Canon 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 vs Tokina 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6

Discussion in 'Canon' started by Siddhartha Jain, Jan 17, 2005.

  1. Hi,

    I had decided to buy the Canon 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 when I came across
    the Tokina 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6. I looked at eBay and both can be had for
    about ~$200 used, which is my upper spending limit for a telephoto zoom
    lens.

    I looked at photodo tests and the Canon is rated at 2.4 while the
    Tokina is at 2.3. Nothing great, but if I was settling for 2.4, I don't
    have a problem settling for 2.3 unless owners in this NG have had a bad
    experience with this particular Tokina lens.

    Over the Canon, the Tokina has:
    1. Extra 100mm reach at the tele end and 20mm at the wide end.
    2. Metal lens barrel (Canon only has metal lens mount)

    Over the Tokina, the Canon has:
    1. Ring USM assuring faster AF
    2. the 2.4 vs 2.3 photodo test

    I read thru' reviews on several NGs and photographyreview and people
    seem to find the Tokina (as well as the Canon) good value for the money
    - 1/4th the price of an equivalent "L" series lens.
    Whats your recommendation?

    Thanks,

    Siddhartha
     
    Siddhartha Jain, Jan 17, 2005
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