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Tokina 35mm f/2.8 AT-X M35 PRO DX

Review Date: Jun 8, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Sharpness, Colour, Angle of view on DX sensor, nice bokeh, flare performance good, focus limiter can be useful.
At 1:1 your subject is almost touching the front element! AF/MF clutch easy to knock from AF to MF and not notice, resulting in out of focus pics. Lens body plastic.

I got my copy from Japan, ahead of import into the UK, couldn't wait for the UK importer! Great lens apart from a couple of quibbles. The sharpness, colour saturation and bokeh are really good, it's a great walk around lens and the close focus distance is obviously really useful for general use. I wouldn't recommend it solely as a macro lens as the focal length is too short, when you're shooting at minimum distance, the lens can cast a shadow over your intended subject - it will be almost touching the front element! I'd rate it over the 35mm f/2 AFD nikkor, which I previously owned. At f/2.8 the Tokina has more contrast and the pics have more "bite" to them. Obviously the nikkor is better at f/2 Wink. Chromatic aberration is very minimal even in high contrast situations.

The downside is the focus clutch - it's easy to knock the lens and switch it to manual focus without noticing, and, if you're in a hurry or shooting candids, get a few pics out of focus until you notice and switch back to AF.