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  1. #1
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    How is this macro lens??

    Seen this TOKINA ATX AF 100MM F2.8 MACRO LENS on ebay is it a good lens or should I hold out for the Minolta lens.
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    Tamron 60mm Macro
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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkie1263 View Post
    Seen this TOKINA ATX AF 100MM F2.8 MACRO LENS on ebay is it a good lens or should I hold out for the Minolta lens.
    The Minolta is rated top-drawer 4.93/5.00 (31 reviews) ... finding one ... interesting at best.

    I know nothing about the Tokina, but check this data base for some lens feedback ... it seems it might not be too bad 4.23/5.00 (3 reviews).

    Tokina AT-X AF 100mm F/2.8 Macro
    Last edited by DonSchap; 05-05-2008 at 05:44 PM.
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    Thanks I just miss a Minolta for about 300
    Sony A77
    Sony A580
    Sony A 100
    Maxxum 400si.
    Sony 18-70 Kit Lens
    Minolta AF 35-70
    Minolta AF 50 f/1.7
    Tamron 70-300 f/4-5.6 Di LD
    Tamron 60mm Macro
    Tamron 17-50 f/2.8
    Tamron 2x Converter
    Sony HVL-F42AM
    Quantaray 70-300 4.5-5.6 Macro
    Slingshot 200 Bag



    http://www.flickr.com/photos/22083244@N06/

    http://s305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/sparkie1263/

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    what do you want to take photos of ?
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    Looking for a macro lens and portraits
    Sony A77
    Sony A580
    Sony A 100
    Maxxum 400si.
    Sony 18-70 Kit Lens
    Minolta AF 35-70
    Minolta AF 50 f/1.7
    Tamron 70-300 f/4-5.6 Di LD
    Tamron 60mm Macro
    Tamron 17-50 f/2.8
    Tamron 2x Converter
    Sony HVL-F42AM
    Quantaray 70-300 4.5-5.6 Macro
    Slingshot 200 Bag



    http://www.flickr.com/photos/22083244@N06/

    http://s305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/sparkie1263/

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    ie: what sort of macros ? stationary macro or bugs ?
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    Sorry Both
    Sony A77
    Sony A580
    Sony A 100
    Maxxum 400si.
    Sony 18-70 Kit Lens
    Minolta AF 35-70
    Minolta AF 50 f/1.7
    Tamron 70-300 f/4-5.6 Di LD
    Tamron 60mm Macro
    Tamron 17-50 f/2.8
    Tamron 2x Converter
    Sony HVL-F42AM
    Quantaray 70-300 4.5-5.6 Macro
    Slingshot 200 Bag



    http://www.flickr.com/photos/22083244@N06/

    http://s305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/sparkie1263/

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    TAMRON's SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di is a nice choice ... and you can get a rebate on it, also.
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    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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    tamron 90mm f2.8
    sigma 105mm f2.8

    these 2 are "legendary" macro lens'. tired and proven for ages. i've used both, (owned the tammie for a while too), and i favour the tamron cos its super light. both lens' are HELL sharp. the sigma has a bit better contrast and focusses a little more accurately.

    if you want to shoot bugs predominantly, the focal length may be a bit short. you need to be very careful not to spook em. i found the sigma 150mm f2.8 is far better for bug shots, but i dont think they come in a sony mount.

    i've not seen any macro shooters use the tokina so i cant comment but from my POV, if your dishing out your money, go for the tried and tested favourites. they didnt earn their legendary reputation for nothing.

    oh and btw: once you start shooting macro, a flash will be essential.
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    Well, I have both the TAMRON SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro & the SP AF 180mm f/3.5 Di LD Macro ... and I have to admit the 90mm is a bit cheaper to operate ... and that limit-switch is terribly handy ... to restrict focus when you are NOT in the MACRO mode ... or the mood, as your autofocus hunt goes from one extreme to the other.

    Filter wise, the 90mm has a 55mm-filter ... which makes using a smaller, generic collar flash available. The 180mm is quite a bit larger 72mm-filter ... and they will nick you for the matching collar flash like nobody's business.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 05-05-2008 at 09:11 PM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

    flickr & Sdi

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