Reviews and Problems with Tokina Reflex 300mm F6.3 MACRO MF
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Bushman, B&H Photo
2 weeks ago
Excerpt: I'm using it as my "everyday carry" telephoto lens for Olympus E-PL1 camera. There are several catadioptric lenses on the market, including the old ones, but this is unique piece of gear, because it was designed for m4/3 system, therefore it does not have extra weight and size like others. You can easily fit it into very small bag unlike regular lenses with equivalent focal length (2x longer) and take it wherever you go.
Excerpt: This lens has a great feel. The all metal finish gives it the look and weight of a high quality lens. This lens was designed for m4/3 so it has a very small size compared to a full frame equivalent. It has good macro capabilities, and with 300mm, it leys you stay relatively far from insects so they won't be scared away. Unfortunately, the quality of the optics is not up to par with the lenses offered by Panasonic, olympus and sigma.
Excerpt: I was told that Minolta mades a very good 250 mm reflex lens. That would be about right for taking photos of birds and butterflies. I have been watching [*]auctions for that lens, and find it too expensive. I was wondering why doesn't some else make a similar lens . I am happy that Tokina is making one. This lens also saves me the trouble of having to make a Minolta to Micro 4/3 adaptor. For comparison, I also have a Lumix G vario 100-300 lens.
Excerpt: Years ago I owned a Tokina 500mm mirror lens in the old Canon FD mount. The new Micro 4/3 mirror lens is very similar in concept. Don't expect it to be a brilliant long range lens; it is computed for medium to close-up shots, where it performs very well. It's great virtue is size and weight. As a South African I often visit our game reserves and work in my van, where a mirror lens is ideal. Some people dislike the bokeh with it's doughnut highlights but I don't.
Excerpt: I bought this lens to use on my OMD EM5; I would say without the stabilization from the OMD this lens would not be very useful. The image produced by this lens is not that great, so I wouldn't use it for any serious shots. But because it's so compact and works well with the OMD, It is easy to carry around and have fun with it.
Summary: I bought the Tokina 300mm f6.3 mirror lens to use on my Olympus PEN micro four thirds body. It has the equivalent focal length of 600mm in 35mm terms. Think about it - 600mm. It being a mirror lens, there is no aperture to alter, so you put the camera onto Aperture priority (A on the top plate control). The other thing you have to do, and to take responsibility for, is the focussing. You will be focussing a 600mm lens - take your time and get it right.