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Old Jun 25, 2006, 11:14 AM   #1
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Hi, I'm really in doubt here for the purchase of a lens.

It's going to be one of these 2. They're both in good condition and I can afford them.

1st one is a Tokina SD 70-210mm f4/5.6 P/KA http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...tem=7619757687
2nd one: Tokina SZ-X 210 N 70-210 f4/5.6 P/KA
http://www.thkphoto.com/products/tokina/mfl-05.html

The only differences are:

nr 1 only has 1:5 macro, where nr 2 has 1:4
nr 1 has SD glass (Super Low Dispersion) and nr 2 doesn't.

nr 2 is newer than the 1st one.

Price and condition is virtually equal.

My question is: Should I go for the 1:4 macro and new & boxed lens, or should I go for the (older) lens with SD glass?

In other words, does the SD glass really make such a big difference?


edit: Just found some more info on it. it seems the macro rate would be more or less equal.

So basicly what I need to know is:
SZ-X or SD? What should I do?
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Old Jun 25, 2006, 4:23 PM   #2
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that's a tough question.. if they are both KA lenses then i'd probably go for the older lens. but i really don't know. can you not find a vivitar series1? i know you'd like it. there are several over here..

edit: the SD glass cuts down on chromatic aberration. that's purple fringing in high contrast objects.
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Old Jun 26, 2006, 2:17 PM   #3
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I went for the SZ-X, for a couple of reasons.

1: it's new & boxed. That minimizes the risk.

2: Due to the extremely compact design of the SD lens, I was a little worried about stability and zoom creep...

3: These SD lenses are all over ebay, while I could not find another SZ-X. So if I don't like it, I can always resell and get a different one.

Besides, I've always liked "oddballs". I'll post some pictures of a guitar I got for next to nothing, you'll see what I mean then

Pictures with this lens will be posted soon it should arrive shortly (Had very good experiences with the British Royal Airmail)

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Old Jun 26, 2006, 4:14 PM   #4
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i'd like a couple shots out side from a bit of a distance wide open..

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Old Jul 3, 2006, 6:05 AM   #5
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It just arrived, I'll take it out for a spin this evening.

Here's a few quick tests. The manual focus is something I'll have to get used to

Seems like a very nice little lens though. Very compact, so I can leave it on permanently in my little camera bag.,

More pics to follow.



This one's cropped & sharpened. It's not a real macro lens...only 1:4

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