Product Comparison: Tokina AT-X 100mm f/2.8 PRO D vs Tamron AF 90mm f/2.8 Di SP AF/MF 1:1

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General Specifications
AT-X 100mm f/2.8 PRO D
AF 90mm f/2.8 Di SP AF/MF 1:1
About the Product
The AT-X 100 PRO D is a macro lens capable of life-sized (1:1) reproduction at 11.8 inches (30 cm). The lens multi-coating has been re-engineered to match the highly reflective silicon based CCD and CMOS sensors in today's digital SLR cameras.
The legendary 90mm F2.8 has been available in different improved versions for over 30 years, and therefore stands in a long macro tradition in the super performance series.
Key Specs
Mount Type
Nikon F-Bayonet
Nikon F-Bayonet
Maximum Aperture
2.8 /f
2.8 /f
Minimum Focal Length
100 millimeters
90 millimeters
Maximum Focal Length
100 millimeters
90 millimeters
Lens Type
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Tokina AT-X 100mm f/2.8 PRO D Fixed Macro Lens
  • Truly excellent lens. Build quality is great, handles well and images are very sharp as long as you don't use too high number aperture. Very pleased!
  • The 100mm focal length is great not only for macro, but also shooting people.
  • The only thing that lets this lens down a bit is that the f/2.8 aperture is not constant - it changes and the closer you focus the slower the aperture becomes, up to f/4.
  • Another big complaint that I have is that at a normal portrait distance, the aperture will be a 3.5 or smaller.
  • The 2.8 "fixed" aperture will not exactly work for every Nikon camera. I am using a D7000. I am unable to manually lock the aperture in the lowest 2.8 setting.
Tamron AF 90mm f/2.8 Di SP AF/MF 1:1 Fixed Macro Lens
  • Very useful focal length for macro and candid/portrait shooting.
  • At its widest aperture the sharpness of this lens within its tiny depth of field is top-notch.
  • As well as an excellent macro lens with 1:1 magnification, on a 1.5x crop sensor you get an extremely useful candid focal length of 90mm.
  • To sum up, this lens is excellent if you need a macro lens with a longer focal length and you haven't got £500-600 to spend on the best ones.
  • The focal length at 90mm works well in both full-frame and APS-C formats.
Size & Weight
2.91 in.
3.11 in.
2.91 in.
3.11 in.
3.74 in.
4.5 in.
17.28 oz.
21.2 oz.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Tokina AT-X 100mm f/2.8 PRO D Fixed Macro Lens
  • This is built like a tank and the mechanics are smooth. I had no issue figuring how to use it. I love the pop-out barrel for the reduced size and weight.
  • I had the chance to buy a relatively new Tokina 100mm f2.8 Macro and just loved it's size, weight and it produces images on par with the Nikkor.
  • It's a good, solid lens; out of the box it resembles a Nikkor lens cosmetically in its construction and in its heft. It's also well balanced as far as weight goes.
  • I can get excellent close up/macro shots and its light weight.
  • The lens literally doubles in size when focused right out. Also I have no idea why there's an AF in its name, its not on the box or in anything else I can find.
Tamron AF 90mm f/2.8 Di SP AF/MF 1:1 Fixed Macro Lens
  • Lens is very light and easy to carry around without bogging you down.
  • 90mm is a really good size to have in your collection of lenses for sure.
  • It is heavy but with its size you do expect that and I feel it’s essential for what you’re getting.
  • Great product. I have used with and without tripod. Sturdy build and lightweight.
  • This is a heavy lens so it won't work out easy to take with you on any trip.
Minimum Focus Distance
11.8 in.
11.8 in.
Field Of View
Zoom Type
Auto Focus, Manual Focus
Auto Focus, Manual Focus
Optical Stabilization
What customers say about "Imaging"
Tokina AT-X 100mm f/2.8 PRO D Fixed Macro Lens
  • It takes great photos of flowers and insects and also would be great for a fixed focus portrait lens or for landscapes.
  • It is a great lens to use, especially with the manual focus clutch arrangement.
  • The ergonomics is excellent with the focus clutch mechanism, although it forces you to either use or remove the hood.
  • Auto focus is also slow which in my opinion is its biggest flaw.
  • The focus clutch mechanism wouldn't snap into the manual position properly.
  • The only tough thing about this lens is there is no VR so you need steady hands or some type of stabilization.
Tamron AF 90mm f/2.8 Di SP AF/MF 1:1 Fixed Macro Lens
  • Focus limit switch, very handy for non macro work to speed up the AF a bit.
  • Very smooth manual focus (as expected for a macro). It's a "full frame lens" so no problems if you get a FF body later on or shoot some 35mm film.
  • I've heard a lot about the grinding noise of the auto focus, I've had no probs with that. It may be a little loud when focusing but, when you have the radio you'll struggle to hear it.
  • Focus is not fast (it's a macro) focus limiter helps a bit here, screw drive versions tend to be faster.
  • Perhaps a little slow on focus but that is a really minor niggle. But It is annoying when you need to focus quickly.
Brand Compatibility
Sensor Type Compatibility
FX Format / DX Format
Lens Groups and Elements
9 Elements in 8 Groups
14 Elements in 11 Groups
Number of Aperture Blades
Filter Diameter
55 millimeters
62 millimeters
Automatic Aperture, Tokina One Touch Focus Clutch, Aspherical Optics, F&R Aspherical, Super Low Dispersion, HLD, Multi-Coating
APS-C format: 17°37', Di Anti-Reflection, Magnification Ratio: 1:1
What customers say about "Features"
Tokina AT-X 100mm f/2.8 PRO D Fixed Macro Lens
  • It is a D-type lens - comes with an aperture ring, so you could use it with an old film camera, such as a FE, FM, or even a Nikkormat FT3.
  • To switch from manual to autofocus, they have integrated a clutch mechanism which allows you to switch very quickly.
  • This lens has an aperture ring, so it is compatible with 35mm cameras.
  • Aperture blades not rounded, so bokeh balls (especially lights / reflections) won't be as round as you think it would.
  • Make sure you check camera compatibility. This lens only works AF with most cameras,and the Manual focus is unclear. Definitely not worth the price.
Tamron AF 90mm f/2.8 Di SP AF/MF 1:1 Fixed Macro Lens
  • Superb optics even wide open, with a 9 blade aperture for smooth out of focus rendition. Stunningly sharp stopped down.
  • Good build (plastic but decent plastic) with a nice grip for focus and metal mount. This is just fine for the price.
  • The front element is well into the body of the lens which means you are not likely to use the hood much.
  • I love the macro features of this lens but primarily find myself using it for portraiture, especially pet portraits. It's fast enough to get great actions shots from a distance.
  • Due to the recessed lens elements you are closer to the subject for 1:1 macro than you might expect.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
2 year(s)
1 year(s)
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