Tokina 100-300mm F5.6-6.7 A-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 3   
reviewer#43027 date: Mar-6-2018
sharpness: 3.5
color: 3
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Alpha and Minolta lenses
price paid:100
positive:Flawed design, but it can take quite a beating!
negative:Lens creep is inevitable and definitely needs a rubber band to keep the lens in place.
Chromatic aberration is also excessive - be careful when shooting photos.
comment:It is a cheap lens, so don't expect it to be anything more.
reviewer#10590 date: Oct-14-2012
sharpness: 3
color: 3
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:cheap
build
negative:slow AF
optical quality
comment:
missing
reviewer#1007 date: Jul-10-2006
sharpness: 3
color: 3
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:KM 75-300 4.5-5.6, Minolta 70-210 f4.0, Tokina 70-210 f4.0-5.6
price paid:
missing
positive:Cheap, compact, reasonable build and finish
negative:Very slow, zoom creep due to push-pull, optical quality
comment:This is a compact push-pull autofocus zoom from Tokina; finish and build appear good. Not particularly common in Minolta AF mount, this lens is more commonly seen in Nikon mount and is described as a “starter” lens.

The other cheap zoom from Tokina that I have is very good optically, with some annoying shortcuts taken in the internal workings (slipping clutch) – Looking at it from the positive side, it is obvious here where the economies were made – it starts out slow and then gets slower…

At 100mm, then lens is good wide open (f5.6) and gets sharp at f8.0. By the time it gets to 200mm the optical quality starts to drop – while the centre is still good wide open (f6.2), the edges are soft – and stay soft until you get to f11. At 300mm I could not use the f6.7 max aperture (because it is not at a 1/3 stop point), so I actually tested the lens with a wide-open of f7.1 – this should have helped the lens, but it didn’t – even at the centre of the frame, the image was soft – the only plus side being that the edges weren’t much softer.

It is sometimes possible to forgive a lens for its failings, because it shows a pleasing trait elsewhere, but this one has too much going against it – it is usable at 100mm, and it is quite light, but I think I’d rather use a 50mm and crop.

It could be that I’ve got a duff example, but I think there are far better cheap telephoto zooms out there.

My full observed results for this lens were:

100mm: f5.6 centre=3.5(good)/edge=3.5(good), f8.0 4(sharp)/4, f11.0 4/4
200mm: f6.2 3.5/2.5(soft), f8.0 3.5/2.5, f11.0 4/3.5
300mm: f7.1 2.5/2.5, f8.0 2.5/2.5, f11.0 3.5/3.5
reviews found: 3   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 3
  • sharpness: 3.17
  • color: 3.00
  • build: 3.67
  • distortion: 4.00
  • flare control: 3.67
  • overall: 3.50

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