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

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Review Date: Feb 26, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: First class lens, great optics, great value for money, does what it says on the tin.
Cons:
Wish it had Image Stabilisation.

I've had this lens since summer 2001, bought it with a new Canon EOS 3 and x 2, x 1.5 teleconverters for one thing and that was to capture Concorde on 35mm film at take off and landing.

Before I got the lens I had a choice of a Sigma 150-500mm, a Canon 100-400mm .I.S. or this lens

I chose the Tokina as it was half the price of the Canon and it over lapped my standard 28-105mm zoom (which the Sigma didn't).

Build quality and image quality is just as good as the others, i dont regret getting the lens. Images are clear and pin sharp.

99% of the time the lens has been hand held and used with a x 2 teleconverter and full auto focus. Its also been used with a x 1.5 teleconverter and full auto focus, both times it never let me down.

The EOS 3 + Tokina focused, locked on and stayed there.

People on here have said its " soft " no its not like any lens its not perfect but it comes very close.

This is a brilliant lens which I would buy again if i had to, Canon only beats it as that has Image Stabilisation and this doesnt but Canon is 2 times the price of this and both lenses cover 100-400 mm zoom length.


 
Tamron 28-105MM F/4-5.6 (IF) AF

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Review Date: Feb 26, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: The images this lens gives are brilliant and are pin sharp, Auto Focus is very fast, the lens is made of plastic but build quality is solid and very very good.
Cons:
Wish it wasnt a 28-105mm zoom, wish it was 17-105mm zoom.