CamerAgX

March 3, 2017

CamerAgX – The three most popular blog entries

The three most popular blog entries over the last quarter

Angenieux 28-70 f:2.6 Angenieux 28-70mm f:2.6 AF

Nikon FE2 The Nikon FE2: one of the very best manual focus SLRs ever.

 

Olympus OM-2s - close-up (front) The Olympus OM system and a camera to rediscover: the OM-2s

The three most popular recent blog entries

Canon FD to Fuji X adapter, and Canon FL 55mm Old lenses on new gear – manual focus lenses on mirrorless cameras

The Canon FT/QL and the Pentaxx Spotmatic SP both offer Stopped Down Metering. To determine the exposure, the photographer has to push the big switch to the left (Canon) or to lift the switch in the red circle (Pentax) - which is not a very natural movement. You wish you had three hands. Stopped down or full aperture metering – why it still matters for users of mirrorless cameras today

Canon A-1. The control wheel is used to change the lens aperture or the shutter speed in auto mode What camera for the film renaissance (part II): SLRs from 1975-1985: my picks


The most popular picture

Nikon F3 - Nikkor 24mm AF

Lunch Break – Quai de la Seine – Paris

March 5, 2010

About Tokina’s 28-70mm f:2.6-2.8 AT-X Pro and its Angenieux ties

Filed under: Gear — Tags: , , , , , — xtalfu @ 12:31 am
Nikon Glass Blog

Nikon Glass


The pages about the Angenieux 28-70 zoom lens have been the biggest hit of this blog so far.


Manufactured in relatively small volumes by a renown French company, this lens disappeared from the shelves in the mid nineties, only to resurface – slightly modified – as an AT-X Pro after Tokina bought the design. So says the legend, at least.


More about the Tokina AT-X Pro saga can be found in a page published in November by John Cazolis in his blog Nikon Glass. John explores the different versions of Tokina’s 28-70 zoom, and tests extensively the AT-X Pro 28-70mm f:2.6-2.8, which is considered the closest to the original Angenieux design.


There are always a few Tokina AT-X Pro 28-70 lenses for sale on eBay, but the first iteration of the Pro model – the one that John Cazolis recommends – is relatively difficult to find. Expect to pay between $200 and $300 for a nice lens in good condition.

September 22, 2009

Angenieux 28-70mm f:2.6 AF

Filed under: Gear — Tags: , , , — xtalfu @ 11:04 pm


The 28-70 f:2.6 was Angenieux’s last consumer oriented zoom, designed for Nikon, Minolta and Nikon AF cameras. With a very wide aperture, an all-glass and all-metal construction, it was positioned to compete with the “pro” series zooms of the big three. The tests performed by the specialized press at that time showed that it was THAT good. Unfortunately, its price was also on par with the best of Nicanolta, which made it a tough sale beyond the small circle of admirers of French technology. When Angenieux decided to refocus on professional markets and stopped the production of its consumer oriented lenses, Tokina inherited the design, and their AT-X 287 Series – which was sold as recently as 2007, is a remote descendant of the Angenieux 28-70 AF.


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