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View Poll Results: Most Favored Inexpensive Birding Lens
Sigma 400mm f5.6 AF Tele 313.04%
Tokina 400mm f5.6 ATX AF 521.74%
Tokina AT-X 80-400mm F1: 4.5-5.6 313.04%
Other 1773.91%
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01-24-2012, 06:00 AM   #31
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QuoteOriginally posted by MDegri Quote
My pennies worth is be wary of mirror lenses. I find the mirror lens I have (Centon 500mm f8 ) frustratingly soft & lacking detail. I find it very difficult to get a decent photo out of it (It was cheap).
All mirror lenses are not created equal. I was about to give up on mirror lenses until I gave them one last shot and bought a Russian Tair 3M-5CA from another member. It's quite sharp, and a great performer. I hear the Tamron is excellent as well.

After owning several crap mirror lenses before finding a really good one, my advice would be to steer clear of cheap mirror lenses & try to find a nice used Tamron or Tair. They'll surprise ya. Here's a couple of examples: (Eagle shots were handheld.)





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Great photos Gibby love the eagle shots. I think my error was going for a cheap lens without doing any research on it. I was at a camera fair so was an impulse buy.
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Great photos Gibby love the eagle shots. I think my error was going for a cheap lens without doing any research on it. I was at a camera fair so was an impulse buy.
Thank ya! I used to think mirror lenses were garbage, too. But there are a very select few that give conventional lenses a run for their money. Plus, there's zero CA, and they're a lot easier to pack around than a lens the size of a baseball bat. I'm never selling the Tair, that's for sure. I love that thing!
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QuoteOriginally posted by GibbyTheMole Quote
All mirror lenses are not created equal. I was about to give up on mirror lenses until I gave them one last shot and bought a Russian Tair 3M-5CA from another member. It's quite sharp, and a great performer. I hear the Tamron is excellent as well.

After owning several crap mirror lenses before finding a really good one, my advice would be to steer clear of cheap mirror lenses & try to find a nice used Tamron or Tair. They'll surprise ya. Here's a couple of examples: (Eagle shots were handheld.)





Cheers,
Bob :-)
Those are beautiful images. I wish we had bald eagle here in Northern California where I am. The most common bird of prey in my neighborhood are red shouldered hawks. I am hoping to get an image of them soon.

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Thanks very much everyone for your great suggestions and gorgeous pictures!
While many of you seem to like the Tokina, most of you chose other solutions, so I decided to go ahead and get one of the lenses on my 2012 LBA list; the Tamron 70-200mm 2.8 and will try out an AF teleconverter like Joe suggested to see how I like it. If the TC works well, then I will have a very nice dual-purpose lens and will have saved some $$$

Until my new lens arrives, I will only be capturing images of these:



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