Tokina 100-300mm F4 AT-X 340 AF-II A-mount lens review by Bob S.
|Bob S.#5958 date: Sep-2-2009|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Minolta 80-200/2.8 (black)|
Minolta 70-210/4 (Beercan)
|price paid:||650 USD (minty)|
|positive:||- Sharp, sharp, sharp!|
- Constant F4
- Build quality (like a tank!)
- Fast AF
- Nice tripod collar
|negative:||- Screw-in hood|
- Heavy (but that's expected)
- Hard to find
|comment:||I've only had this lens for a very short time, but I can't stop talking about how great it is! Several reviews here are for the "red ring" version of this lens, I own the "gold ring" version – don’t know if there's really a difference.|
I listed “Heavy” as a negative and this beast does weigh more than any other lens I own (over 3 pounds!) It’s built like a tank and tanks should be heavy, but it still weighs you down after carrying it around for a while! The screw-in lens hood is very sturdy and very deep, but when it’s in place you can’t remove or replace the lens cap.
This lens is very sharp – even wide open – and it produces wonderful colors and contrast (very similar to my Minolta 80-200/2.8). The zoom range is very nice – 100-300mm is a very useful range and the constant F4 is an added bonus. Although the lens is heavy, it feels well-balanced. The tripod collar is very good - I love that it "clicks" into place when you switch between landscape and portrait.
This lens has been discontinued for a few years and it’s becoming increasingly harder to find. If you happen to run across one – snatch it up quickly! You will not be disappointed!