Thanks, Doug. That confirms what I find with my copy of the Tokina lens too. I am very happy with it and find it amazingly good for the money. Tokina made some very fine lenses in the past which I currently own for my Minolta manual focus cameras. The Tokina made Vivitar Series 1 90mm f/ 2.5 Macro lens is one of the finest lenses ever made IMO. So they are perfectly capable of making some good optics.
Dave, I found the article in FotoMagazin April 2005. Final results Nikon 4/12-24 DX G IF-ED Optical 78% Mechanical 76% Price 1300 euro Verdict 3 stars - good
Canon EF-S 3,5-4,5/10-22 USM Optical 68% Mechanical 71% Price 900 euro Verdict 4 stars - very good Tokina AT-X Pro 4/12-24 SD (IF) DX Optical 85% Mechanical 87% Price 540 euro Verdict 5 stars - super
The Tokina zoom is described in the editorial as : Excellent build quality Superior handling Mechanically robust Surprisingly low vignetting, only obvious at 12mm No limitations wide open Distortion low for 12mm Excellent resolution Focus and zoom ring very well positioned (ergonomic) And the shade gets a special mention too.
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