Recommendations for wide-angle zoom

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by Al, Feb 7, 2004.

  1. Al

    Al Guest

    The local camera-monger shows a number of zoom lenses covering the
    19-35mm range (all f3.5-4.5), from Vivitar, Tamron and Tokina.

    All of these cost between 160 - 200 GBP, which is about half the cost
    of the Nikon equivalent.

    Can anyone suggest which of the makes I've listed would be the best
    buy? Are there any on-line reviews or comparisons?

    Al, Feb 7, 2004
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  2. I have tried both the Tamron and the Vivitar (a Series 1 type). For the
    price, they both are good and useful lenses. I couldn't perform tests
    for anti-glare coating or the like, but in my opinion they are quite
    similar lenses, I guess the optical scheme is the same for both as well
    as the quality.
    Silvio Bacchetta, Feb 7, 2004
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  3. Al

    Sorby Guest

    Go here...

    Under the 'Browsing the Lens Database' section you can query the database.
    Select Brand - 4.Nikon compatible
    Select Lens Type - 1. Ultra-wide zooms
    (you can ignore the other two options if you like)

    Then hit 'OK'

    Hope that's of some use.
    Sorby, Feb 7, 2004
  4. Al

    tony Guest

    I have the Cosina 19-35 fitted to a Canon EOS, it has become my standard
    lens. I am very pleased with it.
    tony, Feb 7, 2004
  5. Al

    TP Guest

    These lenses have been tested at various times by Amateur
    Photographer, including a group test that included the Vivitar and
    Tokina. The Tamron is basically similar to the Vivitar.

    The Tokina won hands down. It was much sharper than the Vivitar (and
    the near-identical Cosina, which was also tested) and had much lower
    distortion. The distortion of the Vivitar/Cosina/Soligor lens (they
    are all made in the same factory) is extremely high with severe barrel
    distortion at the wide end of the zoom range and severe pincushion
    distortion at the long end. The Tokina's distortion is much less than
    half the distortion of these three lenses.

    The build quality of the Tokina is also excellent.

    There is an earlier 20-35mm version of the Tokina which has a metal
    barrel. This is also a sharp lens with well controlled distortion. I
    prefer it to the later 19-35mm Tokina which has an ABS barrel.

    I have owned two of these 20-35mm Tokina lenses, the first in Nikon AF
    mount. Optically it trounced the 18-35mm Nikkor and cost half as much.

    My second is in Pentax AF mount. Alas it will have to go on eBay soon
    as I am selling my Pentax outfit to concentrate on 35mm rangefinder,
    medium format and Olympus digital gear.

    I would not hesitate to recommend the Tokina over the others.
    TP, Feb 9, 2004
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