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Old Jul 16, 2003, 1:32 PM   #1
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Default More sharpness/crisp help me choose between these two....

Hi,

At the moment I use a 75-300mm f/4-5.6 Canon III lens.
The cheapest I believe.

I'm looking at a replacement and thinking about the following two contenders.

Tokina AT-X 840 AF II 80-400 F4.5-5.6
Tokina AT-X 340 AF II 100-300 F4

I use ALOT of zoom, and with the 300 I'm more than once running out of range so the 400 is appealing (and it's a bit cheaper).

The 100-300 has a lower F number however I don't feel like I miss a lot of light at this time with the Canon.

Does anyone know these two lensen.
Most important is more sharpness in the shots, bonus would be the 400mm and thel lower price.

The Canon was 289,00 the Tokina 840 925,00 and the 340 1465,00.

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Old Jul 16, 2003, 2:21 PM   #2
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Sigma AF 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO Asph.

I found this one and that should also be a good option :-).

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Old Jul 16, 2003, 2:27 PM   #3
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Frank,

If you're willing to spend more than 1400 euro, then consider the Canon EF 100-400 f4.5-5.6L IS USM. It goes for about $1300 in the US.

Add a 1.4x TC and you're at 1.4 x 1.6 x 400 = 900 mm max zoom on your 10D.

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Hi,

For the moment that's out of the question, unless I'm willing to divorce my wife .

The Sigma is looking like the best choice, we are trying to get a dealership anyway in the comming weeks so maybe I can arrange a nice price for myself.

It is offered on-line for 650,00.

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If you're looking @ Sigma, check out their EX line. Theses lenses have a higher performance optic as well as HSM which is the Sigma's ultrasonic version with all their benefit over standard lenses.

http://www.sigmaphoto.com/html/zoom_intro.htm

... the 135-400 is not EX nor HSM
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Hummm, dificult, I'm also offered this one : Canon EF 100-300/5.6 L
for $ 440,00 used.

Reading the reviews it's a rather good lens, maybe better an older L lens than a new Sigma or Tokina ?

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Look for my sample pictures of TOKINA 80-400.

It's sure not a non-plusultra-lens ... but for 499 Euro it's okay!

Why pay 1400 Euro for a lens I seldom use? For 900 Euro I can spend nice holidays with one or more girl friends :-)



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Hummm, dificult, I'm also offered this one : Canon EF 100-300/5.6 L
for $ 440,00 used.

Reading the reviews it's a rather good lens, maybe better an older L lens than a new Sigma or Tokina ?

Greetings,
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I don't know, better check it out first, but f5.6 is usually @ the limit of the camera's AF system... especially in low light! With a Sigma/Tokina/Tamron you can usually get wide f2.8 aperture for 1/2 the price and the weight of the 'L' series. Somebody will probably counter with superior test bench data, but are are you going to be shooting benches? Beside the 10D only uses the center best part of the lens and not the outer portion of the lens that tend to fall-off on test data like on a full-frame SLR!
Also with an f2.8 you can usually attach an 1.4x and 2x teleconverter (and still be under f5.6) doubling the lens useability...
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Thanks,

I decided to save some more and go for OR a second hand L 2.8 lens or a Sigma/Tokina.

I think that's the best bet.

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I read that you decided to save some more money.

I'll just thought this out for you consideration. The Sigma 50-500. I've never used it, but I there are many people who like it. Personally, I'd be impressed if someone could make a good 10x zoom. That wouldn't be very easy.

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