|Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 8:01 am Post subject: Tokina SZ-X 200
|Tokina SZ-X 200, 4.5-5.6/80-200, "macro" 1:4.3 at 200mm, focuses down to 1.1m, size and weight of your average 2.8/135, even cheaper at 5 to 24€ and much more versatile. Center is good from f5.6, very good at f8, worst corner needs f16 in pixel peeper mode. Very visible CA open, but almost gone at f11. As with almost any zoom 200mm is the softest, but still very usable if stopped down a bit.
I've had one in the 80s, in OM mount with a 4ti, it was my most used lens then, so I know it's weak points. Back then the worst was to get sufficient shutter speed for butterflies at 200mm, no problem any longer with high ISO and Steady Shot. Never hat to complain about lack of sharpness then, 30x45 cm prints were sharp, slides tack sharp where it was important.
A very portable walkabout lens, and more useful for it's bulk than a 135mm. That Revuenon is for comparison only, both lenses weigh ~400g.
Finding a good one took me 3 tries, no. 1 fogged up near the rear, no. 2 on back of the second group, last one is clean if a little bit decentered.
When I find the time I'll post some of my sharpness testshots. Today I'm out shooting my new baby.