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Old Oct 9, 2011, 5:37 PM   #1
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how would you organize the following lenses from best 2 worst

canon 80-200 f/2.9
tokina 80-200 f/2.8
tamron 70-200 f/2.8
sigma NON OS 70-200 f/2.8

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Old Oct 10, 2011, 12:19 PM   #2
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Are you talking current production or older lens'? The Canon 80-200 F2.8 (known as the Magic Drain pipe) is long out of production, but is very highly prized for it's picture quality. The others seem to be current models. Also what criteria would like them to be ranked by? Steven
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Old Oct 10, 2011, 2:30 PM   #4
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Steven is on the money. First, you need to clarify which canon lens you're talking about: older 80-200 2.8, 70-200 2.8 non-IS, 70-200 2.8 IS vI or 70-200 2.8 IS vII? Second, what criteria? How do you intend to use the lens?

For example, if you're going to use the lens for action, focus speed becomes important. If you're just planning on using it for static subjects, focus speed isn't as important and image quality is the primary driver. As an example, the sigma 70-200 2.8 vs. Tamron 70-200 2.8. The tamron is slightly sharper than the sigma but the sigma is much faster to focus. So, the sigma is the better choice for sports shooters even though the IQ is slightly less. But, there's also the aspect of build quality, potentially weather sealing (of course you need a body that is sealed too).
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Old Oct 11, 2011, 10:19 AM   #5
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thank you for your replies
i'm talking about the magic drain pipe yes.

i'm looking for some used lenses, so i guess i can put the canon 80-200 in the list
the use?
low light issues (concerts, indoors, etc..), portrait and motorsports, so i need some fast focus and sharp image

i own a 350d, but if a good deal shows i may upgrade for 450/550d ou 30/40d
the tele will pair up with a tamron 28-75 f/2.8

the problem about the canon 80-200 is that is rare, and so the tokina.
i would love the canon 70-200 f/2.8, but the budget only goes to the f/4 version
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I tried a Magic Drain Pipe once and it produced spectacular shots, IQ on par with the best, but the lens does not focus as fast the current canon versions. Also be aware that Canon will not service these and parts are becoming harder to find. They are around, you just need to watch on some of the buy and sell boards. as far as the others, I can't say. Steven
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