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Mon Nov 27, 2000 5:42 pm

Hi All

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?


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About The Tokina 80-400

Tue Nov 28, 2000 12:23 am

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.

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RE: About The Tokina 80-400

Tue Nov 28, 2000 8:42 am

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.

Just my two bobs worth.



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