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Sigma 180mm f3.5 EX APO Macro IF HSM

Review Date: Sep 19, 2007 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 4 

Pros: Sharp, good colours, great price
Focus motor failed after 2 1/2 years

Loved it up to demise of autofocus, but will keep it and use as manual focusser.

Tokina 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 AT-X 840 AF-II

Review Date: Jan 22, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Very well made [metal] but relatively light. High contrast results and pretty sharp overall. Good hood included.
Non-removeable tripod ring gets in the way of zooming. No IS, so a tripod or monopod is needed at 400mm.

I bought it as a more portable alternative than the Sigma 50-500, and it succeeds in this role.

The lens is sharp at shorter lengths but really must have some sort of support at 400mm, otherwise you will think it unsharp.

Focussing is not the fastest, so for birds in flight photography it is not ideal [on my Cano 10D or 20D].

There is slight CA at 400mm but otherwise optically sound.

It is a real bargain compared to the Sigma or Canon alternatives, especially if you distrust IS.

I generally always have it in my "ready bag" unless the light is poor.

Sigma 28-300 f3.5-6.3 Macro

Review Date: Feb 26, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Workable, all in one lens. Avoids changing lenses in adverse conditions. Results fine for 90% of work, and close up facility a real bonus.
Really needs a tripod at 300mm.

I have used the lens with my EOS10D under a variety of conditions, and by judicious use of the "film" speed, have always managed to get good results. Results at 300mm may be less good, but I suspect camera shake as the cause.

Buy it for its' massive zoom range and you will not be disappointed. Life is but a compromise, after all.