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  1. #1
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    Feb 2006
    Des Plaines, IL

    Tokina AF 20-35mm f/3.5-4.5

    One of the more useful indoor lenses, I have found, for the SONY A100 wound up being made by Tokina.

    The 20-35mm range converts, after the SONY's 1.5x DCF, to 30-52.5mm. That's pretty much a wide angle to normal stretch. It allows focusing as close as 10-inches!

    It is quick as anything else out there and relatively cheap on ebay. ($30-50)

    While it may not have the overall range of the 17-50mm f/2.8s, this one will definitely get you close without the extra $400 expense. You'll be amazed at how nice this lens handles and delivers. It's definitely a lot brighter than the 18-70mm kit.

    Here is a side-by-side between the two ... using identical settings ... I did it twice to be sure. They are merely cropped and resized, but otherwise straight from the camera.

    EXIF data for both shots: 26mm - f/16 - 1/125 sec - ISO400 - 0 step EC - handheld

    Tokina 20-35mm f/3.5-4.5
    Attachment 22758

    SONY 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6
    Attachment 22759

    The only thing that could have changed was the information being sent to the SONY external flash ... otherwise ... identical. Remeber, the new DSLR lenses have eight contacts where the older Minolta 35mm-film style only have five.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 04-07-2007 at 08:50 PM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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  2. #2
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    Apr 2007

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    Good 2 know Don. I am already watching one because of your advise.
    Ti eukolon? To allo hupotithestai

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