Tokina 100-300mm F4 AT-X 340 AF-II A-mount lens review by al_1571

reviewer#4597 date: Dec-30-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Beercan
Sigma 75-300 DG APO
price paid:569.00 USD
positive:Constant F4
Solid build
Good balance, weight is even across the body
Fairly fast focus
Screw on OEM hood is wide and deep
negative:No focus limiter. Lens will hunt in low contrast/light conditions on occasion.
Screw on OEM hood can be awkward to use.
comment:I have the older "red ring" version. This is a nice lens, even if very rare. This lens takes very nice photos, even at F4. Stop it down to 6.3 or 7.1 and see it really sharpen up. It focuses fairly quick and the constant F4 is a big plus for me. I'd like to run the red ring up against the gold ring ver. to see how they compare. If you can find a red ring it might be worth your while to buy one.

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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