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Sigma/Tokina/Tamron Telezoom For D70s

Fri Jan 12, 2007 2:12 am


I am looking for a Tele-Zoom of the named manifacturers. For me the Tokina 80-400mm fits perfectly in the zoom range and the price. Any experience with that. Currently I am using a Nikkor AF 80-200mm (push and pull) and a Soligor Pro AF 2x TC. The image quality is quite good but the AF is very slow especially with the TC. Furthermore I am not able to get a tripod collar for it which makes using the use of a tripod impossible.

Any comments you can make concerning the topic are welcome.
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RE: Sigma/Tokina/Tamron Telezoom For D70s

Fri Jan 12, 2007 2:16 am

If you can afford it forget the above and get the 70-200 f/2.8 VR from Nikon.
Next, the 80-200 f/2.8 D ED (non AF-S).
If not. the Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 EX is a good lens.

This is for the 70-200 mm range. You can get a teleconverter for those, I'm not sure if your Soligor will work with the lens I have mentioned.

As for the longer (80-400) lens I've got no idea (unfortunately).

I hope that helped at least a little  


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RE: Sigma/Tokina/Tamron Telezoom For D70s

Fri Jan 12, 2007 4:05 am

Quoting Codeshare (Reply 1):
If not. the Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 EX is a good lens.

I purchased the newest version of this lens (Sigma APO 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM with macro) just before the holidays and I love it. It does have a little bit of weight to it, but nothing that distracts from taking aviation photos. I was surprised how quick the autofocus was the first time I used it. I am using it on my D70. Once I get a 1.4x teleconverter for it then I will most likely sell my Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 with macro. The following photos were taken with the Sigma lens:

I did purchase the lens for just over $800 USD. Here is a link for a new lens:
Sigma APO 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM with macro

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RE: Sigma/Tokina/Tamron Telezoom For D70s

Sat Jan 13, 2007 3:53 am

Using a lightstrong lense with a TC seems to be the more usualy procedure. However I have a question concerning the use of a TC:

If I use a 2x TC I loose 2 apenture settings which is signalized on the camera but the image characteristics stay the same to the ones of the lense when used without TC and wide open apenture (in this case 2.8).

So what I think is: Isn't a 4.5-5.6 which goes like up to 400mm not sharper in larger area of the focused motive then a 2.8 with a 2x converter?

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