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

reviewer#5958 date: Sep-2-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 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: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!

rating summary

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  • 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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