Dear fellow Nikonians, I´m thinking of upgrading to the D800. And I still have a Tokina AT-X Pro 2.6-2.8/28-70 stowed away somewhere... Has anybody tried that combination? Will the lens be good enough for this very demanding camera? The lens has served me very well in the old, analog days. But if it isn´t good enough, would the Nikkor AF-S 2.8/28-70 be better? Or do I have to go all the way to the 2.8/24-70? Thanks for sharing your experiences or your advice.
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Thu 04-Apr-13 04:12 AM | edited Thu 04-Apr-13 04:18 AM by Clint S
I think your Tokina lens would produce some acceptable images. stopping down to 5.6 or 8 should net very decent images. Wide open might be interesting though. I'd try this lens to see if it meets your needs before deciding not to keep it.
The Nikkor 28-70 is very close to the 24-70 in IQ, so unless making large prints I probably would find the best deal I could for either of the two lenes.
I had to replace my 24-70mm (it was stolen) and the new lens will be here tomorrow. And I just found someone near me that has an excellent 28-70mm for sale, so I'll have to make a choice here soon.
I own an older copy of the Tokina AT-X 270 f/2.8. It's the non-pro first generation version. I think it's plenty sharp for a 20 year old lens designed for 35mm film.
I would look at your shooting style. If you shoot a lot of action where you need a different angle of view at the snap of a finger, then I would go for the AF-S 24-70 for it's extra 4mm on the short end. I find 28mm to be my Tokina's biggest limitation.
That said, if you ar doing landscapes mostly or slow methodical shooting, I'd opt for a few prime lenses. The AF 24mm f/2.8 D is a great lens, as is the 35 f/1.4 and 50 f/1.4. They all rank very high on DXOmark.
You chan check out some samples on my flickr site of the Tokina I have on my D800.