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Tokina 300mm f/6.3 for $199. at B&H

Discussion in 'Hot Deals - Find a Great Deal? Share It Here.' started by Giant bubble guy, Jan 4, 2014.

  1. Giant bubble guy

    Giant bubble guy Mu-43 Regular

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  2. ornithology

    ornithology Mu-43 Regular

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    Dec 21, 2013
    Vancouver, BC
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    thanks this is a killer deal!
     
  3. tjdean01

    tjdean01 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 20, 2013
    Thanks for sharing! I got a $129 30/2.8 and a Samyang fisheye for $199 this way. NEW!

    I think I'll pass on this as 300mm is further than the 200/4 that I never use because it's too long, but I'm sure someone will be happy with her! :)
     
  4. madogvelkor

    madogvelkor Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 22, 2013
    Connecticut
    I've got one on the way, and I'm looking forward to trying it out.
     
  5. madogvelkor

    madogvelkor Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 22, 2013
    Connecticut
    Got mine today, a very nice little lens that feels well constructed. I haven't had a chance to test it out really, but I did practice focusing some indoors. Much easier than I expected, though we'll have to see if that is the same in a real world situation.
     
  6. Brian Beezley

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  7. madogvelkor

    madogvelkor Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 22, 2013
    Connecticut
    Wow, I wish I had seen that price... That's cheaper than some of the low-end 500mm lenses, or vintage lenses in that focal range.
     
  8. Narnian

    Narnian Nobody in particular ...

    Aug 6, 2010
    Midlothian, VA
    Richard Elliott
    I figured what the heck and picked up the one on eBay. I don't expect miracles out of it but hopefully will get some decent shots. It compares favorably with the Panny 100-300 at 300mm plus it has close up capabilities and is a lot smaller. This plus my 45-175 will make a nice hiking pair I hope.

    And at $125 I can't go too wrong.
     
  9. carpandean

    carpandean Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Oct 29, 2010
    Western NY
    Man, sad that I missed the $129 price. I want to have this lens just for fun, but I'm not willing to budget too much for it. $199 is tempting, but still too much. $129 is fantastic! Hello saved search with email alerts.
     
  10. Narnian

    Narnian Nobody in particular ...

    Aug 6, 2010
    Midlothian, VA
    Richard Elliott
    The confirmation email said the seller was Kenko Tokina USA. Also they posted another one after I bought but it has been sold as well. Keep your eyes open as I expect they may do another soon.
     
  11. Narnian

    Narnian Nobody in particular ...

    Aug 6, 2010
    Midlothian, VA
    Richard Elliott
    Just got it in the mail today. Initial impressions are good, especially considering the $129 cost.

    1. Build is good - does not feel or look cheap.
    2. Size is similar to my 75/1.8 though lighter and a tad longer.
    3. Comes with the bayonet hood - though the body is grey the hood is black. Still beats Oly lenses ;)

    Quick test shot with a GX1 sitting on a railing about 25 feet from a lantern. I used 2 sec timer to reduce shake. Did not critically focus it but just eyeballed it. No adjustments or editing - light was low and coming from the left side.
    _1000860-L.

    For comparison from the same location with the 75/1.8 handheld a couple of feet above the other GX1 to show a relative view.
    P1040477-L.

    Hopefully I can go to the lake and see how it works for birding this weekend.
     
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  12. Narnian

    Narnian Nobody in particular ...

    Aug 6, 2010
    Midlothian, VA
    Richard Elliott
    I was sick last weekend and the birds were very uncooperative this weekend - the Bald Eagles were hiding and the Great Blue Herons would fly off as soon as I lined up a picture :frown:

    What I did shoot makes it look like the lens is a keeper (at the low cost) and will allow me to skip getting the 100-300 for now.

    All of these were shot on a monopod at ISO 1600 with some sharpening, noise reduction and some exposure adjustments.

    P1040481-M.

    P1040490-M.

    P1040493-M.
     
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  13. snaimpally

    snaimpally Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Dec 31, 2012
    Thanks for sharing. At $199 it is not that exciting, especially when the Panny 100-300mm can be had for around $400 used. But for $129, looks to be a good deal.
     
  14. madogvelkor

    madogvelkor Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 22, 2013
    Connecticut
    I had to crop this one quite a bit, even with a 300mm lens the nest was far away. Luckily I could use a tripod which made it a lot easier.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45634447@N00/13022766653/" title="Eagle's Call by aggray, on Flickr"> 13022766653_7cd944a5f3_z. "640" height="475" alt="Eagle's Call"></a>

    This one was shot hand-held since the nuthatch kept hopping around and flying from branch to branch.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45634447@N00/13018613685/" title="White-breasted Nuthatch by aggray, on Flickr">[​IMG]"640" height="480" alt="White-breasted Nuthatch"></a>

    Another hand-held shot. The DOF is very narrow, so without focus peaking I had to magnify a lot and make sure I had the subject as sharp as I could:
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45634447@N00/13014224645/" title="Resting by aggray, on Flickr"> 13014224645_d7fcf33931_z. "640" height="480" alt="Resting"></a>

    With this lens a tripod or monopod will definitely help. It's less camera shake that is the problem than swaying back and forth slightly while taking the shot. The 2-axis IBIS of the E-PL5 seems to provide a little help.
     
  15. rpringle

    rpringle Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 9, 2014
    I saw one of these go out on ebay practically new for $91, I missed it by $1 in the last few seconds and didn't have enough time to bid again. I sort of agree that $199 is tempting but still a bit too high. I'd probably like to add $80 to that and get the Oly 45mm 1.8 myself. I am curious as to how it would be for astrophotography, seeming it's more or less a super compact telescope. I owned the Oly 75-300mm and the Panasonic 100-300mm briefly but disliked them on my E-P5 because they were just too large or unwieldy for me on that camera. Not to mention they didn't fit in my Mirrorless Mover bag which was annoying. This seems like a worthy alternative if you don't mind working around the Doughnut Bokeh and slight vignetting. This lens will be on my watch for list on Ebay for sure.

    Great pictures btw.