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Old Sep 27, 2004, 1:50 PM   #1
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I have a Drebel with the kit lens. I've had pretty good results stopped down a bit but I want more reach. I read good things about the Tokina 24-200. As an old guy with bifocals, I am also looking at the Sigma 24-135 forits 2.8 viewing and focusing at the short end. Any commentsfrom lens owners would be appreciated. Thanks
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IMO you're getting more lens in the Tokina 24-200 than the Sigma... (both in construction and in the glasss)
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I personally have the Sigma, and although it is a nice lens, I never shoot at 24mm and 2.8. The lens is just too soft, and soon I will eb replacing it with (probably) the new 24-60 2.8 EX.

Not a bad lens, but not the greatest either.
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Old Sep 27, 2004, 11:36 PM   #4
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I will eb replacing it with (probably) the new 24-60 2.8 EX.
Why not the 18-50 f/2.8? IMO it's more usable on an APS-c sized cameras
http://www.sigmaphoto.com/Html/pages/18_50_EX_DC.htm



For a full frame (and 1.3x) this one is a constant f/2.8 as well:
http://www.sigma-photo.com/html/pages/20_40_ex.htm
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I'm actually not sold on the digital (1.6) only lenses. I am really not sure where I may go with equipment, and with taking classes I may need to pick up a film body. Iwould much rather have my lenses work with anything.

Have you seen a good review of the 20-40 or the 24-60 anywhere NHL?
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Old Sep 28, 2004, 9:28 AM   #6
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The kit lens covers 18-55. I am looking for something that goes longer. There are many nice wide angle zooms to consider for the Drebel butI want to zoom in on a lion at the zoo or get tighter shots of buildings. I live near Chicago and like shots along the river. I probably would not shoot any 2.8 lens at 2.8 unless it was a Canon L. Ithought composition and manual focus would be better with a faster lens soI am considering the Sigma.
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Manual focus is not actually as easy on a dSLR like it was on pre-AF cameras lacking a split-screen image. Have you tried? The f/2.8 is only at the wide but get darker as you zoom to the tele position on the Sigma 24-135

The Tokina 24-200 is actually one of the better ones as it's a parafocal design meaning it'll maintain focus while one zooms in or out. Most if not all Canon's are varifocal and won't hold focus even on some "L"! :O

http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...99&forum_id=65
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Thanks NHL for the comment and advice onmy post of the 16th. You are quite right. As an old Leicaflexand Nikon FM user, I miss the center microprisms when trying to focus. I am slowly getting more confident in the AF.I was willing to spend $ 50 for the half stop improvementthe Sigma offers over the Tokina. Now I amnot sure.I think I'll end up at a local Ritz Photo, or whoever carries both lenses, and compare viewfinder image brightnessand ease of manual focus. By the way, does anyone know if Canon offersalternative focus screens for the Drebel? Even on special order?


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The focusing screen is fixed I'm afraid, I believe you need to go higher up in the line to be able to change this screen...
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