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Sigma 135-400 MM f/4.5-5.6 ASP AF APO

18499135-400
Review Date: Aug 18, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $432.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Solid build, easy to handle, good images when used stop down.
Cons:
Slow AF, bit soft used wide open.

I own this lens now for a couple of months. In common I am pleased about the results
of this lens. Especially when you use it stopped down to F11 the results are good! No Chromatic Aberration and well sharp. The negative site of that is that you can’t really use it handheld. Because then you will need to use it wide open, and then the results are disappointing! The images are soft as a baby bud! So when used with a tripod or beanbag, you get a lot of fun for the money! Bird photography is hard with this lens, because of the slow AF and the soft images used wide open. I have managed to do so, but it takes some special skills..

Some images:

http://www.treknature.com/gallery/Europe/Netherlands/photo22405.htm

http://www.treknature.com/gallery/Europe/Netherlands/photo19569.htm

http://www.treknature.com/gallery/Europe/Netherlands/photo18842.htm



 
Tokina 20-35mm AT-X 235 AF PRO

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

 
Pros: Solid Build like a tank, sharp and no distortion. Not expensive, a lot of value for money, can compeet with a canon 17-40 L
Cons:
A bit soft at F 2.8, just a bit heavy. Focus ring is a bit confusing.. Not a 17-35mm, lenshood is bit small..

I bought this lens by Ebay in Germany.. I was lucky with the price as it was brand new..! This lens rocks! I have tested it next to a 17-40 L and it this baby is no less. Of course the canon has 3 mm more wide-angle.. The images are sharp at F4 and higher. At F 2.8 it is a bit soft and you get extremely small dept of field, but above it is great! No Distortion.. and that is really nice. For landscapes, this is the lens..! And it is solid build… It felt of a bookshelf, and it had no scratch at all.. The focus ring is a bit annoying, because you need to push and pull for letting it work. But mostly I work with AF, and than it is not a issue.. Lenshood is a bit small.. Af works ok, not superfast, but fast enough! I can recommend this lens, especially if you pay a good price for it.. If money is not a issue, Buy the 17-40 L of canon, same quality, but more wideangle..