Excerpt: Jsut starting out with macro photography and read a lot of reviews about this Tokina and the Tamrom. The Tokina won out. I purchased from B&H due to their reliability and recieved the lens as promised. The lens did not have any issues at all and I am learning macro with it. The few photos I've taken are very sharp and I do not see any image issues. The auto focus is fast enough for my uses, rugged construction and feels right.
Pros: Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: Let me compare this lens DIRECTLY to the Nikon 105 VR f/2.8. (Yep, I'm going there.)First I own both of these lenses. I bought the Nikon first because I have always gotten the best performance and optics from the Nikon version of the lenses I use, such as the 24-70 2.8G, the 70-200 VRII, the 85 1.4G, the 50 1.4. You get the picture. I compare honestly and if anything, with a little(very little) bias towards Nikon glass.
Excerpt: I have added this Tokina lens to my bag of Nikon lenses. This is the second Tonina lens I have purchased based on quality of the lens and its photographic quality. Where you are looking for a specialty lens that doesn't break the bank Tokina is an excellent choice. Superior photographic quality for half the price. Form and function is flawless.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I use this lens for technical photography of objects as close as about 10" from the front of the lens (for 1: 1 reproduction), with a Nikon D3200 camera, heavy tripod, manual focus, and aperture priority. I don't need the much more expensive Nikon AF-S 105mm f/2.8 VR Micro-NIKKOR. I don't need VR for my macro photography. I have good lighting. And even if I didn't have good lighting, my camera and the objects I photograph are perfectly still.
Excerpt: So far no complaints with this Tokina macro lens. The only difference between this lens and the Nikkor 105mm micro is the VR, which if your are shooting macro format does not warrant an extra $ dollars on the price tag.