UW and W angle lenses.. best buy for your buck?
I'm going to buy the Nikkor 20mm f/2.8 lens soon, but I was wondering, is there a reasonable zoom lens that's 20-24 or 20-28 (so really anything less than 20 to up to 28mm) for a reasonable price?
I have about $1000 to "blow" on a lens, and I thought the $700 I'm going to spend on the 20mm was good enough for that precision, but liking zoom, I need to know...
Are there any good wide angle zooms around for 'little' money?
#1. "RE: UW and W angle lenses.. best buy for your buck?" | In response to Reply # 0
#2. "RE: UW and W angle lenses.. best buy for your buck?" | In response to Reply # 1f5fstop Basic MemberWed 05-Jul-00 06:00 PM
From personal experience the Tokina 20-35 F/2.8 lens is great. I could start an argument, but I believe it is as good as the Nikkor equivalent. But then again, that's my opinion.
Mike is correct, it is $699.00 at B&H and if I read the information on their website correctly, there is also a $60.00 rebate on top of that price, making it $639.00.
Adorama also sells the camera for about the same price.
These are both reliable places I have dealt with both many times. I would write or call them to double check that the rebate comes off the $699.00 price.
The lens itself is made of aluminum with a brass mounting ring. It's not the lightest lens in the world, but it is built like a battleship. Filter size is 77mm (which all Tokina Pro-ATX lenses are.) If you decide to purchase one, make sure it's the Pro-ATX lens. They also have a 20-35 that is plastic and the optics are not as good.
Oh yea, Tamron also makes a 20-40mm F/2.7-3.5. Do not believe it is as good as the Tokina in construction; however, optics may be just as good. (Tokina was started by Nikon engineers.)
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#3. "RE: Tokina lenses ... best buy for your buck?" | In response to Reply # 2jrp Charter MemberWed 05-Jul-00 07:46 PM
LAST EDITED ON Jul-05-00 AT 11:47 PM (GMT)
Tokina lenses are very good.
In fact I just made a consultation to THK (the USA
distributor) to either confirm or deny the Nikon
engineers origin of the Tokina and the Hoya glass
participation. They confirmed it as follows:
"........ It is true, Tokina was established by a group of Nikon optical engineers and executives that wanted to concentrate on zoom lens design at a time when there were only a couple zoom lenses on the market and they were of rather poor quality.
Tokina started out as an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) make products under other brand names and then in the early 1970's the Company established their own Tokina brand name.
The glass in Tokina lenses is made by Hoya Corporation to Tokina spec, the worlds largest manufacturer of optical glass. Hoya makes glass for several Japanese camera manufactures, including Mamiya, Bronica, and Tamron. They also make virtually half of the world's glass used in eye-glasses. Besides filters and optical glass, Hoya also makes the substraight material for hard drives and semiconductors.
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#5. "RE: Tokina lenses ... best buy for your buck?" | In response to Reply # 3bgs Charter MemberThu 06-Jul-00 05:18 PM
interesting indeed. Btw, If you can supply additional Tokina info, I am sure that many members would be interested. If so, use the Tokina forum - thanks partner
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