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12-24 Mm, Nikon Vs. Tokina  
User currently offlineBeechcraft From Germany, joined Nov 2003, 828 posts, RR: 41
Posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4033 times:

Hi all,

the Headline almost says it all.

Does anyone own one of those lenses, or got a chance to compare them?

I´ve been through several google searches and the opinions on the Tokina range from "much better than the nikon", over "same quality, but better price" to "absolute crap".

So, any opinions here?

Denis


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User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9633 posts, RR: 68
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4029 times:
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I have only used the Nikon, and it was great, but at $1000 quite a bit of money.

You might also look at the Signa, which can also be used on 35mm film bodies...


User currently offlineScbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12567 posts, RR: 46
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4006 times:
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I have the Nikon 12-24mm and think it's a damn fine lens. In photography, as in much of life, you get what you pay for.

Some recent examples with said lens (shameless plug):

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User currently offlineIngemarE From Sweden, joined Mar 2005, 285 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3986 times:

As Swedish photo-magazine ( named: Foto) had a test, not too long ago, where they tested 12-24's from Nikon, Sigma and Tokina.

The Tokina came out on top, by quite a margin! I tried it, and I liked it. Most of all, I liked the end-results.
Hope it helps!!


/ Ingemar



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User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 18
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3973 times:

Ingemar, I've also seen a test in a Dutch magazine where they tested the 28-70 AF-S and 80-200 AF-S against the Tamron 28-200 Mk II.
The Tamron came out on top by a wide margin...

The reasoning was simple: the Tamron is cheaper, lighter, and smaller, and you never have to switch lenses.
The optics were never taken into consideration at all.

That same issue had 2 fullpage ads for Tamron, they'd not carried a single ad of any size for Nikon in almost a year.

Not saying the Tokina isn't a good lens, but I've seen enough incredibly bad reviews to not place much confidence in them.

For wideangles especially I'd always go for Nikon. They are the kings in wideangle lens design.
Tokina are probably good seconds, a group of Nikon lens designers leaving the company to start their own must have some expertise  Wink



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User currently offlineIngemarE From Sweden, joined Mar 2005, 285 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3955 times:

Jwenting,

You cheeky b*gger!  Big grin

Seriously though.......
This was a strict "performance-test", without any considerations to pricing.
"Foto" usually carries a lot of Nikon adverts, so I don't think this was a "ad-hoc"-job.  Wink

/ Ingemar



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User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 18
Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3943 times:

cheeky? Sure. But I'm no bugger Big grin

Personally I've lost my soul to prime Nikkors. If I were looking for a very short lens for a DSLR I'd look no further than the 10.5mm DX Nikkor.
Sure it's a fisheye, but that would make it distintly different from the 20 and 35mm Nikkors I already have...
If I had a requirement for something that's not a wideangle I'd go for the 14mm Nikkor instead if I had the money.

For the money I can see how a magazine would call the Tokina the better buy compared to the Nikkor based on value for money.
At half the price and probably close to 90% the optical quality it's a steal.
And I must say I absolutely love my Tokina 28-70 f/2.6-2.8 AT-X Pro. It's an excellent lens and I see no reason to replace it with the equivalent Nikkor even if I'd nothing better to do with €1500 (compared to the good 300 I paid for the Tokina, bought it discounted when it was discontinued).



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User currently offlineIngemarE From Sweden, joined Mar 2005, 285 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 3936 times:

Quoting Jwenting (Reply 6):
Tokina 28-70 f/2.6-2.8 AT-X Pro

Hmmmm,....need to check that one out!
2.6 - 2.8! That's odd. To say the least!

Quoting Jwenting (Reply 6):
cheeky? Sure. But I'm no bugger

What can I say!?! My language is rather "colorful"! Big grin
Sometimes I wish I'd  ziplip  !!



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User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 18
Reply 8, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 3922 times:

the f/2.6-2.8 was replaced by the f/2.8 in 2001 or early 2002.


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