Tok­ina AT-X AF 100mm f/2.8 Pro D £330, $380

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It’s a ca­pa­ble lens with a rather retro de­sign

The Tok­ina lacks the frills found on some com­pet­ing lenses. It has no op­ti­cal sta­biliser and there’s no built-in aut­o­fo­cus mo­tor. In­stead, it re­lies on the host cam­era’s mo­tor, so aut­o­fo­cus is un­avail­able with bod­ies like the D3300 and D5500.

The push-pull fo­cus ring en­ables easy switch­ing be­tween aut­o­fo­cus (where avail­able) and man­ual fo­cus­ing. The lat­ter ben­e­fits from long travel in the fo­cus ring’s ro­ta­tion which, along with ex­cel­lent smooth­ness, eases the pre­cise ad­just­ments that are re­quired in macro pho­tog­ra­phy. It’s not an in­ter­nally fo­cus­ing lens, but even with the in­ner bar­rel fully ex­tended there’s still 13.5cm be­tween the front of the lens and the sub­ject.

Per­for­mance

Im­age qual­ity is ex­cel­lent, with su­perb sharp­ness through­out almost the whole aper­ture range. How­ever, the drop in sharp­ness at f/22 is dis­ap­point­ing for macro shoot­ing. A bonus is that the deeply re­cessed front el­e­ment makes the lens re­sis­tant to ghost­ing and flare, even with­out fit­ting the sup­plied hood.

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