Tokina 19-35 f/3.5-4.5 Test Shots

2008-03-10
Tokina 19-35 f/3.5-4.5 Test Shots with Pentax K100D

Tokina 19-35 f/3.5-4.5 Test Shots with Pentax K100D

Tokina 19-35 f/3.5-4.5 Test Shots with Pentax K100D

Tokina 19-35 f/3.5-4.5 Test Shots with Pentax K100D

Tokina 19-35 f/3.5-4.5 Test Shots with Pentax K100D
I love this Tokina lens so far in the short time that I use it with my K100D. It actually replaces my Pentax DA 18-55 very much. Though it is not as wide and not as long as the Pentax kit's lens, I like its performance especially in the wider end. At wide open aperture, its sharpness beats the kit's lens. I got my copy under $100 bucks and it comes with a compatible lens hood from a great seller in eBay. I loved the lens so much that I I ordered the original Tokina lens hood from Amazon/Adoroma store. This is an AF lens from Tokina and it has a short focusing ring and AF seems to be fast in this lens and though it is all in plastic, it is very well constructed. I have gotten a lot lens flare without mounting a lens hood, the original Tokina lens hood is highly recommended accessory to get with this lens.
Impressions:
  • A highly recommended replacement for the Kit's lens.
  • A lens on the heavy side, filter size is 77mm, it is big and a bit bulky but well balanced and sturdy in use with K100D/K10D
  • Plastic fantastic, someone call this lens with a nick name
  • Good sharpness wide open aperture in 19mm and f/3.5
  • Some distortion noted on wider end
  • Front focusing ring rotates upon focusing.
  • Colorful and contrasty
  • Very fast focus on this lens due to short focus throw
  • This lens works great in both digital and film AF camera, but it won't work well with manual focus due to its short focus throw
  • Focus throw is about 1/4 turn
  • 2 touch zoom and focus ring moving in focusing, it does not bother me.
  • A good companion with DA 50-200 in outing to cover 19-35 to 50-200mm
  • Flare is intense on this lens due to lots of glass in front element, a lens hood is highly recommended
  • Good lens for landscape and street shooting, very fast focus
  • Though a bit slow, I find f/3.5 in 19mm good for interior shots with K100D, results are quite sharp in f/3.5 with ISO 400.
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3 comments:

Mick Evans said...

I have one of the for my 135 wide angle shots. It mainly gets used with either my Z-1 or MZ-S and has proven to be a really nice lens. The coating provides realy nice colour saturation.

At wide open apertures the edge to edge sharpness is not great but stopped down say to f/8.0 and it's really good.

Theres a fair bit of plastic on this lens but that's only to be expected from a budget lens. Overall I don't regret buying this one as a high quality lens with this range would be quite a hit on my pocket.

For cameras with APS-C sensors a Sigma 10-20 would be a better option but then the cost increased considerably but so does the overall image quality.

Hin Man said...

Thanks for valuable comment. I too will want to have an upgrade to wider zoom as in Sigma 10-20 and the announced future version of Tamron 10-24.

Dennis said...

I have the Sigma 10-20mm. It worked quite well on my *ist DL. Recently the DL died and I've used it a little bit (so far indoors only) on the K2000 that replaced it. As I suspected before buying it you have to really pay attention to what you're doing to mimimize distortion. Of course the distortion can be fun too. As you'd expect it's quite prone to flare but a nice flower petal hood comes with it. I highly recommend it.

Here are a few images I've gotten with it, many in a very narrow hallway. I had very little time to compose some of these. A hot shoe flash is needed due to how large the front of the lens is. You'll see what happens when you don't do that. Yes, I know there's dirt on the sensor of the DL. I never got around to getting rid of it. Getting rid of them is going to be a PIA.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/dcgibson55/3951585027/in/set-72157622443302904

http://www.flickr.com/photos/dcgibson55/3952364436/in/set-72157622443302904

http://www.flickr.com/photos/dcgibson55/3951590149/in/set-72157622443302904

http://www.flickr.com/photos/dcgibson55/3951591265/in/set-72157622443302904

http://www.flickr.com/photos/dcgibson55/3952366632/in/set-72157622443302904

http://www.flickr.com/photos/dcgibson55/3951587039/in/set-72157622443302904

http://www.flickr.com/photos/dcgibson55/3934927045/in/set-72157622287895203

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