Minolta & Tokina

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by Carolyn, Jul 22, 2003.

  1. Carolyn

    Carolyn Guest

    I am looking at buying a Minolta Dynax 3 SLR with Tokina lenses. Does
    anyone know if this is a good choice for quality? What are Tokina like?
    Are their lenses good quality?

    Thanks.

    Carolyn.
     
    Carolyn, Jul 22, 2003
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  2. Carolyn

    Jeremy Guest

    x-no-archive: yes
    The photographer's tool is his/her LENS. It is the LENS that bends the
    light, and focuses it sharply at the film plane. Regardless of any other
    factor, your photographs will ALWAYS be limited by the quality level in your
    LENS.

    Why on earth would you want to decline the OEM lens from Minolta, and to go
    with a third-party lens, that is produced to meet a lower price point,
    rather than a certain standard of quality?

    Minolta's lenses have been so good that some of them were manufactured for,
    and sold under, the Leica brand name!

    Especially if the lens that you buy will be your only lens, or your primary
    lens, you should make it a first-rate one, if you really do intend to
    produce the finest quality images. I did that "third-party lens thing" a
    long time ago, and I quickly saw the difference between the manufacturer's
    lens (Pentax, in my case) and the cheaper alternatives. I now own 12 Pentax
    prime lenses, and I use them exclusively. The off-brand stuff has been
    sitting in a drawer for a long time.

    Believe me, if you buy an off-brand as your primary lens, you will always
    have that nagging feeling that your images aren't as good as they could have
    been.
     
    Jeremy, Jul 22, 2003
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  3. Carolyn

    Paul Brecht Guest

    agreed....

    Paul
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    Paul Brecht, Jul 22, 2003
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  4. Carolyn

    Bob Monaghan Guest

    Hi Carolyn,

    see http://medfmt.8k.com/third/cult.html#tokina on tokina lens line etc.

    the key issue with any autofocus lens by a third party is how well it
    matches the camera. IIRC, Tokina licenses its AF lenses with most mfgers
    (unlike say Sigma, which reportedly reverse engineers its AF lenses), so
    the compatibility should be good. Check with the minolta mailing list
    (egroups.yahoo.com) and archives to see if there are any reported
    problems.

    The tokina lenses I have are very good optically, and quite rugged, but I
    don't do AF anymore, just manual lens mounts, and so can't comment on AF.

    The minolta lenses are also very good, and you may find some great buys on
    the more commonly used lenses. My tendency is to buy the more exotic and
    so much more pricey oddball lenses (like fisheyes, ultrawides, long APO
    telephotos) in third party lenses, as the cost of minolta/nikon/pentax
    lenses is often much more (as in $1,000 US$+ difference on one lens).
    In some cases, third party makers offer lenses not available in the OEM
    line, or with features (APO and macro 400mm) which I find useful ;-)

    hth bobm
     
    Bob Monaghan, Jul 22, 2003
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  5. Carolyn

    Carolyn Guest

    Thanks all for your help. I bought the genuine Minolta.
     
    Carolyn, Jul 23, 2003
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