Tokina 100-300mm F4 AT-X 340 AF-II A-mount lens review by Team K

reviewer#26581 date: May-9-2016
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:minolta 70-210 f4 and minolta 75-300
price paid:300usd
positive:Great build quality. This lens is very sharp wide open even without the best light (outside).
negative:zoom ring travels in the opposite direction
comment:I gave this lens a 5 for sharpness because I'm rounding up. It's a 4.8 all day. I would rather bring the overall rating up than down, this is a fine lens. This is a great lens for the money if you can find one. I got lucky and found one in Tokyo without any caps or lens hood which cost me more money but still worth it. I use this lens for sports and head shots. I don't hesitate to open it up to f4 as long as you can keep the SS you need. I use this more on a tripod than free hand but on a summer day at the baseball fields where there is plenty of light, no problem hand holding. When shooting into the sun I didn't notice flare but rather haze which cleaned up nicely in Ps. As others have stated, if you find it, buy it!

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 25
  • sharpness: 4.82
  • color: 4.80
  • build: 5.00
  • distortion: 4.96
  • flare control: 4.64
  • overall: 4.84 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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