Tokina 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens

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I think we can all agree that it’s less about the camera and more about the lens. I’ve been obsessing over this lens for a while now, and it’s at the top of my wish list. I have read reviews, watched review videos, and heard nothing but amazing things about the Tokina 100 mm f/2.8. This will undoubtedly be the next lens I purchase.

The Angry Photographer rants and raves about this lens in his obscene language but at the end of the
day, I’m sold. Made in Japan, it is a 9 element lens with 9-bladed apertures. This lens can be purchased with a Canon mount or Nikon mount.

This Tokina lens used to fly somewhat under the radar, but since the attention bloggers and vloggers have given it over the past couple of years, it has really become something of a marvel. Even with the slight increase in price due to the increase in attention, the lens is still very affordable in comparison to other, much less awesome, $1000 and up lenses. This lens can be bought new for US $400 or CA $500 (roughly). It is smooth, fast, and brilliantly designed.

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Great for FX and DX cameras alike, this lens is known to be perfect for macro photography and perfect for portraiture. It has a true 1:1 reproduction ratio. If you are looking for your next lens, this is probably it. The Tokina has a big manual focus ring and autofocus clutch to switch between autofocus and manual. Please note that this lens is not going to autofocus on 3000 or 5000 series Nikons but it will autofocus on 7000 series and up. It doesn’t matter anyway, because you’re not going to be autofocusing while shooting macro photography, and it’s still a perfect lens for those cameras.

Have you ever used this lens? I would love to hear your thoughts about it. What are your favorite camera lenses?

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6 thoughts on “The Best Camera Lens For Your Money

  • February 28, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    I am a photographer too, and I have been on the search for a portrait and macro lens that is reasonably priced and a good quality, and I think you just showed me the one that I am looking for.

    I was looking at the Nikon glass but it is pretty pricey for an equivalent to this. I will be putting this on my wish list… I just upgraded to the Nikon D810 and so now I am looking for a few other pieces of glass that I can shoot both on my DX body d300s as well as on my new full frame. I think this one will suit the bill.

    Thanks for this review it has been very helpful.

    • February 28, 2017 at 9:28 pm

      Hi Monika,
      I’m so glad you found this post helpful. I hope you end up with this lens, as it’s perfect for DX or full frame. Congrats on your new camera! I always love researching lenses, and I find it interesting that you can find such amazing pieces that cost so much less than the Nikon equivalents.

  • February 28, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    Hello Briana, I am reading your post and thinking this is for serious, (or semi) photographers.
    I know a few people who take photos for weddings and other such special occasions, this is no doubt the kind of equipment used. A family member takes images of nature scenes with this kind of lenses.

    I use simple basic cameras with built in lenses. I focus and click 🙂
    I read lens and pictured something else. I was thinking of a camera more for skype usage.
    Thanks Briana.

    • February 28, 2017 at 9:22 pm

      Hi EJ,
      Yes, this lens is for semi-pro or pro photographers with fancy DSLR cameras. Thanks for letting me know that the title may have been misleading. I will change it and add “DSLR” into the title. I hope you will share this post with your photographer family members! Thanks a lot.

  • February 28, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    :0 I have been wanting this (as a present) for the longest time. It looks great! Please let me know what you think of this after your next lens purchase and I will definitely be passing this post on to my partner as a little *hint hint* I have heard great things about this is as well and certainly want to gibe it a try. Thanks for the post!

    • February 28, 2017 at 9:18 pm

      Hi Manika,
      That’s great to hear! I’m glad I’m not the only one who has been wanting this lens for ages. I’ve heard such great things about it. I’ll let you know when I finally get my hands on it and how I like it. If you get it first, please let me know, too! Thanks for sharing this post!


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