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Jason25
01-17-2006, 11:28 AM
I'm considering getting this lens, and I'm thinking I'd be happier with this lens and a TC as opposed to the 70-300 APO DG Macro. Anybody out there have this lens and some opinions on it?

I can't justify an extra USD$1,000 for the 70-200 Nikkor, and don't want a used lens that still costs more than the Sigma (80-200 AF-S).

coldrain
01-17-2006, 01:31 PM
I'm considering getting this lens, and I'm thinking I'd be happier with this lens and a TC as opposed to the 70-300 APO DG Macro. Anybody out there have this lens and some opinions on it?

I can't justify an extra USD$1,000 for the 70-200 Nikkor, and don't want a used lens that still costs more than the Sigma (80-200 AF-S).
For under 700$ the 70-200 f2.8 Sigma offers a lot of value, and it is a respected lens. Only other option would be the Nikon AF 80-200mm f/2.8D ED, which does not have a silent AF-S motor, and costs about 300$ more.

Jason25
01-17-2006, 05:14 PM
Thanks for the feedback :)

Well, I just went to the local camera shop on break, and he really dislikes Sigmas lol. He said "I don't sell junk, though it's probably only hurting me.", and recommended the Tokina 80-200 f2.8 ATX Pro over the Sigma. It's about $150 cheaper than the Sigma new, which is nice. That thing is built like a tank! Very nice feeling lens, though it doesn't have any focusing motor (which would be nice). I'll probably go take some shots with it after work to test it out and see if the AF is good enough.

Any other thoughts?

Bullitt
01-17-2006, 09:06 PM
Well, I guess I just bought "junk" but you know what they say, someone elses junk is another man's treasure...:rolleyes:

Jason25
01-17-2006, 09:40 PM
Well, I guess I just bought "junk" but you know what they say, someone elses junk is another man's treasure...:rolleyes:
Yeah, I know what you mean lol. At least he wasn't a total purist, as he does own the 12-24 Tokina, and a giant manual prime Tokina. I took it with a grain of salt, but it's nice to know I have another option, as I haven't really heard much about the Tokina 80-200.

I went back and took a few shots with it after work. The AF isn't bad at all for not having any AF-S type motor, even when I was shooting in the store (low light). f2.8 was pretty sharp on the sample I tried. I'd like to try the Sigma for comparison, though I don't think anybody around here carries that one (small city). Perhaps I'll go back and ask to try his 80-200 AF-D Nikkor next week when I go pick up my wireless remote :)

Bullitt
01-17-2006, 09:56 PM
Question...

When looking at longer lenses such as 70-300's, is it better to have the f2.8 or would f4-5.6 work just as well for outside shooting...Little green on these sort of things...And, I've made 2 trips to the city and have forgotten the remote, next trip...:rolleyes:
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Bullitt

Nikon D50
Sigma DC 18-50mm f2.8 EX

Jason25
01-17-2006, 11:13 PM
Question...

When looking at longer lenses such as 70-300's, is it better to have the f2.8 or would f4-5.6 work just as well for outside shooting...Little green on these sort of things...And, I've made 2 trips to the city and have forgotten the remote, next trip...:rolleyes:
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Nikon D50
Sigma DC 18-50mm f2.8 EX
My reasoning for getting a 2.8 telephoto is that I'd rather have a 2.8 lens and a TC to be covered in even more situations, as well as the generally superior optics. If you're shooting outdoors in decent light, a 70-300 should work just fine :) Don't worry, I'm green as well, I've just done tons of reading :D

jcon
01-17-2006, 11:52 PM
Jason, could you post some sample shots of the Tokina 80-200mm 2.8 in low light(preferably action,too)... I had crossed that off my list since there wasnt much info about. Id be curious to see it compared to that Nikon lens!

Quirkitized
01-18-2006, 07:28 AM
Question...

When looking at longer lenses such as 70-300's, is it better to have the f2.8 or would f4-5.6 work just as well for outside shooting...Little green on these sort of things...And, I've made 2 trips to the city and have forgotten the remote, next trip...:rolleyes:
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Nikon D50
Sigma DC 18-50mm f2.8 EX

These were all taken with the Nikon D50 and Sigma 70-300mm Super Macro II APO (non-DG verison)
http://tmfiles.net/modules.php?name=pics&album=Zoo_D50&sortby=name&order=asc

It was partly sunny out, around 11am CST at the Zoo. Plenty of light to take the pictures, most I used even 125-320 ss and f/6 through f/12 aperture. I think it's a great lens for the price. Suits me just fine, this is a hobby... not a job for me.

Jason25
01-18-2006, 09:22 AM
Jason, could you post some sample shots of the Tokina 80-200mm 2.8 in low light(preferably action,too)... I had crossed that off my list since there wasnt much info about. Id be curious to see it compared to that Nikon lens!
I haven't been able to find all that much about it either really, which is surprising since it's a 2.8 telephoto and only $600 new. I wasn't able to get action shots, as I only got to shoot in the store (was kind of pressed for time).