Tokina 300mm F2.8 AT-X 300 AF PRO A-mount lens review by TheRuttmeister

reviewer#7443 date: May-19-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
price paid:
positive:Very rugged, came with a 112mm front filter as standard, SHARP from f2.8, Very fast to focus. Wierd MF/AF ring. HUGE hood. Surprisingly light for a 300/2.8
Great tripod mount, smooth with detends at 90 degree intervals.
negative:Wierd MF/AF ring.
Can produce some CA's although it doesn't happen very often.
Hood when reversed covers tripod mount. Non-removeable tripod mount.
comment:A rare beast these days, but light, very fast to focus and very sharp.
If you can live with the inherant downsides of a 300/2.8 (its huge and heavy!) then this is a great option.
I'd criticise the MFD, but unless you were planning on chasing insects its not an issue... at the MFD with APS-C a squirel fills the frame... so theres not much point in getting closer!
The MF/AF ring as actually a clutch, that pushes forward so it doesnt move when AF'ing. When pulled back it moves when AF'ing and can be used for MF. AF is accurate enough that I just leave it in the forward position though, not found the need to MF.

If it wasn't for the fact that I want something much lighter this would be a permanent fixture in my lineup.

Only a 4 for distortion because of the CA's... only had one picture where this was noticable though. Seagull against a dark background in very bright sunlight... he glowed! Fixable in PP, but something to be aware of.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 6
  • sharpness: 4.92
  • color: 4.67
  • build: 5.00
  • distortion: 4.83
  • flare control: 4.67
  • overall: 4.82 - Home of the alpha system photographer
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania