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02-20-2008, 07:40 AM   #1
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Opinion please - Tokina ATX 80-200 or Tamron SP 80-200?

If you had your choice between a Tokina ATX 80-200/f2.8 lens and a Tamron SP Adaptall 80-200/f2.8 lens, which would you choose? Anyone have experience with both?


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i had the tokina but my A70-210 hss better IQ. i chose to loose 1 stop for the diffence in weight. altho the A is still a heavy lens.. just couldn't see keeping both. the copy i had was MF so if this one is AF it may be different..
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I don't have experience with neither of both, but if I were to choose, I would go the Tammy way. I think the optical quality will be better (+ if you ever would sell your Pentax gear and go Nikon, you just have to buy the according Adaptall ring..)
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I had the tamron, it was very sharp and nice rendering and overall a very nice lens. from memory It was a pretty big and heavy lens though and suffered from 'blooming' at times.

I would expect that it is more expensive than the tokina esp once you add a mount (but dont really know). I paid about us$300 from memory + $50 odd for the mount around 2yrs ago. The tamron is expected to $699 new, if you could afford it, I would thing it would be a least worth waiting to see what is like


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I know you've selected only two lenses, but how about a third choice? The Sigma APO 70-200mm F2.8 II EX DG MACRO HSM for Pentax SDM cameras. You didn't say which Pentax camera you have, but if you have an SDM capable Pentax you can have Sigma's HSM for quieter and faster AF.
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tamron 80-200mm f2.8 model 30a

here's a sample of the tamron adaptall 80-200mm f2.8 probably at 200mm f stop unknown it was before I had my ka adapter. It is a big lens with a removeable tripod mount and metal bayonet mount lens shade. I really like mine

and one at f4.5

wide open f2.8

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German COLORFOTO had tested them both (with the Canon and Nikon together).
The Tokina performed better.

I love Tamron lenses (and still have a lot of them) - but in this case... I bought the Tokina and was quite happy with it.
(sold it when I stopped taking indoor sports shots).
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Here's a link that shows some old test results
Tamron SP Adaptall-2 80-200mm F/2.8 LD Model 30A

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Thanks to everyone. Is the Sigma available now? And what's the price?

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I have a MF Tokina and I really like it... You should wait for the new Tamron though I think.


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