Per­for­mance

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A sim­ple on/off fo­cus lim­iter switch can lock the fo­cus range ei­ther side of about 40cm. It’s a use­ful ad­di­tion as aut­o­fo­cus speed is pretty pedes­trian. On the plus side, the very low gear­ing and smooth­ness of the fo­cus ring en­able ex­tremely pre­cise and ac­cu­rate man­ual ad­just­ments, ideal for macro shoot­ing. It’s streets ahead of the Tam­ron 60mm lens in this re­spect. It also re­tains sharp­ness at its widest avail­able aper­ture bet­ter than ei­ther of the other Tam­ron lenses on test. Un­til half a dozen years ago, this Tok­ina lens looked and felt al­most iden­ti­cal to the older (non-VC) Tam­ron 90mm. Whereas the Tam­ron has been tweaked, adding an in­ter­nal aut­o­fo­cus mo­tor and ditch­ing the man­ual aper­ture ring, the Tok­ina has changed far less. As such, there’s no pos­si­bil­ity of aut­o­fo­cus on bod­ies like the D3300 and D5300, which lack a built-in drive mo­tor, and you need to en­sure that the aper­ture ring is set to its nar­row­est f/32 po­si­tion. At least there’s an aper­ture lock­ing switch to avoid any ac­ci­den­tal nudg­ing.

There are still some no­table sim­i­lar­i­ties, in­clud­ing the way

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