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03-26-2011, 10:21 PM   #1
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Tokina 28-70

There is someone locally selling a Tokina 28-70 AT-X Pro for $175, it looks to me like the good version of the lens. Any thoughts on this lens ? My concern is that this focal length range may not be as useful as I would like, particularly with a DSLR sensor size.

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Buy it because if you don't like it, you can always sell for twice of that (if in good condition). From what I hear it's a pretty good lens.
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Yeah, why haven't you bought it already?
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In that case, the question becomes DA 40mm 2.8 vs the Tokina? I don't think I can get the wife to go with both. I mean, how much better is this going to be than the K-x kit lenses?

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Hrm, the choice between might be hard: but those old AT-Xes are good lenses. Big, but good. (fast zooms made for full frame) I wouldn't worry so much about the FL, (I'm biased because I favor that field of view range for standard zooms, but you *will survive* if you choose so. )


Two different things, there. They're both good things. Which do you *want?*
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28-70 is a near normal to medium telephoto range.
Kit lens is 18-55, medium wide to short telephoto.

Like Ratmagiclady said, "Two different things".
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QuoteOriginally posted by dalcant757 Quote
In that case, the question becomes DA 40mm 2.8 vs the Tokina? I don't think I can get the wife to go with both. I mean, how much better is this going to be than the K-x kit lenses?
Since you are not sure what focal lengths you will prefer, my advice is to use your K-x and the kit lens a bit more and see if you would rather have more range or a wider angle. Like you, I had no idea what I wanted so I bought a K7 with 18-55 and 50-200 kit zooms. The only time I have ever needed longer than 50mm was to shoot animals at the zoo, and I typically used 135mm.

The vast majority of my shots are with the 18-35mm range of the kit zoom and I often find myself needing a wider angle. You may find yourself in the same situation and look for a wide angle lens instead of the 40mm. The 40mm is a great all-around lens, but it is too narrow for my regular needs. I have a 35mm prime and it is nice, but my future lens purchases will likely be on the wide end of things.

To sum up, just use the kit lens until you know what focal lengths you need, then shop for a supplemental lens. Personally I would never use the Tokina lens you mentioned because the focal length zoom range is too long for me. I would prefer a 16-45 instead. That said, the price looks pretty good if you knew you would use it. Good luck.

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I was actually thinking of the 40 mostly due to its size. I was figuring that if i could carry the K-x along with the lens in my pocket, it would mean that I would just take a lot more pictures. My next lens was going to be something on the wide end, maybe the 15. I find myself using the 18-55 much more than the 55-300. I would probably end up just taking the 28-70 out when I want to do portraits or something.

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I'll muddy the waters even more for you. If you want a very small wide lens, look at the DA 21mm. A great walk-around prime lens that is almost as small as the 40mm.
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QuoteOriginally posted by gp1806 Quote
I'll muddy the waters even more for you. If you want a very small wide lens, look at the DA 21mm. A great walk-around prime lens that is almost as small as the 40mm.
I was just about to reply that the K-x and a 21mm would be a great combination that is nearly as small as the 40mm but is wider. Great advice here.
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