heard of Tokina before but upon research saw they were founded by former Nikon engineers so I decided to take a chance on a 3rd party lens and I did not regret it.

This lens was/is??? hard to find but luckily I found it on eBay and got a really good deal on it. I absolutely loved the manual focus ring and how easy it was to go from MF to AF. It's giant and would probably be useful for VDSLR people.

It was also built like a tank and the IQ was pretty superb although now that I have a Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED, it does not compare.

But if you're on a budget this lens is an easy decision!

Sadly I broke this lens by dropping it 5 feet onto hard concrete. However no glass elements broke, just the aperture blades became misaligned. I probably would have kept it and would still be shooting it! But alas I'm back on Nikkor only.