Tokina 100mm f/2.8 ATX

Last updated (27 December’12):
– Review by WDC

The Tokina 100mm f/2.8 ATX features 100mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/2.8. The lens construction has 9 elements in 8 groups with Closest focusing distance at 11.8 in. (30cm) and has a filter size of 55mm. The Tokina 100mm f/2.8 ATX lens weighs 19.0 oz. (540g) and it measures 2.9 in. (73mm) in diameter and 3.74 in. (95.1mm) long. It sold for $489.00 at Amazon.

Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Tokina 100mm f/2.8 ATX Reviews

WDC reviews the Tokina 100mm f/2.8 ATX and writes;
“Automatic focusing, using a Canon 40D body, is quick and reliable but rather noisy; manual focusing, which requires about 240 degrees of rotation to traverse the full range, is silky smooth.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Popphoto reviews the Tokina 100mm f/2.8 ATX and writes;
“Covering the full 35mm frame, this pro-grade macro is optimlzed for DSLRs thanks to improved multi-coatings that suppress reflections off digital sensors. With its superb distortion and sharpness performance, three focusing ranges, and 1:1 maximum magnification, this lens is a superior short-tele professional macro lens.”
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Ephotozine reviews the Tokina 100mm f/2.8 ATX and writes;
“The Tokina 100mm is a solid performer which produces high resolution images right from the maximum aperture. The excellent build quality for the price is its major asset and would suit photographers who are likely to give this lens a fair amount of use and abuse in the field.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Nikonians reviews the Tokina 100mm f/2.8 ATX and writes;
“It seems a sweet lens for both portrait and macro photography. Internal focusing and floating element systems provide very high resolution and contrast, from infinity to its minimum focus distance (1/2 life size), as in the picture above…”
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Photozone reviews the Tokina 100mm f/2.8 ATX and writes;
“It offers a very high quality optical performance with a great resolution, a smooth and buttery bokeh (out-of-focus blur), non-existent distortions and very well controlled vignetting. Minor flaws are higher-than-average CAs and a quite slow AF speed. The build quality is exceptional..”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Shutterbug reviews the Tokina 100mm f/2.8 ATX and writes;
“The focusing system is worth considering in detail. At first glance, this 100mm Tokina macro resembles a manual focus lens, thanks to the 1.25” wide (rubberized/knurled) focus ring. When the ring is in the AF position, autofocus is provided. Although the internal barrel shifts in and out, the focus ring does not rotate so the effect of a polarizer is always maintained..”
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User Opinions

Tokina 100mm f/2.8 ATX User Reviews

Great lens for the price
“The build quality of this lens is rock solid. I also own a Tokina 11 ~16mm WA lens. So I wasn’t surprise as to the construction and lens IQ of this lens. The sharpness of this lens also makes it good for portraits. So if you are looking for a reasonably price alternative to the Nikon choice, try this lens. You won’t be disappointed.” – By jabariasim
Rating: ★★★★★

I use it everyday
“Amazing macros, super sharp, it has a manual aperture ring in case you wish to use it with non autofocus extension rings and nothing to envy to the nikon macros which are far more expensive in picture quality. Super happy and the reviews here helped me to choose this one. ” – By Bianca
Rating: ★★★★★

great lense! | Rating: ★★★★★
“I am happy with the purchase & know as soon as spring hits it will be used all the time! The lense is sturdy & well made & I think the performance will match!” – by Danny R. Roberts

Macro Heaven! | Rating: ★★★★★
“Razor sharp and 1st rate build quality. Tokina really hit a homerun with this one. Focus ring (you’ll always be using that in macro shots) action is smooth and nicely damped. Just for kicks, I tested the Tokina lens against my $650+ Nikkor 18-200mm VR (@100mm), in a “real world” picture and the Tokina proved why primes are best. As a macro lens or just a short telephoto, you can’t beat it!” – by E. Sarkissian

Great lens! I’m very pleased. | Rating: ★★★★★
“I’ve very happy with my purchase. The lens is great, and offers more bang for your buck than Sigma or Nikon. This is my first Non-Nikon lens purchase, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised.” – by Richard Blacker

Best Macro for the money | Rating: ★★★★★
“this lens is a gem! Awesome for macro and works great as a portrait lens as well. Do be warned though the barrle does extend when focusing so if this is a would be issue for you, you will want to look for an internal focusing lens. The lens is a 2.8 but that is at the min focusing distance, it is more like a variable aperture, the closer you focus the higher the f-stop. If your on a budget and dont have $800+ to buy a nikon 105 micro this lens is for you…” – by Eric Mitchell

Tokina ATX 100 MM is tack sharp. | Rating: ★★★★★
“I’ve been so pleased with the Tokina macro so far. Filming orchids yesterday and the images were exceptional – even in low light. I then turned the lens on my wife, they are not kidding macro lens are great for portrait photograhy. I highly recommend this lens. This is my third Tokina lens, I own the 80-400mm and the 12-24mm wide angle. Tokina keeps surprising me with the excellent sharpnest, ease of use and rugged body..” – by Mike Creason

Exception quality to cost ratio | Rating: ★★★★★
“..AF can only get you in the neighborhood for most close up work and you’ll need to manually refine your focal plane anyways. At this point you might as well invest more $$ in lighting and other gadgets to improve your output rather than follow a name brand. If you are in the market for a sharp macro lens, get the Tokina and you’ll see what I mean.” – by Paul R. Hartung

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Tokina 100mm f/2.8 ATX User Manual (PDF)

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Features & Specifications

Tokina 100mm f/2.8 ATX Specifications

The AT-X 100 PRO D is a new macro lens capable of life-sized (1:1) reproduction at 11.8 in. (30 cm). The lens’ multi-coating have been re-engineered to match the highly reflective silicon based CCD and CMOS sensors in today’s digital SLR cameras. This lens gives the best of both worlds because optics still give full coverage and excellent sharpness on 35mm film. A macro lens that can handle both the digital and film worlds with ease.

The AT-X 100 PRO D also has a very convenient focus limiter switch that can lock the focus out of the closes focus making it focus faster when used as a moderate telephoto lens that is excellent portraits as well.

Other features of the AT-X 100 PRO D are:

Tokina One Touch Focus Clutch Mechanism for fast easy switching between manual and Auto focus.

55mm non-rotating filter thread for use with macro ring flashes and special effects filters.

The AT-X 100 PRO D also comes with a deep bayonet mounted lens hood.

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