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Tokina 28-70mm f/2.8 AT-X 287 AF PRO SV

Review Date: Oct 7, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Robust and well made I find the handling suits me very well. I've had it about a year now and intially suffered from err99 failure on my 300D. A quick return to the supplier and it came back with a new flex-board + recalibration. Since then its been rock-solid reliable. The more I use it the better the results I get. Interior shots in our local priory revealed masses of detail and colour and I am using it more and more for landscape work where the resolution for things like tree-scapes is excellent. I'm so impressed with the results I'm just about to pick up a Tokina 17mm AX pro to complement it.
Flare can be a problem but its something I happily live with given the price vs quality balance

Sigma 100-300mm f4 EX IF HSM APO

Review Date: Jan 3, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Speed, resolving power at distance, constant F4 and handling

I wanted lens with better resolving power at distance than the sigma 70-300 APO macro 2 which I already had for my Canon 300D. I missed a good 2nd hand Canon 300 F4 prime, couldn't afford a new (or second hand) canon 100-400 LIS and saw a review of this lens.

Checking out it seemed to be the best lens that nobody was talking about so I took the plunge and purchased it.

At first I was worried about the weight (I'm in my '60s and a bit arthticky) but after a while I learnt to handle it. I usually carry it with a monopod attached via a ball-head which lets me tuck the shaft of the monopod under my right arm. This acts as a brace and I find I can now carry the lens for 3-4 hours without problem including some shooting from hand as well as monopod.

So far it has done everything I want of it, including getting me some reasonable shots with stacked EX 1.4 and EX 2 xTCs.

Playing recently I find I can also get good close-up shots using 65mm of extension tubes. A tripod is essential for this however.

So, in my view, a great success at a very reasonable price, strongly recommended if you can't afford Canon L glass prices but want good results