13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Purchased this lens last week - it arrived quickly and was well-packaged like all purchases from Amazon have been.
Was slightly apprehensive because Tokina isn't a brand I have heard much about - normally I wouldn't contemplate spending this sort of money on a lens i hadn't held and used. However it has been reviewed very highly so I took a gamble. First impressions are that it is very well made; predominantly plastic but very sturdy. It feels more solid than my Nikkor 70-300mm VR; which itself is a nicely-built lens. The zoom action is firm (not stiff) and precise and is the usual clockwise motion (why do Sigma insist on anti-clockwise?!). There is no zoom-lock but it holds firm… Read more
I don't actually own this any more but used to have one for my D80. The benefits are that it protects the camera from knocks and scratches, and perhaps water splashes too (tho it is not a water-tight seal by any means). It is a good fit so you can use all of the controls. As previously commented it perhaps acts as a detterent to theives.
The downsides are:
1. Increased weight and bulk - make sure it will still fit in your camera bag
2. The camera is much nicer to use without
3. Attracts dust - and is a pain to clean
4. feels 'sticky' to use
5. if you own a metal body like the d200, do you need it? a plastic body maybe, but the d200 and above are… Read more
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I bought this a few months ago to replace my standard Nikon 18-55mm VR 'kit' lens. First used it on a Nikon D80, now a D200.
Very sharp and crisp, fast + bright (large 2.8 aperture), solidly built, internal focusing, lens hood
Unstabilised (no VR), plastic body, not a 'true' macro lens (1:3 not 1:1), 72m filter thread (expensive to buy filters for this diameter).
To sum up, this is an excellent lens for the money. It isn't cheap cheap, but then it is a fixed 2.8 aperture zoom lens which is a might more sophisticated than a f3.5-5.6 kit lens. The only big negatives are that it is of plastic construction and has… Read more