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09-17-2007, 11:54 AM   #1
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Should I buy

I have the opportunity to buy a Tokina RMC 300 5.6 for what seems a very good price, approx 35 ($70 at todays rate). Although I am happy with my Pentax M 300 f4 my partner finds it very cumbersome to use (get to the gym and build some muscle, I say). I have no idea of the quality of this lens, and I guess as the price is not going to kill me I should not worry, but has anybody used this one?

I don't want to be left with something that she will not use if it does not have decent IQ.

09-17-2007, 12:58 PM   #2
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I haven't any experience with this lens but Tokina has always made very good product and I think you could always get your money back (and probably more) on Ebay if you get it and don't like it much. Do you have the chance to try it out before buying?
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No chance to try it out, mainly as I am very busy with work and the other half does not want to take responsibilty fro this major purchase.
09-19-2007, 06:05 AM   #4
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At the price it seems not bad, BUT I would never trade a 300 F/4.

It might be good, and lighter and more compact that the Pentax lens, but the extra f-stop in performance is worth a lot even if you do have shake reduction.

If you think the SMC-M 300f/4 is heavy, you should try the SMC 300 F/4 K mount version!

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i'd stick with the pentax 300/4 .. it's one of the best 300s ever made.. no way would i not keep it. and it's not that heavy. i just sold my A300/4 but kept my tak M42 f4 as a light weight 300mm. if you think it's heavy take a look at what one step faster in a 300 looks like. here's a shot of the tak300, the A300, and a tamron 300/2.8. it's HEAVY!!

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I should have known this photo would reappear.

I agree 100%, but note that everyone's definition of heavy is different.

To give the benefit of the doubt, if the reduced maximum apature and preceived (we have not seen comparitive photos form both 300's in question side by side) image quality differences do not hinder the photographer, then he can use what ever he wants, because it is the final product that is important, not how he got there.

BUT, I would never let go of the 300 f/4 without having something bigger, faster and better, because at some point that extra f-stop and quality WILL make a difference.
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I am definately going to keep the Pentax, I love the IQ and can put up with the size. I will get the lens and tell the ball and chain the Tokina is highly thought off, and she can feel confident using it. I doubt whether she will feel it's not a good lens. There is a Tamron like Roys on the UK ebay for 299, and I am seriously thinking about buying it.
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Is there? I just took a look and coulnd't find it!

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It was a buy it now at 299. Guess someone thought it was too good to miss, though it was listed for nearly 4 days. At least I cannot be tempted.
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