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Tokina Reflex 300mm F6.3 MACRO MF

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Reviews and Problems with Tokina Reflex 300mm F6.3 MACRO MF

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Overall 10
10

Five Stars

Chicago Consumer, Amazon
30 October 2014
  • Summary: Very sharp and much more compact than a 300mm zoom lens
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Overall 10
10

Helps not to miss the shot

Bushman, B&H Photo
3 April 2014
  • 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.
  • Pros: Compact, Lightweight, Reliable
  • Cons: Poor Contrast Of Labels, Poor Grip
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Overall 6
6.0

cute little lens

tedlegrand, B&H Photo
7 March 2014
  • 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

handy little telephoto lens

me, B&H Photo
14 February 2014
  • 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.
  • Pros: Lightweight
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Overall 8
8.0

OK quality, but great size

Rich Cameron, Amazon
31 October 2013
  • Summary: Not the greatest mirror lens I've used (the Tamron 350mm 5.6 probably takes the cake), but it isn't bad either. I personally love the out of focus "donut" effect. For the sheer portability, it's really a no brainer.
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Overall 6
6.0

Decided to see for my self

Gary Eckhardt, Amazon
16 October 2013
  • Summary: As the various reviews have stated, this lens is very hard to focus and the lens lacks contrast. Focus peaking in the camera body is very helpful. If one is very careful with focusing and using the lens/camera on a monopod or tripod, the resulting image can be good, not outstanding but good. Post processing can help the contrast issue. I decided to keep the lens.
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Overall 8
8.0

Tricky. Fun. Artsy.

B. Harding "cameracritic", Amazon
12 October 2013
  • Summary: This lens has me puzzled, but I am giving it thumbs up because it is a welcome addition to the M43 line and has a unique signature. Some people will hate this lens, so be sure you do your homework. I have mine coupled to an OM-D EM-5. Be sure to upgrade to 1.5 Firmware Update. Adjust Image Stabilization for a 300mm lens. I've been out birding with it and can see a a Nuthatch peck a peanut from 30 yards.
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Overall 6
6.0

Good optics, difficult to use

John G. Bennett "Tanj", Amazon
5 October 2013
  • Summary: The good news: the optics seem good, and it is very light weight for the range. As you would expect from a mirror there seems to be no chromatic aberration. In other words, yes this is a real lens, not junk! The difficulty, no autofocus. The focus ring is VERY finicky, a 1mm error in rotation makes the difference between focus and blurred rubbish. And, guess what? You have no optical viewfinder on your MFT camera. The viewfinder on the back is not sharp enough.
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Overall 4
4.0

The bokeh is horrible. Manual focusing is difficult

Amazon Customer, Amazon
28 September 2013
  • Summary: The bokeh is horrible. Manual focusing is difficult. When the stars align correctly, it takes a decent photo.
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Overall 8
8.0

Back to the future

Mike, B&H Photo
7 March 2013
  • 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.
  • Pros: Easily Interchangeable, Lightweight, Rugged
  • Cons: Poor in Low Light, Slow Focus
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