The AF Zoom-Nikkor 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF is a new lens (August 2000) and there are not enough reviews on the web yet. However, if you check at the specs you will find them very promising: http://www.klt.co.jp/Nikon/Press_Release/nikkor24-85.html Two aspherical elements may warrant superior optical performance. On the other hand, the Tokina AT-X PRO 280 was intended to be the direct competition of the 28-70mm f/2.8D IF-ED AF-S Zoom-Nikkor so it must be very good indeed. It is then obvious to see the dilema ...... uhm .... The Nikkor 24-85mm is about US$650 (grey), US$700 (USA) The Tokina AT-X PRO 280, 28-80mm f/2.8 is US$600 (USA) But the Nikkor gives you a wider angle, i.e. 24mm instead of 28mm. If on an impulse, I think I would go for the new Nikkor. Have a great time JRP My profile Previous photography stuff, before Nikonians: A Brief Love Story
#3. "RE: nikkor 24-85 F/2.8-4 or Tokina ATX PRO 280?????" | In response to Reply # 0
Tue 21-Nov-00 04:01 AM
Well...actually I know I'll buy nikkor 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5,so I also want to have a standard zoom range lens,so if I already have wide angle lens,do you think I should go for nikkor??or go for Tokina????
Check on your budget first. The 35-70mm f/2.8 Nikkor is a great lens, then ...... If not an obstacle go for the AF-S 80-200mm f/2.8 Have a great time JRP My profile Previous photography stuff, before Nikonians: A Brief Love Story
#5. "RE: nikkor 24-85 F/2.8-4 or Tokina ATX PRO 280?????" | In response to Reply # 0
Tue 21-Nov-00 02:07 PM
I know 35-70mm f/2.8 is a great lens,but how's AF speed??? Is it Internal Focus??will filter attachment rotate during focusing and zooming?my body is F90X,Can you tell me some more about 35-70mm f/2.8? thanks...
The 35-70mm f/2.8D AF Zoom-Nikkor is reputed to be one of the fastest Zoom-Nikkors, capable of handling low-light shooting situations. Constant 2.8 aperture throughout entire zoom range. Focuses down to 11 inches. Takes 62mm filters; it uses the HB-1 lens hood. Weight: 23.8 oz. Dimensions 2.8" x 3.7". AF speed? I feel it very fast on my F5, I have yet to try it on my F4s. Have a great time JRP My profile Previous photography stuff, before Nikonians: A Brief Love Story
To shoot, I craddle the body with my left hand so it is not a problem to keep the tip of a finger on the polarizer. Have a great time JRP My profile Previous photography stuff, before Nikonians: A Brief Love Story
SNAKE i tried both the tokina and nikon zooms this is what i found. The tokina is beautifuuly crafted i tried it in my local store and was so impressed i bought one, after a few days of playing with it (the lens i mean!)i thought it was a bit soft in the focus dept on my F100, just put it down to the amount of elements in the lens (16!).Took it on a job got the prints back and what do you know they were all soft!!! no good! Got my local store to get another in and also the nikon and the other tokina was the same, but the nikon was crispy sharp thru the viewfinder so i dumped the tokina in favour of the nikon. I have since found out that tokina did not test the lens on an F100 only an F5,so there could be an issue here, the nikon however does not seem as well constucted as the tokina polycarb as opposed to metal constuction. No ED element in the nikon either, plus the tokina seemed to distort significantly less, thru the veiwfinder anyway, but this could also have been due to the nikons wider range 24mm as opposed to 28mm which is very useful really, i am however quite happy with the nikon and have no plans to change it. I suppose the bottom line is that if you don't tend to smash your gear about then the nikon is great (lighter too)if tokina resolve the F100 focusing issue they will have a killer lens on their hands but right now i would stay away because if it doesn't work well on an F100 (IT MAY NOT WORK WITH OTHER NIKON BODIES EITHER)BEWARE! just my couple of pence or cents or whatevers worth thought you ought to know cheers jules
I have the Tokina, but have no experience of the Nikkor. I use the Tokina on my F4 where autofocus speed is not terribly good so I don't know how the Tokina will do on a more modern body. However, I can tell you that optically it is superb and that its construction is first rate. The autofocus clutch that can be disengaged by pushing and pulling on the focus ring is really great, and the smoothness of manual focusing is as good as any truely manual focus lens I've ever used. The fixed f/2.8 aperture is a joy. It uses 77 mm filters. I use Nikkors otherwise, but this is a great lens, especially for the price!