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Old Jul 20, 2005, 4:17 PM   #1
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heres what the Tokina 5.5X looks like on a Kodak DX6490
You mostly use it on a tripod


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Old Jul 21, 2005, 6:08 AM   #2
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Hi TechJD

First, sorry about skipping your post over at

http://www.myfreebulletinboard.com/f2/1-about618.html

I tend to get carried away in one direction & then have to go back over others comments - please don't take offense.

Second, and more relevant to this post - where did you get the Tokina & how well does it perform ?

I've got a 2.5x by them, but find that from about 1/2 way out from the centre of frame it gets really soft.

Curious if yours is any sharper to edge/corner - have you got any comparison shots taken with the 6490 using it ?

Interested because I'm looking for something to give a bit more reach - I have a TCON17, but for bird photography in the field it's not enough, & I can't afford a good spotting scope+adapter (both in terms of cost & weight!).

I've looked at this site, but as it's in the States bit nervous about ordering expensive items for International shipping:

http://home.att.net/~infraredvideo/ir_video_000002.htm

Hope you look back in Easysharers soon.

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Old Jul 21, 2005, 9:32 AM   #3
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ok thanks for the reply on the other

as for the Tokina 5.5X VC, I found it on ebay
I got it cause I wanted to take photos of wildlife

heres some shots with it all shots with DX6490
at 45ft
no zoom
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10X
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10X Plus Tokina 5.5X
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At 200 yards

no zoom
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10X
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10X Plus Tokina 5.5X
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Horse is near that same bush
not full zoom
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I was driving to town one day
taken while holding camera leaning againts back door of van
turkey was aprox 400yards +, hit digital zoom slightly
it was a little cloudy that day
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I have to say that I am very happy with the resualts of this lens
I didnt pay near the price they are listed for on that site
but that 12X looks interesting if I have some $$$ just laying around lol

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Old Jul 21, 2005, 10:54 AM   #4
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Thanks for posting those - pretty impressive.

Looking at the shot of the horse, it's a little soft towards the edges/corners, but there's a lot more useable area than I get with my 2.5x.

Guess I'll have to keep an eye on eBay & see if anything similar comes up in the UK.

I've looked at some of the Kenko monoculars, but can't find anywhere here that sells them - only other possibility is an EagleEye OpticZoom, but they're a bit expensive...

Looking forward to seeing some more wildlife shots with it.

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Old Jul 23, 2005, 2:01 AM   #5
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Hi Ian - the EagleEye OpticZoom lens (UK manufactured) is indeed a little expensive but from personal experience till now definitely worth it. They appear rather limited on Ebay but a site worth viewing for a good second-hand lens is www.birdforum.net I regularly see folks selling them as they move on to dSLR or scopes.

Good luck!

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Old Jul 23, 2005, 2:56 AM   #6
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Thanks for the pointer, Herman - I'll keep an eye on there as well.

The full price is a bit much for me at the moment - I'd rather put the money towards a DSLR body & use my 35mm Tele's - but if one comes up at half-price that'd be tempting.

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Old Jul 23, 2005, 3:44 AM   #7
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the EagleEye OpticZoom lens is a 37mm mount
vingetting would be bad I would think for like a DX6490

my Tokina 5.5X is a 49mm mount

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Have you seen any with a 55mm mount? I'd like to avoid as much vignetting as possible through out the zoom range.


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