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12-12-2009, 01:46 PM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by VF-19 Quote
Interesting. My promaster looks EXACTLY like the Vivitar, except it's black. It even has the "AF" in the rubber zoom ring...

Honestly, for the price I paid for it, it's an excellent lens. Things start looking pretty weird at 19mm, especially when I start forcing perspective.
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12-12-2009, 02:02 PM   #17
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I'm pretty happy with my (metal-bodied) Tokina AF 20-35mm f/3.5-4.5.

It's a very solid lens with just a bit of barrel distortion

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(K1000, Tokina AF 20-35mm f/3.5-4.5, Fujichrome Astia 100, @20mm f/8-ish IIRC)
12-15-2009, 11:08 AM   #18
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Owned the 20-35 Tokina, but film prints seemed a bit soft & lacking in contrast. Then owned the 19-35 Tokina & was pleased with it. Zooming action was a bit tight in one spot, sort of like a bump in the road. Eventually sold that, too. A while back, B&H had a closeout sale on the 19-35, so I bought it again & still own it. Surprisingly, the cosmetics are slightly changed (lens name & specs moved), while the zoom action is now very smooth. It is a solid performer with quality construction. This time it's a keeper, and luckily I'd kept the 77mm Hoya Super HMC filter!
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I have a Cosina 19-35 which looks exactly like the Vivitar. On film, it's really a bad lens, specially in the corners at 19mm, no matter how much you stop it down. But for it's price, well, I guess you can't ask for much.

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I bought the FA J 18-35 specifically to use on film. I love it. Optically pretty good -- very light weight, no vignetting, a little distortion, surprisingly sharp into the corners. The only drawback is that it is a very slow lens (4-5.6). You also need a modern film body with on-body aperture control and/or Program mode.

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