The Tokina AT-X 35mm f/2.8 PRO DX Macro Lens gives the same angle of view as a 52mm lens when used on digital SLR cameras. The close focusing distance of the M35 is an amazingly close 5.5 in. (14cm) yielding a macro ratio of 1:1 or life-sized reproduction with excellent sharpness. Its compact size makes it easy to carry almost everywhere and the wide f/2.8 aperture allows for easier viewing in low light situations.
The front element of the AT-X M35 PRO DX has a newly formulated WP or "Water Proof" optical coating on the glass. This coating makes marks such as spots left by water or finger-prints much easier to clean than standard multi-coating. Tokina's exclusive One-touch Focus Clutch Mechanism allows the photographer to switch between AF and MF simply by snapping the focus ring forward for AF and back toward the camera to focus manually. There is no need to change the AF-MF switch on Nikon cameras.
The lens is designed for Digital cameras with APS-C sized CMOS and CCD sensors, not designed for cameras with Full Frame sensors.
I got mine new from Adorama on a closeout deal for less than I could find it used. I believe it was the last one in stock (Adorama's web site changed to no longer available a few minutes after I ordered). If you're looking for a standard focal length prime with macro capability I recommend finding a used one. I chose this to use with my D7000 over the Nikkor 35mm DX based on reviews I'd read. My experience with it has been very consistent with major online lens reviewer comments. My observations: - There's no need to stop down for sharpness. f/2.8 is really good. This is a true f/2.8 lens. - CA is there in strong contra light, especially when stopped down. In worst cases I can't correct it all in post processing. But in most situations it's not an issue. - Flare shows up only when shooting directly into the sun. - The AF/MF clutch feature is useful, but harder to engage than other Tokina AT-X lenses. It takes more force to move the ring back and forth. - Once selected, manual focus is very nice with a smooth feel and a wide focus ring. - AF is fast enough for general use with the limit/full switch set to limit, but it's not lightning quick. I'd probably choose another lens for sports. - Bokeh is smooth in most cases. Only rarely have I gotten annoying out of focus highlights. - Sharpness at macro distances is very good, although working distance is short. - Build quality is very solid. Feels like pro level equipment.
When began shooting 35 years ago, all I had a 50mm lens on a film camera. I use this on a crop sensor camera yielding the area of coverage the equivalent of about a 50mm lens on a full size sensor. This is an easy to carry lens for walk around use. Primarily I use this for flower shots while on nature walks. I've also taken it to indoor parties to shoot with or without flash. I find it to be well made and sharp enough to satisfy my needs (I like sharp photos). Another feature I like is it has a built in metal shade hood that screws onto the front of the lens. I leave it on all the time. It has a focus limit switch for normal photos, and a full range for macro. The focus is quick enough for me even when it goes through the macro range. I did change out the Tokina front lens cover for an equivalent size Nikon, because I find the Nikon lens cover to be easier for me to remove without looking. The focus ring operates on by push pull method to select auto/manual function. It's more like a shove and clunk, and the pressure required to change the function from one to the other usually results in enough pressure to move the camera on the ball. I suppose I could lock down the ball better, but I like to keep it loose enough to adjust the camera a little. I'm used to the Nikon switch, as it doesn't push the camera around when switched. Not recommended for bugs, as the lens is so close to the focus plane in macro. Unfortunately, I believe this lens is now discontinued from Tokina. I'm glad I bought this lens and I like it enough to put up with the few things I don't like about it.
I use this as my walk a round lens. All my pics are tack sharp. I use this lens on my Canon T1i as it makes a great normal lens at 56mm. Works well in low light situations at higher iso settings. Macro is usefull for close objects. Not really enough natural light gets to subject at 1:1 without added source because of very short distance between subject and lens. I really enjoy using this lens. It reminds me of beginning photography with only my camera and prime lens.
I've used this lens in a wedding to photograph the rings, it was awesome! I also used it to photograph shoes and dress details. I've photographed food too and loved the results. It's a greate lens, but in my camera (D90) there is no autofocus, so I guess it lost 50% of its function. I didn't regret only because it has being a good support for many types of photography, and it was very cheap too. I could use it for portraits, but without autofocus it's useless for that.
I just put this on a Nikon D700 and it works on the FX format. Generally nice macro.
lens works fine,the manual to auto focus is a very good feature. in macro if your subject has any depth to it your auto focus may not focus on what you want included in the shot.i found that even in close macro there is no problem with using flash either on camera or bounce. i like the flashpoint ring lite with it,lets you see whats going on with shadows before you shot.also works as a vid lite.
Just got this in the mail, I got the package for the filter. I removed the metal hood to install the filter. It doesn't have a built-in motor so I have to focus manually on my D40, but that's fine by me. Loving the macro right now. Expect to update this once I've used it more.
Why so little review on this product??? I used many lenses before, i mean everything. Leica, Zeiss, L, ...this lens is on top with all the top. The crispiness, detailed sharp, even on all aperature, contrasy even on F2.8. I use this lens mainly for fashion photography and it simply blows me away. The only the i dont like is probably the looks, but is personal preference and is not really got for Macro bugs..since the focal length is a 50mm on a crop.
Good macro lens, quality of photos is very good, very close working distance makes it hard to light some subjects. Very good constrast to allow for seperation of tones in photography of scientific specimens
An excellent all round lens with DX cameras. Very good quality and inexpensive.