Review Tokina AT-X SD 100-300mm 1: 4

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Review Tokina AT-X SD 100-300mm 1: 4

Review of Tokina AT-X SD 100-300mm 1: 4

Tokina AT-X SD 100-300mm 1:4 – manual zoom, produced from 1985 to 1995 for different camera systems. This review presents a model for Nikon cameras, which is Ai-s compatible. Subsequently replaced by Tokina AT-X AF 100-300mm 1: 4 Internal Focus.

Tokina AT-X SD 100-300mm 1: 4

Tokina AT-X SD 100-300mm 1: 4

Tokina AT-X weighs SD 100-300mm 1:4 is almost 1300 grams and has a very reliable design. On the body there is a non-removable tripod foot, which can rotate freely around the lens and is fixed using a special clamp. There are three marks on the body by which you can quickly install the tripod foot for shooting in strictly vertical or horizontal mode. Also included with the lens is a metal hood that screws into the thread of the front filter, and it can also be installed on the reverse side for transportation (a rarity for such metal hoods).

Tokina AT-X SD 100-300mm 1: 4

Tokina AT-X SD 100-300mm 1: 4

Tokina AT-X SD 100-300mm 1:4 is made in the old 'Push-Pull' design. The lens has only one very wide and rubberized ring for focusing and changing the focal length. in order to change focal length, pull the front of the lens “towards you” or push “away from you”. At the same time, this is an 'invalid push-pull', i.e. when the ring is moved away from the camera, it has the smallest focal length, and vice versa. When you change the focal length, the lens length does not change.

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Unfortunately, the lens constantly spontaneously changes the focal length under its own weight (the ring slides up and down). In addition, when changing the focal length and when focusing, the rear lens remains stationary.

Tokina AT-X SD 100-300mm 1: 4

Tokina AT-X SD 100-300mm 1: 4

The focus ring rotates 180 degrees, while the front lens also rotates, and the trunk of the lens is noticeably lengthened. The lens uses 77 mm large diameter filters and a 7-blade aperture. Aperture closes to F / 32, and a maximum 1: 4 relative aperture is available over the entire range of focal lengths.

On the body there is a scale for focusing distance in meters and feet. The minimum focusing distance is 2 meters. There is a depth of field scale for F / 11, 22, 32 and a red 'R' mark for correcting focusing in the IR spectrum. Focal lengths are indicated for 100, 135, 200 and 300 mm only.

Tokina AT-X SD 100-300mm 1: 4

Tokina AT-X SD 100-300mm 1: 4

A lens in which the aperture ring is spontaneously pulled by the camera's rheostat to f / 4 came into my review, it is extremely inconvenient to shoot at apertures other than f / 4, since you have to additionally hold the aperture ring in the desired position. In this case, the aperture ring moves smoothly, without setting fixed values. The camera “does not understand” intermediate values ​​and sometimes creates images with incorrect exposure due to the intermediate value of the F-number.

Tokina AT-X SD 100-300mm 1: 4 and Nikon ED AF Nikkor 80-200mm 1: 2.8D (MKII)

Tokina AT-X SD 100-300mm 1: 4 and Nikon ED AF Nikkor 80-200mm 1: 2.8D (MKII)

At F / 4, the lens is rather weak, especially after 135 mm, primarily due to spherical aberrations. If you cover the aperture to F / 5.6-8.0, then everything returns to normal. At 100 mm, you can safely shoot on F / 4.0. In my opinion, the lens has a good picture.

Link to the archive with the originals - 264 MB, 28 photos in .NEF format, (RAW) from the camera Nikon D700 (FX).

UPDATED

Sample photos with RAW source files for review prepared by the photographer Natalya Romanenko (500px). Convert RAW source files with Nikon D700 the original Nikon Capture NX-D v 1.4.6 utility.

Download jpeg source photos c Nikon D700 can at this link (25 files, 100 MB).

Tokina AT-X SD 100-300mm 1: 4

Tokina AT-X SD 100-300mm 1: 4

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The Tokina AT-X SD 100-300mm 1: 4 is a generally pleasant lens, I am attracted by the ability to shoot at 300 mm focal length at f / 4.0 aperture. It's a shame, of course, that a fully open aperture isn't particularly usable.

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  • Dmitriy

    It turns out that the lens hood and the filter cannot be installed at the same time? Sounds kinda crazy.)

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