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

reviewer#44100 date: Jul-11-2018
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
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:Min. 100-400mm APO
price paid:$230 USD
positive:Tokina got it right on this lens. If I gave zoom lenses a 5 rating this would get it. (I reserve 5 for exceptional primes.)
It is sharp through the entire range, even to 300mm.
It's small and light enough to hand hold but heavy enough to be stable when held.
I have a Sigma 1.4x APO EX DG tele converter that fits perfectly giving me 140-420mm with little to no image degradation.
negative:None really. This lens preforms wonderfully for what it is intended. Great for birding!
comment:The Tokina exceeds the Minolta APO 100-400mm in almost every category, especially resolution & contrast. The Min. is easier to handle being significantly lighter. At this point the Minolta is redundant.
The Tokina is one of those lenses that I will never sell.

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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