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Tamron 28-75MM F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF)

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Review Date: Nov 28, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $330.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Light weight, image quality, fast focusing, macro, f/2.8.
Cons:
Loose focusing ring.

Got this lens for over 8 months now. A 'default' lens on a field trip if you don't know exactly what to expect in your next shot. Image quality is pretty good as far as I could tell.

Macro function comes handy, but needs extension tubes for higher magnifications.

Focusing ring is pretty loose. When using manual focusing, you might accidentally change its setting if you rotate the polarier in front of it.

Overall, it's worth every penny. Would recommend.


 
Sigma 12-24mm f4.5-5.6 EX DG Aspherical HSM

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Review Date: Nov 25, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Wide, distortion well controled, image quality, elegant design, tough build, fast focusing
Cons:
Lens cap falls off easily during hiking (better held with a hand all time), tight focusing ring

I use this lens on Canon 350D. With a cropping factor 1.6x, it's still wide! Versitile 12-24mm zoom range, very useful for both indoors (e.g., close-range exhibitions) and outdoors (e.g., landscape).

Love the protrusive front lens & yellowish coating - simply looks 'professional' Smile

Great image quality as far as I can tell - worths every penny.

The only drawback (and a big one) is lens hood. It slips off by itself easily, especially if you walk around with it attached to the camera around your neck. Besides, the lens hood is so huge that it doesn't fit in the pockets.

I highly recommend this lens.


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

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Review Date: Nov 25, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $430.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Compact, build, image quality better than expected, versitile zoom range.
Cons:
The exterior of lens hood gets scratched very easily, lens vibrates like crazy when auto-focusing

Smallest/shortest 100-400mm zoom lens. Affordable price. Ultra-portable & hence always in the ready bag. Great zoom range for field wildlife photography, including birds & mid-size mammals. Just love it.

I also attach a 1.4x Kenko 300 Pro converter, and it works just fine. At 560mm (400mm*1.4x), hand holding at 1/250 sec is safe for not getting a blurry image. With a monopod, it's still sharp even with 1/125 or 1/80 most of time.

On my Canon EOS 350D camera, the cropping factor makes this lens a 900mm telephoto lens! (560mm*1.6x)

Let's face it. This is the kind of size you're able to carry around in a full-day field trip. Very convenient for amateurs. Highly recommended!