Decent manual focus landscape lens?

Started Mar 28, 2013 | Questions thread
Mel Snyder
Mel Snyder Veteran Member • Posts: 4,088
Re: These two are not just decent

I've hung onto my 17mm f3.5 AT-X Pro lens even after I bought the 11-16mm f2.8 Tokina, and it is just as good as you claim. HOWEVER - it has a 77mm front objective, which is a bit over the top for the NEX series.

I've been really annoyed by the very negative comments on the 16-50 kit lens. Perhaps I just got a good one, but I'm going to try to load up some shots with it tomorrow. It's nowhere as bad as the rep the pundits here claim - none of which, to my awareness, have offered comparisons of the same setting with different lenses, a la dpreview.

Mojn wrote:

I'd also recommend the Zuiko 24 f2.8. It's one of the best 24 you can get. Manual focus is very easy with this lens, as it "travels" only about 1/4 - 1/3 of a full turn. My NEX 5N focus peak is acceptable with this lens (which means I can actually use focus peaking...). Focal length on NEX  is not that exciting though.

I'd also recommend Tokina 17 f3.5. Not fast, but for landscape it'll be used a lot at f8 anyway. Very good build, great manual focus and about 24mm on NEX - great for landscape. I just compared this with the mighty Nikkor 14-24 on a FF. Let me just say I was surprised... And I got it for €120 mint. Focus peak is useless with this lens, so you'll have to know your hyper-focal table.

Can't show any images that will do these two lenses justice at the time, sorry. But check this:,start,30.html

Tokina 17 f3.5

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