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Tuesday, 11 October 2011


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The Nikon 35mm f1.8 DX lens is also excellent, as well as being a stop faster and working on the D40 and D5100, and being a lot cheaper.

On the B&H website:

"Note! Not suitable for 35mm film SLR cameras or digital camera with image sensor bigger than APS-C size"

*Gnashes teeth*

Wow, having seen the price of this lens on B&H, I thought 'ooh, I might get one'. Being in the UK, I checked amazon.co.uk, and the price difference is staggering - I'm used to paying a bit more, but double the price is ridiculous. Moral of the story - buy from the states!

Well, in regard to John's cropped image, (and not having the whole image to see what's what), I would have cropped it to just behind the girl, to try to do away with the guy with half his head cut off.

Just saying ... .

(now where is that flame proof suit to put on quick ...).

I wish they would build a B&W square format digital camera.

I have added that lens to my wish list.

The lens was developed in cooperation with Tokina, and Tokina sells its version in a different barrel design for both Canon and Nikon mounts.

So you're finally admitting it! ;) (A light tickle; I remember you being somewhat resistant to that information when you posted your review on this site.)

I see that some people in the net have described the Tokina version as looking like a "toilette bowl plunger". I guess that is why it is usually under the radar. Esthetics of a different kind.

DP Review lists the Tokina as APS-C and the Pentax as full-frame. Are they really the same optic?

The Pentax DA 35mm Macro Limited is an amazing lens. Unlike the "plasticky" lenses that Canikon produces, it is made entirely of glass and metal - amazing feel to it. Best optical performance I've ever come across - typically mounted my Pentax K10D.

FWIW, there is a very well regarded 35mm f:1.8 lens made by Sony for its APS-C cameras that is priced at only $199. It is mostly plastic and feels much too light for one to expect good performance, but the lens appears to make a believer out of everyone who tries it.

I literally just acquired mine this evening, so all I have done with it so far is a handful of casual shots with no attempt at a serious test, but what I have seen so far makes me agree with the rave user reviews at B&H. (Which, BTW, give an average score comparable to the B&H user reviews for the Pentax/Tokina 35mm f:2.8, which is more than a stop slower.)

This would be usable on your A900, although the A900 would automatically crop the image to APS-C size when it detected the lens ID info.

With best wishes,
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I know why you don't do lens reviews anymore, and I can't blame you. But still... can you blame me for asking you to?

Robert Meier...

...plus one for that Nikon 35mm f/1.8...cheap and a decent performer...just spent a week in Sonoma shooting for an art director and ended up using this a lot, and I don't even care that much for a "normal"! I'm absolutely sure it had something to do with size, it was great to actually use a lens smaller than the camera body for once! I don't get it, if Nikon can make this, why can't they make my DX sized 24mm f/2.8 (good for my 35mm range, which I DO use all the time)...heard they just came out with a 40mm macro as well...down with lenses the size of coffee cans, let's get back to some sanity...

Why doesn't Tokina start making a complete lens line of single focal length lenses for APS-C sized cameras, all with f/2.8 apertures and slim dimensions. I swear I'd sell every ridiculously large zoom I own and buy them. I say start with an 18, 24, 35, 60, and 120...

I didn't know of a Canon version of this lens. Then I immediately thought of using it on a 1.3 crop like the 1D MKIII. Obviously this works: http://tinyurl.com/6knzwc8, and would open up new possibilities, so to say.

Canon should make a smaller body with a 1.3 crop sensor and weather sealing, and/or Pentax should make a body like the K-7 with 20th-century AF and 1.3 crop sensor ;-)

Relative to the focal length being "too long" remember that this is, after all, a macro lens. It seems to me that 35mm (on APS C) is probably about as short as one would want for macro work, where a shorter lens would make the macro working distances so close as to be impractical.

My favorite 35mm is the 4th version of the Nikkor F/2.8 Ai. I got one in excellent used condition from KEH for about $200.00. There are some old gems out there for not a lot of money if you can give up autofocus.

I wish they would build a B&W square format digital camera.

I have added that lens to my wish list.

This is exactly why I love my Panasonic G2. You can shot in square format, and I think the native B&W setting is excellent. I know this isn't necessarily the "right" way to shoot (i.e., use the whole sensor, shoot in RAW and then convert to B&W using the channel mixer), but it works really well for me and saves a lot of time in post-processing.

I've been using the tokina version on my Canon 40D for a year now and its a great lens.I've hardly use anything else now.

Also its macro capabilities are amazing.Watch for the lens hood casting a shadow on your super close macro shots.

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