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Old Aug 19, 2006, 12:06 PM   #1
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I've got the Tamron 18-200 and need to reach out to 400 or 500. I 'm so confused on what will work best on a digital camera. I can't afford the Nikon so I was looking at Sigma, Tamron or Tokina. There is a large range of different prices for the same brand and size. They showD, DG and AT on the suffixso I'm don't know what I would be buying. Please give me any response so I can finally get so telephoto shots.
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Old Aug 19, 2006, 3:25 PM   #2
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Checkout the companies' websites for the nomenclatures. Most terms are trademarked, so they have to use different terms to say the same thing, like if for digital only, etc.

I don't have any long lens, but it will all depend on your budget. I've read good things about the Bigma (Sigma 50-500). But depending on what you shoot and your budget, you may want a fast tele or can settle with slower lens.

Why don't you tell us your budget and maybe the experts here can tell you what's good.
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Oh yeah I forgot, checkout pbase to see how other's pics turned out using a lens you're interested in.
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Thanks for answering so quickly. I do wildlife photography so i was leaning towards Tokina's 80-400. I thought about one that goes up to 500mm but like the idea of one that cranks down to 80 for the close shot without having to change lens. I also looked at the Sigma 135-500. I never got a reply about the quality of the different brands. I can find either one of these lens for under $700.00. I don't mind spending the money if it is a good, workable lens. I'm afraid to skimp and have something unuseable on the shelf. Thanks for the input and web site.
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You're right, there are alot of choices out there. I picked up a Tamron 200-400 for those situations where extra reach was needed. It was a decent value at a bit over $200 used. Remember with any lens this long, you will need a sturdy tripod. It is very difficult to handhold these supertele's and get consistant results.
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Thanks for the replies. I just took delivery of a Tokina 80-400 lens yesterday. I haven't had a chance to shoot any pictures yet but I think it will work out good. Being able to crank it down to 80mm will be a plus not to have to change the lens so offen in the field. Thanks again.
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