Night Hawk From Australia, joined Jul 1999, 273 posts, RR: 0 Posted (14 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 820 times:
Im planning to update my camera lenses in the near future. I already own a Sigma 28-80mm macro lense which Im happy with. Its great for close up shots of planes but it doesnt do the job for those shots over distance. I've been around to a few camera shops looking but Im still not sure. I have a Pentax MZ-7 camera and was looking for a telephoto lens somewhere around 400mm+ zoom. One lens Im looking at is a Tokina 80-400mm lens with f4.5-5.6 for AUS$1095. I believe Tokina is a pretty good brand. Any other suggestions or advice?
N949WP From Hong Kong, joined Feb 2000, 1437 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (14 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 787 times:
The way I see this lens:
- compact size
- 5x zoom; together with your 28-80, you're basically covered from 28 all the way to 400.
- Front part of the lens rotates when focusing. Could become a problem when you're using certain filters or if you need to put the front of the lens against something (e.g. window glass or wire fence)
- Lack of tripod mount. Weighing at nearly a kilo and with substantial increase in length when zoomed to 400, this is a glaring omission.
Since you might already be familiar with Sigma, how about their 135-400. Should cost about the same as the Tokina, although it's slightly larger and starts at 135mm (leaving you with a gap from 80 to 135mm). But then, it doesn't have the above two "cons" of the Tokina.
Davus From Australia, joined Oct 2000, 174 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (14 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 770 times:
I have a sigma 70-300 that i purchased a few years back for my Pentax Z70 (same mount as your camera) for around 400 dollars AUS.
If i were you i would do something lile this and then look at a 1.5 teleconvertor or something. You will get out of it a fiar bit cheaper and wont have the problems taking long zoom shots that you WILL get when trying to focus and get sharp shots with the 400.