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Tokina 100 mm F 2.8 AT-X PRO D: Experience?

 
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Aug 29, 2006 01:46 |  #1

If you want to buy a (true 1:1) macro lens in the 100mm class, there are only a handful of candidates. I know the Canon 100 is a very good lens, other people like the Sigma 105, still others especially like the Tamron 90.

But everyone seems to neglect the Tokina, which is according to this review, a very good lens, in the same price category as the Sigma and the Tamron. The Canon is much more expensive.

http://www.radugrozesc​u.com …ina-100-macro-review.html (external link)

(edit) Found another review:

http://shutterbug.com …eviews/lenses/0​106tokina/ (external link)

And still another:
http://www.photozone.d​e …s/tokina_100_28​/index.htm (external link)

Anybody has experience with this lens?

Thanks,

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Aug 29, 2006 08:39 |  #2

It's a fantastic lens, I picked one up almost as soon as it was available and never regretted it. The IQ is excellent, the build quality is second to none, it includes the hood plus it has the pinch style cap which is a nice touch. Autofocus isn't fast but I always use manual for macro work anyway, and it does extend when focusing if that bothers you. If you're looking for something that will give you great images, the Tokina comes through in spades.

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Aug 29, 2006 09:09 |  #3

Tx for the reply and for sharing photos. I've sent a message to their "local" distributor to ask where I can buy Tokina stuff here in Europe.

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Aug 29, 2006 12:52 |  #4

Popular Photography reviewed it highly as well and I have one.
The build quality is very good with a nice distance scale window and a decent AF motor, it's pretty fast and quiet, not as good as USM, but then again what is?

The lens is very sharp with good colors. The only down side is a bit of CA wide open with high contrast type shots such as shooting a backlit leaves against a bright sky. It goes away when stopped down to f4. It is cheaper than the Tamron and feels substantially more robust than the Tamron. That was my main reason for picking it over the Tamron.
If the CA issue is a concern for you, I'd recommend the Tamron, if not and you like the lower price and much better build, the Toke is the way to go in my mind.


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Aug 30, 2006 00:31 |  #5

In retrospect, with macros, the CA maybe a non issue as I've only seen it when purposely shooting leaves against the sky to see how much CA I can find.

That's what I get for pixel peeping and measurbating I guess.


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Aug 30, 2006 06:27 |  #6

I sent 11 shops the question if they sell this lens, and if yes, what the costs would be.
All of the shops are located in the Netherlands (because I couldn't find a website with Belgian distributors, furthermore, Belgium is very expensive for gear).
I also looked up the lens in 2 of the shops myself.

About a day after my question, I got 4 replies.
The best price I get is € 340, delivery included. (cameranu.nl is the shop).
The highest prices is € 433 (27% above the cheapest).

I think I'm going to do it. In the weekend maybe.

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Aug 30, 2006 13:12 |  #7

cool, enjoy the lens, I don't use it alot, but it feels very robust and solid. Fun lens to use.


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Sep 04, 2006 06:38 |  #8

I bit the bullet and bought it.

It was not in stock, but should arrive in 5-10 days. I'll definitely share some pictures with you all!

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