Peer Pressure (The Good Kind)

An iris shines in late afternoon light, shot with the excellent Tokina 100mm f/2.8 macro lens.
An iris shines in late afternoon light, shot with the excellent Tokina 100mm f/2.8 macro lens.
The Tokina 100mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro macro lens.
The Tokina 100mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro macro lens.

After months of watching Wil Fry with envy as he shot amazing images with his Sigma 50mm f/2.8 Macro lens, and then in March watching with envy as Michael got ahold of a 105mm f/2.8 Sigma Macro and made some amazing images, I decided I wanted to have a “true” macro lens, not just a zoom or two that would focus close.

For many years I carried the famous Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8, and while it was an excellent lens, it wasn’t quite what I wanted in a macro lens.

My box arrived from B&H today, and inside was the Tokina 100mm f/2.8 D AT-X Pro lens. I took it out into the pasture and shot with it in the evening light, and the images it has produced so far are excellent. The build quality and handling are much to my liking as well. I think it’s the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

A Spotted Cucumber Beetle on a Mimosa clings to a Mimosa leaf; this bug is about the size of a match head.
A Spotted Cucumber Beetle on a Mimosa clings to a Mimosa leaf; this bug is about the size of a match head.
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  1. Excellent result. I’ve heard great things about the Tokina 100mm, especially when paired up with the Nikon bodies.

    Formerly, I used Kenko extension tubes to help my regular lenses get macro shots, but it wasn’t the same as a dedicated macro lens. Glad you’ve joined the club. 🙂

    And now *I’m* the one with envy, since the 50mm lens I’m using requires the glass to be *right* on the subject for a 1:1 macro shot…

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