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 Post subject: Tokina 35mm f/2.8
PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 9:45 pm 
Hi
Any comments about the Tokina 35mm f/2.8.
i am looking for a macro lens which i can use as a portrait lens.
to be honest i am very tempted to get the newish canon 100mm f2.8 is usm L but the tonkia is not to expensive for the specifications and i guess is more useful.
any input?
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P.S. i am also considering the tamron 60mm f2.0 but its abit expensive and would go for the 100mm being a canon not 3rd party and an L lens


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 10:31 pm 
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Isn't a 35mm a bit short for lots of macro-stuff? Considering a 35mmand 100mm is like weighing up apples and potatoes: you can eat both, but they have entirely different uses.

I'm not into macro so not in a position to recommend anything, but for the kind of work I'd do, I'd get the 60mm or 100mm.

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Definitely the 60 mm F/2
60mm is a great portrait range, and you can get the background really creamy at F/2 for portraits.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 9:10 am 
@ bjorn
you are right about the large differences b/w the canon and tonkia both for portraits and macro shots of timid subjects.
the tonkia achieves a 1:1 at about 10cm if i recall correctly and the cannon at 30cm.

im just weighing the choices than compromise with what i get.

@Citruspers
my main problems with the tamron is that it not easy to find a copy not from Hong Kong ( i have some classical conditioning against HK dunno if its legitimate]
and also i can cover that range with the inexpensive canon 50mm f1.8
it may not be great but for its price it definitely a practical compromise


i saw many review and comparison charts and the canon seems to be very sharp even at f2.8
what im really think i guess is the canon too much for a amateur


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 9:30 am 
alsi the tamron specs say the magnification is actually 1:0.9 is that normal for macro lenses to be at x0.9?


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1:0.9 is certainly not "normal" for a macro lens, but that is indeed only a 10% higher magnification as with any "normal" macro-lens.
Btw. on that site they quote "only" 1:1 max magnification!

From my experience a macro lens cannot be long enough: many small critters shy away when the looming shadow of a lens comes nearer than 30-50cm :shock: With a 35mm macro you'll have 7cm max distance from the front-lens at 1:1 :idea:

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If you're not into insect or wildlife macro, then the shorter focal length isn't bad and might even be helpful (more shake friendly).

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 8:23 pm 
a ic the x0.9 i saw was for the tamron but i check the official size and has 1:1 listed so it must have been an error in one of the thrid party sites i saw.
i'll probably get the canon soon and drain my savings :D being a students is so much fun


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Student life is great indeed! Haha!
Another problem with a 35mm is exposure. If you get that close to your subject, shadows from your camera could prove very annoying...

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ps
i bought the 100mm wiii


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