I am in the market for a lens that goes over 300mm and is a zoom. I was looking that the Nikon 80-400 VR but that is way out of my price range. The Sigma 170-500 is nice but I wanted opinions from you guys on say Tokina, Tamron, Vivitar, Phoenix lenses that are like 100-400mm or 80-400mm. I will be using this lens for taking action photos of airplanes taking off. Thanks
#1. "RE: Help deciding on a +300mm lens" | In response to Reply # 0tfhoey Basic MemberSat 07-Sep-02 03:16 PM
You may want to check out the Tokina 80-400 lens. There are two versions, I would look at the second version. As I recall, the price is just under $500.00. A while back I was thinhing about this lens then I decided to get the Tokina 80-200 2.8 Pro. You should be able to find the thread in the Tokina Forum.
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#2. "RE: Help deciding on a +300mm lens" | In response to Reply # 0gerbenrink Registered since 25th Feb 2002Mon 09-Sep-02 10:24 AM
hi there Stephen,
I own the first version of the tokina 80/400
god value for the money, but other lenses ( especialy sigma) have better results at 400. I think you will use it the most on 400. Its a little disappointing in sharpness and speed. But I am using it with an 801s (8008) go figure. BUT I have tried it on an f100 and it did quit a lot of searching.
I have just seen a 170/500 sigma go for 370 on ebay.
voiglander has a cheap 100/400. optics are good, build not so.
tamron has a huge 200/400. Its big and very good.
and if you have to much money go for the 50/500 from sigma, its a hsm (motor in the lens) fast as lightning, sharp, and heavy as a rock.
or of course a nikon 80/400.
good luck spending a lot of money.
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