Tokina atx-i 100mm F2.8 FF Macro review

At last, a new lens for Canon and Nikon DSLRs! However, the Tokina atx-i 100mm F2.8 FF Macro isn't entirely 'new'...

Tokina atx-i 100mm F2.8 FF Macro
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Digital Camera World Verdict

Launched in 2019, the atx-i edition of Tokina’s 100mm macro lens replaces the veteran AT-X PRO version from 2006. It has a more modern appearance but, underneath, it’s essentially the same lens that delivers very good image quality and full 1.0x macro magnification, but with a limited autofocus system in its Nikon F-mount edition, relying on the in-camera autofocus motors of up-market DSLRs. In some ways, it’s a very good lens. In others, it’s a missed opportunity.


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    Impressive image quality

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    High-precision manual focusing for macro shooting

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    Tokina’s typical One-touch Clutch focus ring


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    Inner barrel extends at shorter focus settings

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    Nikon version lacks an autofocus motor

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    No weather-seals

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Tokina’s ‘atx-i’ range majors on wide-angle lenses. There are 11-16mm and 11-20mm f/2.8 zooms for Canon and Nikon APS-C format DSLRs, and a 17-35mm f/4 lens for the same makes of full-frame cameras. Bucking the trend, the 100mm f/2.8 is a classic macro prime, delivering a full 1.0x or 1:1 magnification ratio at its shortest focus distance of 30cm. It’s a much favored focal length for macro photography, enabling you to shoot anything from tiny bugs to small objects of desire, from a comfortable and natural working distance.

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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