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02-06-2012, 01:20 PM   #1
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Tokina vs. Tamron 500mm mirror lens - How do they compare?

Hey all.

My wife wants a Tamron 500mm f8 mirror lens, but I found a pretty good deal on a Tokina. How does the Tokina stack up to the image quality of the Tamron?

Right now, she has a cheap Kalimar 500mm mirror lens. I know the Tamron is a big leap in quality... but what about the Tokina?

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I can't speak to the Tokina, but the Tamron SP (either 52B or 52BB) are pretty much the Gold Standard of mirror lenses.
I had this lens and sold it, but would love to pick one up again:








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Don't forget that the Tokina can also be found as a "Sears" clone.

I've got the Tokina/Sears and it's pretty good.
I also have 2 of the Sigma 600mm and never use them.
I also have the Pentax SMC 1000mm.
I also have the Pentax 500mm spotting scope, which can be turned into a camera lens.

Yes, I've experimented with mirror lenses.
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Yeah, I know those Tamrons are very good, (as is the Russian 3M-CA, which is my 500mm weapon of choice), but I'd like to know how the Tokina stacks up to the Tamron. My wife already has one of those ubiquitous, cheap, mediocre mirror lenses, so if I buy the Tokina, I'd like to to be significantly better than the one she has now.

QuoteOriginally posted by LaurenOE Quote
I've got the Tokina/Sears and it's pretty good.
So, Lauren... Had any experience with the Tamron or 3M-5CA that you could compare the Tokina to?

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QuoteOriginally posted by GibbyTheMole Quote
Yeah, I know those Tamrons are very good, (as is the Russian 3M-CA, which is my 500mm weapon of choice), but I'd like to know how the Tokina stacks up to the Tamron. My wife already has one of those ubiquitous, cheap, mediocre mirror lenses, so if I buy the Tokina, I'd like to to be significantly better than the one she has now.



So, Lauren... Had any experience with the Tamron or 3M-5CA that you could compare the Tokina to?

Cheers,
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No.

I tried to get one once, but they are hard to come by.

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Other than this comparison between Tamron 55B, Minolta 500/8 and Tokina 500/8, I haven't seen anything else: Tamron SP Adaptall-2 500mm F/8 Model 55B I doubt that Kalimar 500/8 has ever been tested like the three mentioned above, and any test will have to be conducted by yourself after you've acquired the Tamron or Tokina.
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The Tamron 500BB is only around $100-120. Don't compromise, just find yourself a good one on EBay.
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The Tamron 500BB is only around $100-120.
I haven't seen one on eBay for $120 for forever. They're more like $250 on eBay. KEH has 'em for $160, which isn't bad, but still... I'm picking up a Tokina from another member for $80. While not the equal of the Tamron or the 3M-5CA, it seems to be decent. If my wife doesn't like it I can always get my money back out of it & try again.

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QuoteOriginally posted by GibbyTheMole Quote
I haven't seen one on eBay for $120 for forever. They're more like $250 on eBay. KEH has 'em for $160, which isn't bad, but still... I'm picking up a Tokina from another member for $80. While not the equal of the Tamron or the 3M-5CA, it seems to be decent. If my wife doesn't like it I can always get my money back out of it & try again.
Wow. The prices of these have rocketed since I bought mine 2 years ago. KEH (or B&H) seems like the best best. Good luck with the Tokina.
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Hi, I have a Tokina 500 mirror that I use with my K7. I was never thoroughly enthused with my pics from it - they always seemed a bit soft in comparison to what I saw from others posted in the Mirror Lens Club. I also have a recently acquired Russian 3M-5CA mirror which I absolutely love. My pics are sharper and despite the larger size of the 3M, I find myself being able to steady the lens better on hand-held shots.
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Don't waste money on the Tokina. The Tamron is a lot better optically.
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