11 Affordable Advantages of the Tokina AT-X M100 PRO 100mm f.28 Lens for Macro and Other Photographers
Whether you’re new to macro photography or a longtime enthusiast, the Tokina AT-X M100 PRO D AF 100mm f/2.8 lens is an excellent choice because of its very affordable price, excellent build quality and very sharp optical performance.
Read real customer reviews of the Tokina AT-X M100 PRO D AF 100mm f/2.8 lens here.
This lens delivers a 1:1 macro magnification ratio and a minimum focus distance of 11.8” (0.3m). Any photographer can explore the world of macros as well as achieve better portrait images when utilizing the lens’ focus delimiter. It helps stop the auto-focus system from unnecessary searches for focus.
With Tokina’s “PRO” designation, the 100mm f/2.8 receives the company’s highest level of manufacturing integrity, so the lens is built for rugged use and a long life. It rates above the average of most consumer-grade lenses, since it is a combination of metal and durable plastic parts.
The dimensions of this Tokina lens are 2.9 x 3.74” (73 x 95.1mm) and it weighs 19.0 oz. (540g).
The Tokina AT-X M100 PRO 100mm f/2.8 lens is available in separate models, either a Canon or Nikon mount, and is compatible with FX and DX camera bodies. The focal length equivalent on a DSLR with an APS-C sensor is 150mm.
With 9 glass elements in 8 groups and specially engineered multi-coatings, this Tokina lens complements the latest CCD and CMOS sensors. The lens also features a 9-bladed diaphragm, which contributes to very acceptable bokeh (pleasing background blur).
Both the Canon and Nikon versions of the Tokina 100mm f/2.8 include auto-focus functionality. Plus, the front element does not turn when auto-focus is engaged, so 55mm polarizing filters are usable.
In the 100mm f/2.8 macro, Tokina has improved what it calls a “one-touch focus clutch mechanism.” To choose either auto-focus or manual focus, you simply move the focus ring back and forth.
Third-party tests reveal that the Tokina 100mm does an excellent job in both center and corner sharpness at all f-stops, with f/5.6 being the sharpest aperture.
Shooting tests found essentially no distortion; and vignetting was not visible on test photos shot with a cropped-sensor DSLR. Chromatic aberration also rates “low.” Whatever aberrations appear can be easily eliminated during post-production, which is not an unusual procedure for lenses of this type.
At just $489.00 from B&H Photo Video for either the Canon- or Nikon-mount versions, the Tokina AT-X M100 PRO D AF 100mm f/2.8 rates very high as a very good to excellent macro lens for hobbyists and professionals. To order from B&H, visit http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/393445-REG/Tokina_ATXAF100PROC_100mm_f_2_8_AT_X_M100.html.
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