Tokina AF 300mm f/2.8 ATX SD APO Pro for Nikon AF

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Is this lense suitable for Digital? Would use it with a D50 for sports. I don't know Tokina that well, and it appears to me that it may be an older lense that may have flair problems.

What is the overall quality of this lens? Strengths? Weaknesses?

Any help anyone can give would be appreciated.
 
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My understanding is that Tamron, Tokina, and Sigma all have nice well regarded 300/2.8 AF lenses. Prices are certainly attractive but the various versions of the Nikkor 300/2.8 all have an edge I think. Good luck and post some images if you buy one.
 
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A kind of old auto focus Tamron won't woke with F100 and above and DSLR, please pay attention to that.
 
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Is this lense suitable for Digital? Would use it with a D50 for sports. I don't know Tokina that well, and it appears to me that it may be an older lense that may have flair problems.

What is the overall quality of this lens? Strengths? Weaknesses?

Any help anyone can give would be appreciated.
Harry, I have no experience with Tokina, but Sigma is a great alternative. For $2,600, it is a lightning fast focusing lens and built like a tank. RandyNikonCafe just bought a used one and loves it. Contact him if you would consider one.
 
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A kind of old auto focus Tamron won't woke with F100 and above and DSLR, please pay attention to that.
My 12 year old one works perfectly with my D200. So, that does not apply to all the Tamron 300 2.8's. And, a friend of mine bought one from KEH for around $695.00 and it works fine on his D200.

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Flygirl1...I envy you your photo kit and you plane! Do you know the exact designation for your lense (is it different than the one posted in the heading....my guess is it would be given the passing 12 years?) Thanks for the input given and any that may follow.
 
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From the pictures I've seen so far, I will agree with you on this. However, right now my budget just can't stand a Nikon even used, so I am trying to gather info on the off-brand alternatives out there for sports shooting. Sigma has enough glass in the game to have a following, but the Tokina and Tamron's are harder to get a bead on.

Thanks for you perspective, Mike.
 
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Harry,

I'm not sure this is relevant to your original question, since it was regarding a 300 f2.8, but I owned a Tokina 400 f5.6 purchased new in 1996. It did NOT auto focus or meter properly with my D50. Tokina said they could re-chip it for $65.00, but I elected to trade it. Be sure you can return one if you try it. Edit: Mine was the 400 f5.6 ATX SD APO.

Best of luck!!
 
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Flygirl1...I envy you your photo kit and you plane! Do you know the exact designation for your lense (is it different than the one posted in the heading....my guess is it would be given the passing 12 years?) Thanks for the input given and any that may follow.
My Tamron is designated as what is in my signature and so was my friends. Be sure to be able to try and return, but there are deals out there. Here are some examples with the lens.

With the 1.4 pro Tamron TC
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With the 2.0 TC
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The AF works well even with the 1.4TC on. The AF with the 2.0 is a bit slower. All metering works. But, this is on the D200, not sure of the D50.
Hope this helps
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Harry,
Tokina is a great lens, the only issue is that it may need to be re-chipped to work on the D50.
 
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