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Tokina AT-X MACRO 90 mm  f/ 2.5 Lens

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Tokina AT-X MACRO 90 mm  f/ 2.5 lens

Tokina AT-X MACRO 90 mm  f/ 2.5 lens

Tokina AT-X MACRO 90 mm  f/ 2.5 lens

Tokina AT-X MACRO 90 mm  f/ 2.5 lens

Tokina AT-X MACRO 90 mm  f/ 2.5 lens


Tokina AT-X MACRO 90 mm  f/ 2.5 MTF Chart

Optical design

Tokina AT-X MACRO 90 mm  f/ 2.5 optical design

Tokina AT-X MACRO 90 mm  f/ 2.5 optical design

Tokina AT-X MACRO 90 mm  f/ 2.5 optical design

Format: 35mm SLR

Type: Prime lens

Focusing: Manual Focus (MF)

Lens mounts: C/Y (contax/yashica), Canon FD, FDn, Nikon F (FX, DX), Olympus OM, Pentax K

First year of production: 1986

Last year of production: 1997

Optical design: 8 elements in 7 groups

Features: Macro lens
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Average price: $487


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Additional information:

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

Mechanical quality4.836
Optical quality5.006
Pricing / Value4.176
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