#1. "RE: Tokina or Tamron 19-35" | In response to Reply # 0Higgins Registered since 29th Mar 2002Mon 13-Oct-03 04:17 PM
Well if the 19mm-35mm Tokina is anything like its predecessor the AF 20mm-35mm f3.5-f4.5.
You will have a cracking lens.
I had the use recently of the ATX AFD 20mm-35mm f2.8.
I found that to be equally as good as all the other Tokinas I have owned or used.
#2. "RE: Tokina or Tamron 19-35" | In response to Reply # 0blue rondo Registered since 19th Aug 2002Tue 14-Oct-03 06:59 AM
As a matter of fact I have a Tokina AF235-II (3.5-4.5) up for sale in the "I Want to Sell" forum:)
And I am about to put it on e-Bay. Be quick if you have any intentions to get one, I'd rather sell to a fellow Nikonian. KEH sells 'ex' condition for $205 and 'ex+' for $215, which I find surprising, because the price tag on the original box that I have reads $195. Mind you, mine has a few dents outside of the filter thread, although it is mechanically and optically perfect.
One important difference between AF235 and the new AF193 (19-35) is that the former is built like a tank for a supposedly consumer grade lens, period. (I call it my pseudo-consumer lens in terms of build qualit Yet I have read and heard from several sources that the new 19-35 shares the same optical design with what I have, so I think I can safely comment on the performance: It is a very sharp lens past f/5.6 and I cannot tell it from my 28-105 in the neighbourhood of f/8 in 8x10 prints as far as sharpness goes. I did not have any problems with flare, but then I always used the hood. AF speed is very good. Colour rendition is slightly 'cooler' compared to my Nikkors. I see that you have an F80, just like I do: Forget about using the built-in flash with this lens 80% of the time, but your SB80 might come handy.
There is but one problem: linear distortion. Just like any other wide angle zooms in its class, this baby too does not quite enjoy architectural shots and lines toward the edges of the frame...at least in my eyes. In other words, you get what you pay for. Otherwise, it is a wonderful lens. If you are after versatility for landscapes etc., this might be your ticket.
Tokina or Tamron? Never used the Tamron, nor have I seen it. I'd get the Tokina, because I have one and I like it. But we're talking lenses that cost 1/10th of the cost of AF-S 17-35, so any difference in real-world performance should be negligable to my mind. You cannot go wrong with one of them only: if you go wrong with one, then it means you'd go wrong with the other too
#3. "RE: Tokina or Tamron 19-35" | In response to Reply # 2blue rondo Registered since 19th Aug 2002Tue 14-Oct-03 07:02 AM
Btw, I think there was a debate a few months back which basically implied that some of the 19-35's around are in fact the very same lens, all produced by Cosina/Vivitar. If you dig out the archives you might as well find something about it.