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sdcs Oct 9, 2010 4:26 PM

E-PL1 + Tokina SZ-X 270 = perfect!
Bought it on ebay for nothing ($7 shipped), NIB, and it is just what I expected - as short and light like as a m4/3 lens, 3.55" (2.55) and 14.15 oz (11.25) w/ (o) adapter. 28-70mm f3.5-4.5 SD, the extra reach more than the kit lens is not much but ideal because longer will be too shaky for video. The Vivitar's are so heavy that I was never brave enough to grab the camera body only, now I can.

It's a raining day, the flowers (very small) are indoor w/o lights on. It has a real macro, 1 feet (2.3' non-macro). I actually like the two-ring design, no worry about focal length move while zooming, which breaks the match to the IBIS.

This lens will stay in my EPL1 for 90% with the kit lens and Vivitar 70-210 for the rest. A 3 set for less than $20 total, cannot be happier. I'll keep an eye on a small 70-300.

sdcs Oct 10, 2010 5:08 PM

It's a dark lens (dark condition though)

sdcs Oct 10, 2010 6:26 PM

Dark even under very good lighting
Is it supposed to be auto exposure? Then why one lens could produce darker or, as in the case of Tullio's pancake, brighter images?

On the other hand, video seems perfect, unlike the kit lens that can be easily washed out.

sdcs Oct 11, 2010 2:05 AM

This is a video, you can see how pleasant the colors are and how well (over) exposure was controlled. Very shaky though, because the focal length was 70mm (140mm) without IBIS.

MYNISTA Oct 11, 2010 4:46 PM

Where did you get the lens adapter from? Takes nice vids! I just bought one myself thanks to your vid.

sdcs Oct 11, 2010 5:25 PM

eBay, lots of them around $20.

MYNISTA Oct 11, 2010 5:42 PM


Originally Posted by sdcs (Post 1153321)
eBay, lots of them around $20.

THx, what is the adapter called? Does the Tokina lens have a Bayonet fit? Thx again!

sdcs Oct 11, 2010 6:06 PM

It depends on your lens' mount. Mine is Minolta M/MD, you must figure out what mount your Tokina has.

MYNISTA Oct 11, 2010 6:12 PM

Ok, thx for the help, im ver y new to this, just got the elp-1 last week. how do i found out the mount details on the lens? the one i have coming says its a bayonet fit. its actually the TOKINA SD 28-70mm 1:35-4.5

sdcs Oct 11, 2010 7:39 PM

Not sure, like this:

MYNISTA Oct 11, 2010 11:54 PM

[Edit] I'll have to do some research. I don't know if the lens would use that adapter per say...but right idea. Thx!

sdcs Oct 12, 2010 1:47 AM

This is very helpful:

MYNISTA Oct 12, 2010 11:10 AM


Tullio Oct 12, 2010 4:53 PM


Originally Posted by sdcs (Post 1152785)
Is it supposed to be auto exposure? Then why one lens could produce darker or, as in the case of Tullio's pancake, brighter images?


I sent the 20mm back to Amazon this morning. After shooting with it on my EPL1 this past w/e I decided that the two don't get along at all (unless shooting in low light conditions). Most of the time I had to reduce the exposure by +1.0 (or more in some cases) in order to preserve the highlights and as a result, I got tons of very dark images. Very disappointing. I'm very curious as to how many people have experienced the same exact problem but don't dare to say anything because the 20mm is supposed to be the best thing since sliced bread. The Oly 17mm worked much better on my EP1 than the 20mm does on the EPL1. Unfortunately, I sold it because I wanted the 20mm once the price was right.

The question, as you mentioned, is why the camera over exposes so much with one lens but not the other? The EPL1 has great DR with the kit lens (or the Lumix 45-200mm, which impressed the heck out of me) but struggled with the 20mm. Maybe the 20mm is an excellent performer in low light but not as good in high contrast conditions.

Tullio Oct 12, 2010 5:18 PM

What is the difference between this lens and the Tokina SD 28-70mm?

sdcs Oct 12, 2010 5:23 PM

No idea, there is SZ-X II series too.

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