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Old May 19, 2003, 9:28 AM   #1
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hi there,

i am using a tokina at-x 80-400 with my s2pro
i do lots of sports-fotos (motorbikes) with this combo


but the af is quite slow and now i am searching a faster affordable one

do you have any hints? or any links where to buy one second hand or new?

steve allready mentioned the
http://www.tamron.com/35mm/35mm_af/a28300a06.htm

what else could i look for?
would be nice if you allready made some experiences with other lenses

best ... phil
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Old May 19, 2003, 9:57 AM   #2
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HI,

Tough price $$$$

I know there FAST LENSES is: Nikon with "AF-S" like say 70-200 AF-S. For Sigma say "HSM"

AF-S or HSM are expensive. I am not sure for Tamron.

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HI,

Tough price $$$$

I know there FAST LENSES is: Nikon with "AF-S" like say 70-200 AF-S. For Sigma say "HSM"

AF-S or HSM are expensive. I am not sure for Tamron.

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but the af is quite slow and now i am searching a faster affordable one. do you have any hints? or any links where to buy one second hand or new?
The Nikon 80-400VR may be a little faster than the Tokina you have. If your budget is tight and 400mm is a must, try Nikon's AF80-200D F2.8 plus a good teleconverter. If this 80-200 is still not fast enough, you must go with a Nikon AFS lens such as the AFS80-200 F2.8 plus a good teleconverter. The new AFS 70-200 VR is also fast; however, I don't have any experience. However, since many people will replace their AFS80-200 with the AFS70-200, they will put their AFS80-200 on eBay with lower prices. By the way, Sigma's 70-200 HSM is also a very good lens.

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Forget this one because it is a general purpose lens and slow. Its performance is good up to 200mm. Above 200mm, the image quality is getting worse, and will be soft at 300mm. Moreover, its maximum aperture at the long end is simply too small for action shots.

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The Nikon 80-400VR is the slowest AF lens Nikon makes. From what I've read, it's intentional in the design of the lens. If you really need that price point, find a place which will let you rent the lens (and then apply part of the rental cost towards the purchase.)

Check out this review, for more info:
http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/80400vr.htm

The only bad thing I have heard about the new 70-200VR is the price. If you can afford it, everyone says its an amazing lens.

The Sigma EX line (their Pro line) includes the 70-200 HSM shene mentioned. That is also a good lens from all I've read (I do not own it.) You could ask about it in the general forum, I think that NHL has it and likes it.

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The Sigma EX line (their Pro line) includes the 70-200 HSM shene mentioned. That is also a good lens from all I've read (I do not own it.) You could ask about it in the general forum, I think that NHL has it and likes it.
I like the price and the weigth for a constant f2.8; However HSM, Sigma's ultrasonic equivalent only comes in Canon mount I believe... Definetly get ultrasonic if possible, it's quietly smooth and quick plus it gives you total manual overide over the AF! 8)
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BTW Sigma also makes an 80-400 EX APO with an Optical Stabilizer. It's f4.5-5.6 same as an f2.8 plus TC... What you'll gain the 'VR' function, it's not an HSM but an EX their PRO line noneless! 8)

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