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

reviewer#9036 date: May-17-2011
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:400/5.6 Sigma
500/8 Minolta AF Mirror
100-300/4 Sigma
300/4 Minolta G
price paid:
positive:Rotating tripod collar
Exceptional built quality
Well Balanced
Absurdly good flare control, the stock metal hood is almost unncessary
Retains sharpness with a850 when using matched teleconverter
negative:Tokina makes a terrible lens cap
Zoom is the opposite rotation of Minolta lenses
comment:I have the gold ring version of this lens and I possibly just have a perfect copy because I can't fault the lens for what it gives me. The Tokina metal lens hood is quite long for a lens with such great flare control, I ended up buying a rubber collapsible screw in lens hood and have been very happy with it. The tripod collar rotates in 90 degree increments making it very easy to swap to portrait orientation on a tripod or monopod, and helps with handholding as I can rest it on the palm of my hand and use my thumb and fingers to adjust the zoom level. I have used the lens for outdoor portraits, sports, surfers, and it hasn't let me down. I would highly recommend this lens, but you will have to buy it from someone else as I'm not selling.

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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