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CHOOSING BETWEEN TOKINA OR TAMRON MACRO LENSE FOR D300

David Achille , Jan 30, 2009; 11:28 p.m.

Hi All,

I am wondering if it was worth changing from the Tamron 90mm F/2.8 Di Macro to the Tokina 100mm F/2.8 used on the D300.
On the durability side the Tokina may win as I already have a 12-24mm model but on the IQ side I am a bit undecided.
Your comment would be much appreciated.
Cheers
David
Beau Bassin, Mauritius

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Joel J , Jan 30, 2009; 11:33 p.m.

What is your budget?
If you can afford it, I believe the Sigma 150mm f/2.8 is better that either.

Bruce Margolis , Jan 31, 2009; 12:13 a.m.

David, I use the Tamron with the D300 and absolutely love it. It was a tough call when I was searching for a macro but the Nikkor 60mm was too short for me, the 105VR too long. I considered the Sigma 150mm macro (also very highly rated) and will definitely get it if I ever switch to FX but it was too long for me with the D300. YMMV of course.

Photozone gave the 90mm macro a Highly Recommended rating so I went with it and never looked back. I like the 90mm range with the D300 and it is also an outstanding head-and-shoulders portrait lens to me.

BTW, I also have the Tokina 12/24 and absolutely love it but would I switch to the Tokina 100mm? Not a chance.

Hansen Tsang , Jan 31, 2009; 03:02 a.m.

I have read a lot of praises for the Tamron 90 mm SP f2.8 macro. I bought a used copy for myself and I must say it is a very nice lens. I also have the Nikon 105 VR and Sigma 150 mm f2.8. The Tamron 90 mm compares very favorably with the Nikon 105 VR.

Walter Schroeder , Jan 31, 2009; 07:51 a.m.

Selling (and loosing money) a near perfect lens to get another one that might me a bit more durable? Interesting idea.

Then why not get the 105AF Micro Nikkor or a used 30 year old Kiron. These are even better built. I guess the Kiron may well be the only one still proper in 30 years from now^^. Stay away from the Nikkor 105VR - because of VR.

Of course if you chase insects near a pond and fall into the water all these lenses are drowned :-)

Paul B. , Jan 31, 2009; 09:00 a.m.

I vote for Tamron, but whatever lens you chose, try'it before ...The quality control is'nt nowadays , what it use to be.

Hiro Matsu , Jan 31, 2009; 09:20 a.m.

I've used both. For me it's a wash considering images. The exterior of the Tokina is rugged, but I can't see the Tamron's build being an issue.
I'd stick with the Tamron.

Dan Brown , Jan 31, 2009; 09:24 a.m.

The Sigma 70mm Macro is reported to have outstanding optics.

Doug Santo , Jan 31, 2009; 09:37 a.m.

I have the Tokina. I use it on a D200 and D700. It is well built, sharp across the full frame, relatively low CA's, low vignetting especially on the D200. It is sharp at f/2.8, but the sweet spot for the lens is f/5.6 to f/8. It takes great pictures. One drawback is the switch from auto to manual focus. The focusing ring has to be adjusted in a push-pull manner. You can't shift from auto to manual by just using the focusing ring. Overall, I like it. A good review of the lens is at.
http://www.photozone.de/nikon--nikkor-aps-c-lens-tests/269-tokina-af-100mm-f28-at-x-pro-d-macro-review--test-report

Rodeo Joe , Jan 31, 2009; 10:08 a.m.

My 90mm f/2.8 Tamron macro is, IMHO, unbeatable optically. Its resolution is practically diffraction limited, and you can't get better than that! It's perfectly usable wide open, and only needs stopping down to f/4 to become excellent across the whole full-frame format, and there aren't many lenses you could say that about.

I have every respect for Tokina lenses, especially their build quality, but I doubt that you'll better the Tamron optically. Why not wait until you actually need to replace the lens (for example if it becomes worn out) before you think about swapping?


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