Fast tele lens. EOS mount.

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by rda, Jun 5, 2005.

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    rda Guest

    Hi guys.
    This time I cant decide between the Sigma 70-200 EX 2.8 or the Tokina
    ATX-pro 80-200 2.8.
    Does anyone have any direct experience of either lens?
    I cannot afford the Canon 70-200 2.8 so I think it leaves either the Sigma
    or Tokina.

    rda, Jun 5, 2005
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    rbehunin Guest

    Some people have reported problems with Sigma lenses on the Canon
    digital cameras. I do not own a Sigma lens, this is just what people
    have reported on and
    since I have been reading them.

    rbehunin, Jun 6, 2005
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    eawckyegcy Guest

    Save another $300 and get the Canon.
    eawckyegcy, Jun 6, 2005
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    Tony Polson Guest

    Optically, the Tokina is a poor performer. Other zoom lenses in the
    Tokina AT-X Pro range perform well (20-35mm f/2.8, 28-70mm f/2.8,
    28-80mm f/2.8), and all of them are very well made, but the 80-200mm
    is optically very disappointing and should be avoided.

    The Sigma is much better optically, but compatibility problems arise
    with Sigma lenses every time Canon brings out a new camera body.
    That's because Sigma won't pay Canon for a licence to use the EF
    mount/interface, and reverse engineer it instead. The problem is, you
    cannot reverse engineer a future version of the interface, but Canon
    will license it for a fee.

    It is also the case that people report problems trying to get all the
    features of their camera body to work with Sigma lenses, for example
    predictive autofocus.

    Why not save for the Canon lens or buy a used example now?

    The Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 is $839.00. The non-IS Canon 70-200mm f/2.8
    L is $1099.95 at B&H. It surely has to be worth $260 more than the
    Sigma, but if you cannot afford the extra $260 I would strongly
    recommend you consider the excellent Canon 70-200mm f/4 L at all of
    $285 LESS than the Sigma.

    You will get excellent optics - superior to the Sigma and vastly
    superior to the Tokina - at a much more affordable price. The
    70-200mm f/4 L is only $554.95 at B&H after rebate (against $1099.95
    for the non-IS f/2.8 L and $1649.95 for the IS version, both after
    Tony Polson, Jun 6, 2005
  5. This rather overstates the case. Some Sigma lenses have had
    problems with some Canon bodies.
    You imply that e.g. Tokina and Tamron have licensed some Canon IP
    for their lens lines. Do you have any positive knowledge of this
    or are you assuming? I ask because with all the clamor over this
    issue on the Web, I have never seen anything to that effect from
    any sources close to Sigma or Canon.
    Ben Rosengart, Jun 6, 2005
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    Pete D Guest

    While I agree with the direction you are going here I have seen the Sigma
    70-200 F2.8 for less that US$500, you will save considerably by shopping
    Pete D, Jun 6, 2005
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    Skip M Guest

    Anybody who's going to sell a lens for more than $300 less (40% less) than
    B&H may not be entirely trustworthy...
    Skip M, Jun 6, 2005
  8. "I have seen the Sigma
    70-200 F2.8 for less that US$500"

    It's pretty important *where* you've seen it.

    If it's a place on this list, for example,
    it might not be a valid price comparison.
    James Of Tucson, Jun 7, 2005
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    Skip M Guest

    There's a used one on ebay with 31 bids at $500.05...
    Skip M, Jun 7, 2005
  10. Do you have to have Zoom? If not look at the 135mm F2.0L.


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    John A. Stovall, Jun 7, 2005
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