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

    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
    3. Half the weight (1050gms vs 560gms)

    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?


    Siddhartha Jain, Jan 17, 2005
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  2. One more :)
    Throw the Sigma 70-300mm APO f/4-5.6 also in the ring.

    - Siddhartha
    Siddhartha Jain, Jan 17, 2005
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  3. Ended up buying:
    - Sigma 24-135mm f/2.8-4.5
    - Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DL Super Macro II
    - Hoods for both lenses
    - Set of filters for both lenses - UV/C-PL/flouroscent
    - carrying bags for both
    - Samsonite carrying case

    All for $242.50. The whole thing was a package deal on eBay otherwise I
    might've just bought the APO version of the Sigma.

    Now, I know the 70-300mm DL Super II Macro is a not as good as the APO
    version but at photodo its 2.9 vs the 3.1 of the APO, the 2.3 of the
    Tokina and 2.4 of the Canon I was considering earlier.
    Thanks for all the responses.

    Siddhartha Jain, Jan 17, 2005
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