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