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07-18-2011, 10:55 AM   #1
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Tokina 75-300 Decent

Hi all! I just picked up a bunch of lenses at an estate sale this past weekend and one of them was a Tokina AF 75-300. It's the push/pull zoom type with macro focusing. I haven't been able to find too much info on it, but I have been learning to lean more on my personal experience with equipment when I find it as to whether I'll keep it or not.
So far I would rate the optical quality with my K10D as a 7 or so. The build quality could maybe be a little better only because the lens extends when I point the camera down towards the ground. Maybe there is some way I can tighten it up a little. I'm not sure. But it seems to be in a fairly solid casing. Auto focus is fairly fast but struggles in certain situations having to do with minimal light.
Anyway, I'll know more once I do some more shooting.

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07-19-2011, 12:44 AM   #2
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That looks like a decent lens you have there - they're certainly very nice shots!

I remember from the 80s that Tokina (zoom) lenses were always highly regarded, though I don't remember anything specific about this one.

Whenever a thread appears with a vintage zoom lens as the subject, I usually take the opportunity to promote something I did a while back:

You can use the formula here to calculate the best focal length to enter for your camera's SR - and in this case the answer is 120mm.

Have fun with your new lens!
07-19-2011, 05:35 PM   #3
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I've had this lens since my film days, still use it on my digital SLR. Sharp, contrasty photos, even at extreme tele end (450 mm equivalent!). Not a lightweight, but great for field sports.

This is on an ist*DS, ISO 400. Taken at extreme tele end (300 mm), 1/4000, f/5.6 (wide open):

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07-19-2011, 06:39 PM   #4
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I chanced across a Tokina Af 70-210 of roughly the same vintage, and it gives great IQ. I have been surprised and impressed.


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