Summary: This lens is extremely sharp wide open, AF is precise and fast (faster than the Nikon 35mm f1.8) macro feature is icing on the cake. Build quality is very high. The only draw back (not really a design flaw more as a result of the 35mm designation). This means lens is literally almost touching the subject at 1:1 macro. This also means the angle of view on a DX body is close to 50mm. I wish it is wider.
Summary: I bought this lens to fall between my 50mm and my 11-16mm lenses (35mm is right in the middle). I use it now as my walk-around lens (it has the field of view of a 56mm lens on a 35mm film camera). I am profoundly surprised by the quality of this lens! The image quality is second to none. The macro abilities are shocking! I always thought you'd need a 180mm Macro to do anything "interesting". But this lens has proven to be a fantastic macro lens!
Returned the lens for exposure errors. It was and excellent piece of work beyond that issue.
DOUGLAS A GREGORY, Amazon
29 April 2013
Summary: Lens was tight, bright, and accommodated macro views. It was the right size and permitted reasonable filter acquisition. The manual focus clutch feature is great in a small macro. Problem was the one I received exposed at 1.5 to 2 times over normal, creating washed out images. I returned it. If I was assured of a good one, I would likely buy it again.
Summary: For macro and close portrait pictures only. I am still in the process of understanding how to master macro work...but my pictures seems to be more focus when my camera is on auto. I was expecting the macro to be give me more closer pictures may be.. I wonder if I should have purchased the Nikon macro 40 mn instead...Little bit challenging, this is why I got it, but fun. I will keep that one.
Summary: I selected this lens over Nikon 1.8G after reading so many positive reviews about its performance. It turns out, it did not disappoint; this lens is the sharpest lens in my collections besides may Nikon 55mm 1.8G. Construction is very solid and the bokeh is pleasing to the eyes. At F2.8, the baby is sharper than the Nikon 35mm 1.8G at F4. The Nikon is no contest for this Tokina but the Nikon does have slightly higher clarity in the coloring.
The best normal macro available at the time of purchase
Shivanand Dhannur, Amazon
18 August 2012
Summary: There was none available at this focal length for DX cameras when I shopping for this lens. This lens is super sharp and well built. Although not a big fan of push-pull focus ring I haven't had big problems with it. Lens hood for this lens is only for screwing on filters and not for others reasons that we typically use lens hoods for. I have not tested Nikon 40 2.8 Macro and can't speak for which one is better.