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12-13-2008, 02:15 PM   #1
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Tokina 35-300 Superzoom

Does anyone else have one of these? I still have mine, although I've yet to try it on my GX-10.

12-13-2008, 03:34 PM   #2
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Are you sure the focal lengths are correct? That looks like more of a megazoom than anything else.
12-14-2008, 02:47 AM   #3
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Yes, the focal lengths are correct, the box describes it as a "Super Mini Zoom". To give it its correct description - 35-300 f4.5-6.7 SD (Super Low Dispersion), the Tokina model number is AF353.

This lens was sold in the late nineties, I bought mine in 1998 when I was working in a photo store.

In digital terms it works out as 42.5-450mm.

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I look forward to seeing your results - I use the ATX 840 80-400 series one from the same era so will share a lttle experience as performance is likely to be similar.
The lens is a bit soft at full extension but alright when there is enough light to stop the lens down a bit, consequently I consciously tried not to rack the lens out to full extension. When reviewing the images there are very few shots at the full 400mm. The auto focus is reasonable but the focus can be tweaked a little when used on manual (auto clutch would be nice) as the viewfinder feedback indicates focus has been obtained but this can be further sharpened by sight. Images produced from the lens were used in the local paper, but that could have been lack of competition rather than image merit :-) . I wish that the Series two was more commonly available in Pentax mount as it is reputed to have greatly improved IQ.

Following are three examples from K20D at f5.6. Taken in JPEG with spot focus and only resized for web view. The contrast and sharpness is set at +1 in camera, ISO 100 AWB.

The first one is at 300mm 1/250. At this focal point and resolution the lens is reasonably sharp but at 100% res it has some purple fringeing and softness.

This second image is at 400mm 1/800. It also appears reasonable but again at 100% is quite ugly.

Third image is also at 400mm when there was time to tweak the focus a little and the image is better for it, 1/200. It is getting the pattern in the shirt weave and the kicker's eyelashes so I can't really complain.

These were taken at a local rugby league comp. and most of the images produced on the day were taken at 100-250 range so this lens was perhaps too long. I switched to the 50-200 for part of the comp and was generally more pleased with the results from that lens but was limited to shots from my side of the field. I used my DL2 with wide angle for the nearer shots and team shots.

I hope this is of some help as to what you could expect from your lens.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Macca35 Quote
Does anyone else have one of these? I still have mine, although I've yet to try it on my GX-10.
I have one of these, and I have mixed feelings about it. while I like the extreme range it does have some very big drawbacks. Firstly PF is harsh at maximum zoom, the lens is very heavy and without the barrel lock creep is a major issue. Also the minimum focusing distance is huge which can be very frustrating if taking portraits. for these reasons I don't think I have made the most of it and I feel I should experiment with it more before getting rid.

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