This Lens Really is Sharp. It's a Great Telephoto as well as a Wonderful Macro Lens
The AT-X 100 PRO D is a new
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
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
. A macro lens that can handle both the digital and film worlds with ease.
The AT-X 100 PRO D
prime lens 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.
are capable of achieving considerably closer focusing compared to many similar lenses, or if the lens featured either a macro button or some other form of specific mechanism in order to get into macro mode. If the lens merely featured continuous focusing to a very short focus distance, then it appears that
the lens a "Macro" designation only if the lens could achieve a macro
reproduction ratio of 1:6 or better.
Tokina One Touch Focus Clutch Mechanism for fast easy switching between manual and Auto focus. A refinement of the focus clutch mechanism has been incorporated in
the AF PRO Nikon and Canon mounts, so that now the lens
focus ring can be snapped back to the manual focus position at any
time, from any position. This improvement means it is not necessary
to change the AF/MF switch (on the body with Nikon or the lens with
Canon) every time the lens is changed from auto focus to manual
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
Multi layer coating is applied on the lens optics with exclusive re-engineering techniques in order to deliver excellent output with digital cameras.
Included Accessories: Dedicated Lens Hood
Great Glass, September 23, 2008
By Thinliner "Russ Peterson" (Garland,Ut)
Just purchased this lens and was very impressed with it. Shot a few macros and the quality is great. I looked very hard at the Canon 100 F2.8 Macro but didn't like the price.It wasn't a hole lot more than this lens but I'm in it to save money and still get some good quality. These days it seems like you have to pay an arm and a leg to get anything good. So I'm really glad I found this glass. I love to shoot macro and this lens can give me great images. It has great clarity and color. It's very impressive to me. I've spent almost $5000.00 on Canon glass in the last two years and I'm just photo hobbiest. I know you are saying why spend that much for a hobby but this may someday be a full time hobby for me. Get this lens, you won't be sorry for what you get. I will post some images soon I took with this glass.
A superb macro lens, March 2, 2009
By Craig Dickson "crdic" (San Mateo, CA USA)
I have used Tokina lenses for several years and they have always been more than satisfactory. Tokinas are built like tanks, with solid metal alloy bodies that make Canon's top of the line L-series lenses look cheap in comparison. This makes them rather heavy, but I don't find them uncomfortable.
This 100mm f/2.8 macro lens is a great value. The differences between it and Canon's more expensive 100mm macro (also f/2.8) are minor at best; most significantly, the Tokina extends when focusing, whereas the Canon does not. At the short distances often involved in macrophotography (focusing on objects only a few inches away), extending the lens can be a minor annoyance, requiring you to pull the camera back a bit to keep the framing consistent, but you get used to it. (Competing lenses from Sigma and Tamron also extend while focusing.)
I have the Tokina mounted on a Rebel XSi at the moment and it's doing a great job. Auto-focus is accurate and reasonably quick, especially with the AF limit enabled. The images I'm getting are razor-sharp, with good color and contrast, whether the subject is a bug a few inches away or distant buildings.
All in all, I'm quite happy with this lens. It's a solid, reliable product from a company with a long track record of producing high-quality lenses, and in value-for-money terms it's the best deal in its class.