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Comparison of Tokina and Minolta 35-200 mm Zooms

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    Posted: 08 September 2016 at 18:39
All taken using the A65 crop body. Manual focusing using focus magnification on the rear screen except some of the Xi shots since that lens is such a pain to focus manually. The 200mm shots used the small chart, as I don't have enough space to use the big chart at that focal length.

Minolta AF 35-200mm F4.5-5.6 Xi
Tokina AF 35-200mm F4-5.6

Minolta AF 28-135mm F4-4.5
Minolta AF 35-105mm F3.5-4.5 New
Minolta AF 70-210mm F4.5-5.6 II
Minolta AF 100-200mm F4.5
Sigma AF 35-135mm F3.5-4.5
Sony DT 55-200mm F4-5.6 SAM

The Tokina's internal elements look to need at least a good cleaning. The internal focus Minolta 35-200 is much wider at both ends compared to the external focus Tokina.

This is how much wider the Minota AF 35-200 Xi is at 35 mm

(The Tokina at 35 mm is at the 3:2 crops)

And the Minolta at 200mm

(The Tokina at 200 mm is at the 3:2 crops)

35 mm Center


35 mm Top Left


35 mm Bottom Right


55 mm Center


55 mm Top Left


55 mm Bottom Right


70 mm Center


70 mm Top Left


70 mm Bottom Right


105 mm Center


105 mm Top Left


105 mm Bottom Right


135 mm Center


135 mm Top Left


135 mm Bottom Right


200 mm Center


200 mm Top Left


200 mm Bottom Right


Edited by QuietOC - 08 September 2016 at 20:00
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 September 2016 at 19:26
To me it seems the 35-200 is the best lens. Your copy is however clearly decentered. Other lenses might have more contrast, but the 35-200 has more resolution: I can add contrast (to a degree), not resolution.

I knew the 35-200 XI was good, but this outstanding. (at this distance)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote QuietOC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 September 2016 at 19:48
I didn't really check the centering of the tripod to the chart so some of the centering issues might be due to camera misalignment. I'll probably update some of these as a Tamron 18-250 was just delivered--a little late for day 250.

I've been impressed by the Minolta AF 35-200. I still haven't fixed the sticky aperture on this one, but it is rather great wide-open.

The seller just offered me a $7 refund on the $20 I spent on the Tokina.

Edited by QuietOC - 08 September 2016 at 20:16
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Miranda F Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 September 2016 at 10:39
Curious. To me the two hands-down winners (in this test!) are the 28-135mm and the 55-200mm. The contrast of the latter is often scary.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 September 2016 at 11:59
Looking at it now, the 35-200 is less impressive then yesterday
Probably the ambient light is different. Also, I need to scroll on my 13" screen and the lenses move around with different focal lengths - makes comparing a pain.

Still, the 35-200 still is a good performer.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote kerrath Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 September 2016 at 22:07
When I tried out a Tokina 35-200mm against the beercan I was pretty impressed. I didn't do anything serious like this, but I knew for having a wider range, it was a really solid performer.

What a great lens. It really excels in the corners!

I wonder how its corners are on a full-frame. (Idle curiosity; I'm not sure if/when I'll own a full frame.)
 



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