15th October 2004, 03:59 AM
Practical Photography's November buying guides
Something to think about whilst you await their November magazine to be launched in Singapore.
Top 5 Mid-Range 35mm SLRS
1. Canon EOS 30V (*****)
2. Pentax ist (****)
3. Nikon F80 (****)
4. Konica Minolta Dynax 60 (***)
5. Sigma SA-9 (***)
Top 5 Mid-Range Digital SLRS
1. Canon EOS 20D (*****)
2. Nikon D70 (*****)
3. Canon EOS 300D (****)
4. Pentax ist D (***)
5. Fuji S2 Pro (***)
Top 5 Telephoto Zoom Lenses
1. Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8 AF-S ED (*****)
2. Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 APO EX HSM (****)
3. Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 APO EX HSM (*****)
4. Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L UIS (***)
5. Konica Minolta 70-200mm f/2.8 APO G SSM (***)
Top 5 Wide-Angle Zoom Lenses
1. Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 EX DG (*****)
2. Canon 17-40mm f/4 L USM (*****)
3. Tamron 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di (****)
4. Tokina 19-35mm f/3.5-4.5 (****)
5. Nikon 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5 ED (****)
Top 5 Standard Zoom Lenses
1. Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG (*****)
2. Canon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM (****)
3. Tokina 28-70mm f/2.8 PRO SV (****)
4. Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di (****)
5. Minolta 24-105mm f/3.5-4.5 D (***)
Buy november's copy to read why they rate it like it is....
15th October 2004, 04:06 AM
This is the $buying$ guide rite?
Meaning performance not included in the decision?
15th October 2004, 04:16 AM
I read through and think it is a mix of factors ranging from
optical / performance, built + feel and value.
Most interesting to me was the fact that some of the
top lenses from some big camera brands weren't even
15th October 2004, 04:28 AM
maybe coz they're too $$$.
Originally Posted by NikLeica
15th October 2004, 04:59 AM
From the UK prices that was listed amongst the choices, it was quite fair amongst the stuff they picked.
U r right about why some of the stuff i was hoping to find wasnt listed.
Guess they have to be realistic about the masses and not the select privileged few who can spend as they wish.
But i think it is a good base with which consumers can base their choices on..... amongst some of the few stuff they listed, I agree on the
mid range 35mm and digital cameras, the tokina and canon wide angle zooms, the tokina and tamron standard zooms ....
i am not sure why canon tele zoom was only given a 3 star......but i must say that the nikon 80-200 is really a fantastic lens!
the one brand that strikes me is Sigma...they have really grown in stature...i recall Sigma lenses in the 80s as Stigma lenses....no one wanted to use them because optics were so bad.
15th October 2004, 12:45 PM
Listing of top buys for lens across the board is useless. For a Canon user or Nikon user unless it is a 3rd party lens work with your camera who cares about other brands?
15th October 2004, 07:26 PM
Agree that it is useless for the consumer if any magazine rates another camera branded lens as being the best......
However, if there are more than 1 magazine saying the same thing, it will mean that the manufacturer will sit up and hopefully do something about it...or else, consumers will give up and change brand loyalty.
I for one, gave up on Nikon to move into Canon for AF and Digital becoz I got tired of waiting for Nikon to catch up.....I always get the feeling that they have been sitting on their laurels far too long and lost their edge.
Anyway, thats off thread discussion. Have a great weekend everyone!