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Old November 21st, 2012, 05:22 PM   #1
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Vivitar fd 28-90mm or Tokina 35-70mm

Hey all,

I've actually got an Nex 5n, which I use to take video and thought that this section would be the best place to post this question.

I currently have the kit 18-55mm lens and a few primes, but would like to get a medium zoom lens. I didn't want to spend much say sub $200 and I am considering the two below options. I have read pretty good things about both.

Vivitar fd 28-90mm F2.8
Tokina AT-X 35-70mm F2.8

The only thing putting me off the Vivitar is the size / weight for my nex 5n.

What are your thought? Which one would you choose or am I missing an obvious contender?

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Old November 23rd, 2012, 04:45 AM   #2
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Re: Vivitar fd 28-90mm or Tokina 35-70mm

If you are referring to the vivitar 28-90 2.8-3.5, it's extremely varifocal, so not a chance it will keep focus as you zoom in or out, but it has an extremely nice macro ability and is pretty sharp.

Don't know much about the tokina.
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Old November 23rd, 2012, 05:59 PM   #3
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Re: Vivitar fd 28-90mm or Tokina 35-70mm

Very few still camera lenses will keep focus as you zoom. My 24-105 Canon L is close but not right on. If you want to zoom during a shot you need a cine zoom.

Some of those old Vivitar lenses were pretty good. And the Tokina lenses I've been involved with are decent as well. I recently got an old Nikkor 35-70 f2.8 from eBay. It's in perfect condition, looks like new. Got it for under $500. I did a test with the FS100 with my Zess f1.4 50, the Canon 24105 and the Nikkor, all at 50mm and the same f-stop. The Zeiss, naturally, looked the best, and to my eye and a few others who saw the test, the Nikkor looked better than the Canon.
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