Tokina 35mm f/2.8 AT-X PRO DX Macro

Last updated (04 June’12):
- Review by Lenstip

The Tokina 35mm f/2.8 AT-X PRO DX Macro features 35mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/2.8. The lens construction has 9 element in 8 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 43 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 5.5 in. (14cm) and has a filter size of 52mm. The Tokina 35mm f/2.8 AT-X PRO DX Macro lens weighs 340g and it measures 73.2mm in diameter and 60.4mm long.

Tokina 35mm f/2.8 AT-X PRO DX Macro
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Tokina 35mm f/2.8 AT-X PRO DX Macro Reviews

Lenstip reviews the Tokina 35mm f/2.8 AT-X PRO DX Macro and writes;
“It gives us excellent image quality sufficiently controlling most optical faults. It can be used as a neat standard lens, making up for lower speed with its ability to shoot macro. All we could expect is a slightly lower price..”
rating: N/A

Ephotozine reviews the Tokina 35mm f/2.8 AT-X PRO DX Macro and writes;
“Optically, this lens is a superb performer, yielding sharp, contrasty images, even when shooting with the aperture wide open. Its only weaknesses are the levels of chromatic fringing towards the edges of the frame, and its tendency to lose contrast when shooting into the light. Saying that, for the price, the performance is still superb.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

User Opinions

Tokina 35mm f/2.8 AT-X PRO DX Macro User Reviews

Be realistic! It performs fantastically
“This is a fantastic lens…. I am thoroughly impressed with the optical quality. It is still sharp in my opinion at f2.8. With the 35mm lens on my Canon T2i it is close to what my eye sees so it is easier to compose shots sometimes.” – By A. Ifill
Rating: ★★★★★

Sharp, quality lens
“It is a versatile lens. I’ve been very happy with the results when using it on landscapes, portraits of my kids, and macro shots of flowers in my yard. You do have to have the lens almost right up against the subject for macro, but the results are sharp.” – By John G. Strebler
Rating: ★★★★★

When image quality is a priority
“This is an excellent choice if you were looking to get a standard lens. It offers excellent image quality at a low price.. Of the choices available, what tokina offers is good edge to edge sharpness, with an excellent center sharpness, at the expense of a slower AF and higher minimal aperture.” – By 5hogun
Rating: ★★★★★

I think I’m in Love
“It offers sharp detail, excellent color saturation and, because the focal element is recessed in the body of the lens, it is not prone to flare. With a 1.6 crop factor, this lens is, in effect, about a 50mm lens—the sweet spot focal length. Finally, this lens has amazing macro capability.” – By John Morgan
Rating: ★★★★★

Terrific Lens
“Its constuction is great and has outstanding optical performance, rivalling that of Canon’s 100 f2.8 macro which I also own. Yes, the manual focus ring is quirky, but not hard to get used to. The images I have taken with this lens on my 60D are very sharp and pleasing to view.” – By MAW
Rating: ★★★★★

Sharp lens for macro photography/videography
“It is definitely a sharp lens and the shots ended up coming out great. you can literally touch the object(in this case it was a ring) with the lens, and it gets it in focus. This would be good for some smaller gigs, and to experiment with macro photography.” – By Brian Mclaughlin
Rating: ★★★★☆

What A Wonderful Surprise
“I use it on a Canon EOS Digital XTi and shot first photos indoors with only window light. The photos were excellent with great color rendition and clarity. I had read about slow focus so I concentrated on shooting close-ups and then across the room. The autofocus speed was in my opinion spot on.” – By King Leo
Rating: ★★★★★

Best “standard” prime for the money for your Canon APS-C DSLR
“Lens is extremely well constructed, and feels very solid in your hand, yet remains compact and light. Overall, we are both extremely pleased with this lens. My wife has pretty much appropriated it by now and shoots almost exclusively with it.” – By Roman
Rating: ★★★★★

Great normal lens for APS-C
“The Tokina convinces with decent built quality, nice focus ring (though with some “grinding” noise in manual operation), nice bokeh, and very sharp images across the frame. Results wide open are very impressive and I don’t find the need to stop it down often (other than controlling DOF). The macro capability is a nice plus for a walk-around lens.” – By rai777
Rating: ★★★★☆

Excellent lens for the price! | Rating: ★★★★★
“For the price, the quality of photos is excellent on my 40D. Like most macro primes, it is excellent wide-open (f/2.8).. If you’re use to Canon ring-motor auto-focus (and every other lens I own with AF have the Canon ring motors!), then the slower focus speed will take some getting use to. The range limiter helps, and the AF/MF switch is pretty easy to engage/disengage. MF using the live view works very well.” – by M. Morgan

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Features & Specifications

Tokina 35mm f/2.8 AT-X PRO DX Macro Specifications

When used on digital SLR cameras, the Tokina AT-X M35 PRO DX lens gives the same angle of view as a 52mm lens. The close focusing distance of the M35 is an amazingly close 5.5 in. (14cm), yielding a macro ratio of 1:1 or life-sized reproduction with excellent sharpness. Its compact size makes it easy to carry almost everywhere and the wide f/2.8 aperture allows for easier viewing in low light situations.

The front element of the AT-X M35 PRO DX has a newly formulated WR or “Water Repellent” optical coating on the glass. This new coating makes marks such as spots left by water or finger-prints much easier to clean than standard multi-coating.**
** Please note, the Tokina AT-X M35 PRO DX lens itself is not waterproof or water resistant.

Tokina’s exclusive One-touch Focus Clutch Mechanism allows the photographer to switch between AF and MF simply by snapping the focus ring forward for AF and back toward the camera to focus manually. There is no second AF/MF switch on the lens for Canon, everything is accomplished by the focus ring.

Tokina AT-X M35 PRO DX Specifications

* Mount compatibility: Canon APS-C
* Focal length: 35mm
* Maximum aperture: f/2.8
* Minimum aperture: f/22
* Optical construction: 9 element in 8 groups.
* Coatings: Multi-layer
* Angle of view: 43°
* Minimum focus distance: 5.5 in. (14cm)
* Macro Ratio: 1:1
* No. Aperture blades: 9
* Filter Size: 52mm
* Lens width: 73.2mm
* Lens length: 60.4mm
* Weight: 340g

Note: The lens is designed for digital cameras with APS-C sized CMOS and CCD sensors; it is not designed for cameras with Full Frame sensors.

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