Tokina AT-X M100 AF Pro D 100mm f2.8 Nikon mount lens review: Excellent all-round performance

By Kevin Carter - Tuesday December 10 2013

Lens Review
Introduction | Tokina AT-X M100 AF Pro D 100mm f2.8 lens performance: Solid performer | Tokina AT-X M100 AF Pro D 100mm f2.8 versus competition | Conclusion

Tokina AT-X M-100 AF PRO 100mm f2.8 Vs Nikon AF-S Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED Vs Sigma 105mm f2.8 EX DG OS Macro mounted on Nikon D800: Superior sharpness when stopped down

As the most modern of three designs compared the Tokina performs very well, almost matching the Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f2.8G IF-ED, and just ahead of the highly regarded stabilized Sigma 105mm f2.8 EX DG OS HSM. The Nikon is sharper at full aperture and it has superior corner sharpness but the Tokina is sharper when stopped down which is more practical in a macro lens like this. Vignetting is much lower on the Tokina than the other two but distortion and CA are similar.

At full aperture, the Tokina is slightly less sharp than the Nikkor lens and it can’t match that model’s uniformity, but it is slightly sharper than the Sigma.

Stopped down to a more practical f11, the Tokina has excellent sharpness from corner to corner, much the same as the Sigma, which are both slightly sharper than the Nikkor.