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Tokina SZ-X SD 28-105mm f/4-5.3 Vintage Lens Review - Verdict

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Value For Money

This may not be a lens that immediately shouts out for our attention, and indeed so much so that the cost of this sample was zero, it being received as a gift along with a few unwanted film cameras and lenses. In any event, the price may well be low and if one can be found in good condition and at a cost of a few pounds then the reward will be some excellent results.


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Tokina SZ-X SD 28-105mm f/4-5.3 Verdict

This is a difficult one to assess in that it has a major flaw, that is, the lamentable minimum focusing distance. It is a measure of what we have become used to, and to put it in context, going back to the late 1950s and early 1960s then, say, a 135mm lens might only focus down to 13 feet. Now we expect distances approaching true macro. It was common for lenses to have dedicated close up devices in the form of extension tubes or specific filters. The macro range of this lens does mitigate that to some extent, but it is hardly convenient.

However, the results are excellent and using the Tokina SZ-X SD 28-105mm f/4-5.3 lens can be a very satisfactory overall, so if its features appeal then it could be an interesting and rewarding experience. For its redeeming qualities, it can be recommended.

Tokina SZ-X SD 28-105mm f/4-5.3 Pros

  • Excellent sharpness
  • Low central CA
  • Solidly made
  • Good distortion results
  • Excellent DOF indications
  • Likely modest price

Tokina SZ-X SD 28-105mm f/4-5.3 Cons

  • Very limited close focusing
  • Susceptible to flare
  • Some edge CA (correctable)

Overall Verdict

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