Nikon / Tokina 12-24 f/4 focus speed?

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I'm considering the Nikon DX AF-S 12-24 f/4 or the Tokina 12-24 f/4...the
test reports I've seen indicate that the Tokina is an excellent lens in
terms of optical and build quality. Does anyone know how it compares to the
Nikon AF-S lens in terms of focus speed?

TIA,
George
 
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On Sun, 3 Apr 2005 03:06:00 -0400, "George" <nowhere@newsonly.com>
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>I'm considering the Nikon DX AF-S 12-24 f/4 or the Tokina 12-24 f/4...the
>test reports I've seen indicate that the Tokina is an excellent lens in
>terms of optical and build quality. Does anyone know how it compares to the
>Nikon AF-S lens in terms of focus speed?
>
>TIA,
>George
>

I am shopping between these two as well. Where have you seen test
results? The Tokina is 1/3 the price of the Nikon, the Sigma is 3/4 of
the price but you can't use a filter on the front, and the Nikon is
excellent, but expensive. If the Tokina is not 1/3 the quality of the
Nikon I would be interested in it but I can't find any tests on it.
 
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On Sun, 3 Apr 2005 03:06:00 -0400, "George" <nowhere@newsonly.com>
wrote:

>I'm considering the Nikon DX AF-S 12-24 f/4 or the Tokina 12-24 f/4...the
>test reports I've seen indicate that the Tokina is an excellent lens in
>terms of optical and build quality. Does anyone know how it compares to the
>Nikon AF-S lens in terms of focus speed?
>
>TIA,
>George
>

Focus speed with wide angles=pretty much instantly. The lens doesn't
have to move much to focus.
 

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In article <VCM3e.88$cm4.46@fe04.lga>, "George" <nowhere@newsonly.com>
wrote:

> I'm considering the Nikon DX AF-S 12-24 f/4 or the Tokina 12-24 f/4...the
> test reports I've seen indicate that the Tokina is an excellent lens in
> terms of optical and build quality. Does anyone know how it compares to the
> Nikon AF-S lens in terms of focus speed?
>
> TIA,
> George


I had both of these lenses at the same time...The images are near
identical...Very difficult to tell one from the other. The only
difference was focus speed...The Nikkor was basicly instant and
silent....EXTEREMELY fast, but the Tokina was very fast....Not quite as
fast, BUT still VERY fast, and not as quiet...Not loud, but the Nikkor
was silent. I returned the Nikkor and kept the Tokina. Even if it was
only slightley less money, it would still be a good value, but at 1/2
the price, it was a no brainer.....I Love to Tokina....Build quality is
excellent as well....

JR
 

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George wrote:

> I'm considering the Nikon DX AF-S 12-24 f/4 or the Tokina 12-24 f/4...the
> test reports I've seen indicate that the Tokina is an excellent lens in
> terms of optical and build quality. Does anyone know how it compares to the
> Nikon AF-S lens in terms of focus speed?


Any reason not to consider the Sigma 12-24?
 

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McLeod wrote:
>
> I am shopping between these two as well. Where have you seen test
> results? The Tokina is 1/3 the price of the Nikon, the Sigma is 3/4 of
> the price but you can't use a filter on the front


I think you can put filters inside on the back, such as color gels I was
told. The front is too bulbous and includes an irregular shaped shade
permanently attached. The Sigma is the only full frame capable one.


> and the Nikon is
> excellent, but expensive. If the Tokina is not 1/3 the quality of the
> Nikon I would be interested in it but I can't find any tests on it.
 
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On Mon, 04 Apr 2005 08:08:24 -0700, paul <paul@not.net> wrote:

>I think you can put filters inside on the back, such as color gels I was
>told. The front is too bulbous and includes an irregular shaped shade
>permanently attached. The Sigma is the only full frame capable one.


I use filters for digital just to protect my lens front element when
it's banging around. I don't own a 35mm camera I would use the Sigma
on and I have read too many reviews saying the individual lens quality
can vary from very good to absolute garbage so the Sigma is out of the
running.
 

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Is it the one?
http://www.photo.net/equipment/tokina/12-24-f4/

JL

"JR" <jrhone@mac.com.invalid> wrote in message
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> In article <VCM3e.88$cm4.46@fe04.lga>, "George" <nowhere@newsonly.com>
> wrote:
>
>> I'm considering the Nikon DX AF-S 12-24 f/4 or the Tokina 12-24 f/4...the
>> test reports I've seen indicate that the Tokina is an excellent lens in
>> terms of optical and build quality. Does anyone know how it compares to
>> the
>> Nikon AF-S lens in terms of focus speed?
>>
>> TIA,
>> George
>
>
> I had both of these lenses at the same time...The images are near
> identical...Very difficult to tell one from the other. The only
> difference was focus speed...The Nikkor was basicly instant and
> silent....EXTEREMELY fast, but the Tokina was very fast....Not quite as
> fast, BUT still VERY fast, and not as quiet...Not loud, but the Nikkor
> was silent. I returned the Nikkor and kept the Tokina. Even if it was
> only slightley less money, it would still be a good value, but at 1/2
> the price, it was a no brainer.....I Love to Tokina....Build quality is
> excellent as well....
>
> JR
 

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"paul" <paul@not.net> wrote in message
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> George wrote:
>
> > I'm considering the Nikon DX AF-S 12-24 f/4 or the Tokina 12-24
f/4...the
> > test reports I've seen indicate that the Tokina is an excellent lens in
> > terms of optical and build quality. Does anyone know how it compares to
the
> > Nikon AF-S lens in terms of focus speed?
>
>
> Any reason not to consider the Sigma 12-24?

Several for me...the Sigma costs more, isn't constant aperture, and I've
never been
impressed with Sigma build quality. (BTW, try a search on eBay for "broken"
or
"needs repair" in the lens category...sometimes I do that looking for a lens
to get a
part from or for some non-photographic need...I've been amazed at how many
Sigma
lenses pop up on such a search and it is usually major stuff, not oily
diaphragm blades.)

But, I do thank you for mentioning an alternative choice...the Sigma would
bear consideration
for someone who wants to use the lens on a 35mm camera as well and doesn't
care about
the changing aperture (i.e., never uses it for carefully controlled studio
shots).

George
 

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That's the one...I didn't see anything about focus speed in the article.
Did I miss it?

Also, the article gave me another question: Does the Nikon mount version
have an
AF/M focus switch or the same clutch mechanism as the tested Canon mount
version?
It sounds like the clutch is nice once you get used to it.

George

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> Is it the one?
> http://www.photo.net/equipment/tokina/12-24-f4/
>
> JL
>
> "JR" <jrhone@mac.com.invalid> wrote in message
> news:jrhone-5C5820.11295403042005@news.west.cox.net...
 

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"McLeod" <cerveza@xplornet.com> wrote in message
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> On Sun, 3 Apr 2005 03:06:00 -0400, "George" <nowhere@newsonly.com>
> wrote:
>
> >I'm considering the Nikon DX AF-S 12-24 f/4 or the Tokina 12-24 f/4...the
> >test reports I've seen indicate that the Tokina is an excellent lens in
> >terms of optical and build quality. Does anyone know how it compares to
the
> >Nikon AF-S lens in terms of focus speed?
> >
> >TIA,
> >George
> >
>
> I am shopping between these two as well. Where have you seen test
> results? The Tokina is 1/3 the price of the Nikon, the Sigma is 3/4 of
> the price but you can't use a filter on the front, and the Nikon is
> excellent, but expensive. If the Tokina is not 1/3 the quality of the
> Nikon I would be interested in it but I can't find any tests on it.

I followed a few links to reviews from postings on dpreview (if I remember,
they were foreign (to the U.S.) websites..French? and/or Japanese? but in
English) and they actually rated the Tokina higher than the Nikon on both
optical
and build quality (!!!). I think the $$$ comparison is more like $500 (T)
vs.
$800 (N). Of course, I'd hold off until I read some reviews from sites that
I
am familiar with, but the Tokina sounds very promising. I know they've had
their ups and downs in terms of optical quality of various designs but I've
never
heard anything bad about their mechanical build quality.

George
 
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