Has anyone used the Tokina line of lenses? I am a newbie at all of this photographic jargon. So I can am very confused with what to look for in a lens. I have a Nikon D50 (LOVE IT!) with the 18-55mm kit lens. what I am looking for is a decent lens that will give me good pictures without overlapping into my guitar budget. (yes I know pick one, guitars or cameras). I am not a pro, so I don't need a pro lens, but I also don't want a beater. I came across the Tokina lens on Ebay and found one for $170.00 28-300mm so I ask what say ye all?
I came across the Tokina lens on Ebay and found one for $170.00 28-300mm so I ask what say ye all?
I've owned 6 different Tokina lenses and still own 4, but they are all from the top of the line ATX or ATX Pro series. The 28-300mm, now discontinued, was from their lesser EMZ lines.
Of the 6 Tokinas I've owned, I'd rate two of them as excellent (20-35mm f/2.8, 90mm f/2.5 macro), one as very good (80-200 f/2.8), and two as merely good (24-40mm f/2.8, 28-70mm f/2.6~2.8). The final one is a 60-120mm f/2.8 which seems promising, but I need to use it more to make a final call.
But like many manufacturers, including Nikon, Tokina offers lenses at different price points and levels of quality. I haven't used or even seen the 28-300mm, but given it's price, range and age I wouldn't have high expections for optical performance.
For just a few extra dollars, you could get the Nikon 55-200mm lens. Or you could get a 70-300mm f/4~5.6 lens from Nikon, Sigma, or Tamron. I would expect any of those choices to outperform this particular Tokina.
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