Old Lens Modern Camera – Tokina 20-35mm f/3.5-4.5 Review (Autofocus)

July 06, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

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Tokina 20-35mm f/3.5-4.5

Some of you probably know by now i have a thing for vintage and old lenses from the days of film era. I had been searching for a lens for my Landscape work and night time light painting, Wide enough for Full frame and that would not break the bank. A lot of decent old lenses originally meant for film camera’s can be had for fairly cheap on eBay.

After doing a bit of research and knowing that i did not need a fast lens or my landscape work i decided to hunt down one of these lenses.

They come in two different versions mk1 and mk2 (mk1 apparently better and is smaller, I found a mk1). They are unfortunately as rare as hens teeth, When found though can be had for a very reasonable price.  This one came in at £120 with shipping from Japan, It came with original case and UV Filter (72mm thread).

When it arrived this morning i was surprised at how small and compact the lens actually is. When i opened the package i wanted to send it off to a museum, for something so old it looks as though it has never been used in its life, The leather case still smells new. (It was released early 90’s).

It has a solid metal construction, manual aperture ring, and lovely smooth focus and zoom rings.

Of course though the proof is in the pudding and i decided to test it out in a garden, These images are just test shots, all shot wide open at 3.5 and 4.5 because of course things only get better when you go higher on the f stop range.

20mm wide open. Nice and sharp in the center, Not so much around the edges.  a small amount of vignetting which is easily fixed in Post. (Remember to shoot RAW.)

The close focus on this lens is 0.4 meters.

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At 35mm Nice and sharp all round the image with some nice DOF.

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20mm Landscape again very sharp, fall off at the edges though.

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35mm Pretty sharp across the image.

 

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The focus seems pretty fast with this lens too, of course you wont be shooting wildlife with these lengths.

I am so pleased with this lens and highly recommend it for anyone on a budget. It will do me until i can get my hands on a Nikon 14-24mm again, Or for when i need to use filters on the front of the lens (This one does rotate though).

As always look for a good copy with no dust and scratches. I managed to get lucky with this one.

 

 


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