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Old Dec 19, 2003, 1:30 PM   #1
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Default Tamron, Tokina, Sigma, Canon

First I would like to thank all of those who responded to my other postings. Your sharing is much appreciated and has taught me much.

In response to a question I had to a friend in terms of quality among Tamron, Tokina, Sigma, and Canon, I was told that all make really good AND really lousy lenses. I cannot look at the manufacturer but specific lenses they make.

So, to all of you out there, I am wondering if this is true and what your favorite lenses are regardless of price and manufacturer. The most important factors I am looking for are color, sharpness and overall photo quality and second on build, speed, and price. This is not to say that build, speed and price are not important. They are.

(I had been looking at purchasing the Canon EF 28-70MM f/2.8L as I read extremely positive reviews on this lense and resolved myself to spending $1300. After my discussion with the friend, I have turned my attention to Tokina's AF 28-70MM f/2.8 AT-X Pro SV which I hear is also excellent--not just relative to Tokina's line but to everyone elses. And it costs only $280.)
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Old Dec 19, 2003, 4:43 PM   #2
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I LOVE the EX serie of Sigma, but also the more expensive Tamron's.

Canon makes in the L series I think the best build lenses, but I can never afford that I'm affraid, my Sigma 70-210 f2.8 APO is build like a tank (and weights the same) the new Tamron 28-75 f2.8 XRDi is also very very sturdy.

It's al in the range of lenses, I had a Canon 70-300 III and this felt like a dinky toy compared to the Sigma, I held a zoom L from Canon a few months ago and that was amazing buildquality.

for NORMAL use I think most lenses build quality will survive if you take care of them.

For myself I wanted everthing in f2.8 so than you are almost steered to the more expensive ranges.

Just go to a store and hold some lenses, although that can be VERY deceiving, I have a Tamron 90MM Macro f2.8 lens and it looks like crap it's very slow with focus (normal for a macro lens I heard) and it just looks cheap, but the pictures are STUNNING, and until now it survives everything so looks can be decieving.

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Old Dec 20, 2003, 11:35 PM   #3
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Check out http://www.photozone.de/bindex2.html and browse their lens database. It'll give you some indication which lenses are 'good' and which ones are 'bad' .

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Old Dec 21, 2003, 4:44 AM   #4
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Old Dec 22, 2003, 3:13 PM   #5
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Thanks NHL, I didn't know about that website. Very useful!

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