TheTokina AT-X MACRO 90 mm f/ 2.5 is a legendary macro lens made by a Japanese Tokina manufacturer with macro scale of 1:2. With an additional Tokina macro extender the lens makes it possible to take 1:1 macro scale pictures.
Together with the Tokina AT-X 90 mm f/2.5 MACRO and the Panagor 90 mm f/ 2.8/ 2.5 macro it forms the trio of the most successful and respected macro lenses with the focal length of 90 mm produced by third-party manufacturers.
It is rather frequent for sale at auctions and flea markets and at rather attractive prices.
The optical scheme and build were designed by Tokina to a technical order of Vivitar in 1977. First, an analogue of this lens was produced branded Vivitar: the Vivitar Series 1 90mm f//2.5 macro, remarkable for its outward build, greater dimensions and weight, as well as 58 mm filter diameter. Optical scheme was completely identical. After the Vivitar line had been discontinued, Tokina, slightly redesigned the lens, began to produce it under its own trademark.
The Tokina AT-X 90 mm f/ 2.5 MACRO has been still valued by photographers due to several factors:
It is very sharp, but at the same time it produces very flexible image; Functional aperture at 2.5 .
It is all-purpose; Due to its optic characteristics, it is fit for shooting in many genres, including portraiture;
It produces very beautiful blurring of out-of-focus area - bokeh; The lens has been even nicknamed Bokina.
It produces nice natural color and excellent contrast in the pictures;
It is remarkable for a very good mechanical fit and finish; just glass and metal. The ring movement is approx. 270°.
The lens is well resistant to side and back light. There is a notable drop in contrast when shooting against the light. It is recommended to use it with a hood.
The Tokina AT-X 90mm f/2.5 MACRO is suitable for macrography (especially with extender), portraiture, as well as for shooting different subjects and scenes, and fragments of nature.
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Posted by: Sergei Borodin Date of publication: 24.08.2010