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Tokina 35mm f/2.8 AT-X PRO DX Macro Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras

by Tokina
3 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews

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  • Macro photography
  • Its compact size makes it easy to carry
  • Wide f/2.8 aperture allows for easier viewing in low light situations
  • Optical construction: 9 element in 8 groups.
  • Minimum focus distance: 5.5 in. (14cm)
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Technical Details

Product Description

Product Description

Autofocus Macro Lens

From the Manufacturer

When used on digital SLR cameras, the Tokina AT-X M35 PRO DX lens gives the same angle of view as a 52mm lens. The close focusing distance of the M35 is an amazingly close 5.5 in. (14cm), yielding a macro ratio of 1:1 or life-sized reproduction with excellent sharpness. Its compact size makes it easy to carry almost everywhere and the wide f/2.8 aperture allows for easier viewing in low light situations.

The front element of the AT-X M35 PRO DX has a newly formulated WR or "Water Repellent" optical coating on the glass. This new coating makes marks such as spots left by water or finger-prints much easier to clean than standard multi-coating.**
** Please note, the Tokina AT-X M35 PRO DX lens itself is not waterproof or water resistant.

Tokina’s exclusive One-touch Focus Clutch Mechanism allows the photographer to switch between AF and MF simply by snapping the focus ring forward for AF and back toward the camera to focus manually. There is no second AF/MF switch on the lens for Canon, everything is accomplished by the focus ring.

Tokina AT-X M35 PRO DX Specifications

  • Mount compatibility: Canon APS-C
  • Focal length: 35mm
  • Maximum aperture: f/2.8
  • Minimum aperture: f/22
  • Optical construction: 9 element in 8 groups.
  • Coatings: Multi-layer
  • Angle of view: 43°
  • Minimum focus distance: 5.5 in. (14cm)
  • Macro Ratio: 1:1
  • No. Aperture blades: 9
  • Filter Size: 52mm
  • Lens width: 73.2mm
  • Lens length: 60.4mm
  • Weight: 340g
Note: The lens is designed for digital cameras with APS-C sized CMOS and CCD sensors; it is not designed for cameras with Full Frame sensors.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 3 x 3 inches ; 12 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • ASIN: B0016Q6BXC
  • Item model number: ATXAFM35DXC
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 1, 2008

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Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

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I was all set to buy Canon's 60mm f/2.8 macro...but I was hesitant because I really wanted something in the 30-50mm range that I could double up with as a portrait lens. I didn't even know this lens existed until I randomly stumbled upon it at POTN....and the rest, as they say, is history.

For the price, the quality of photos is excellent on my 40D. Like most macro primes, it is excellent wide-open (f/2.8).

It's a true 1:1 macro....but the short focal length means you'll have a really tough time using 1:1 in the field (without a macro flash attachment). If you are really serious about macro shots, you may want to look at a 100mm or 150mm focal length macro (giving you more space between lens and subject). But I plan to use this lens a lot as a portrait lens as well as close ups, this is not a big problem. Just understand that a 35mm macro does bring some limitations....but it's perfect for what I wanted.

If you're use to Canon ring-motor auto-focus (and every other lens I own with AF have the Canon ring motors!), then the slower focus speed will take some getting use to. The range limiter helps, and the AF/MF switch is pretty easy to engage/disengage. MF using the live view works very well.

Build is excellent. Not quite L-quality....but then what is for the price?

All and all....well done, Tokina.
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I've owned this lens for close to three months now and am extremely pleased with its performance.

I was looking for a prime in the normal range that would give me sharper pictures than my walk around zoom on my 40D. Canon's 35 1.4L would have fit the bill nicely, but at 5 times the price of this Tokina it was a bit out of my budget. It's hard to find reviews of this Tokina, but the ones I found were positive so I decided to take a chance.

What I like
- Very solid, well-built feel - It has a lot of metal in the build and just a little heft to it.
- Tack sharp, even wide open
- Nice bokeh
- Fairly fast
- Focuses accurately
- Macro capabilities

The tradeoffs
- Slow focusing - if it has to hunt for focus it can take a long time to go through its full range. It does have a limiter switch you can use if you are not shooting extreme close-ups that speeds it up.
- The auto/manual focus is handled with a push/pull clutch ring instead of a switch. It's easy to use, but tends to go into my camera bag set on auto and come out set on manual. I have to remember to check that it's set back to auto focus when I take it out of the bag.
- Not as fast as some prime lenses with similar focal lengths

It is a versatile lens. I've been very happy with the results when using it on landscapes, portraits of my kids, and macro shots of flowers in my yard. You do have to have the lens almost right up against the subject for macro, but the results are sharp.

I was initially hesitant to buy a non-Canon lens, but am very happy with this Tokina. The image quality is superb, and the build quality surprised me.
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Now I don't normally write reviews. In fact, this is the first one I've ever written, but after enjoying this lens for the last 2 months I thought it was worth contributing. When new DSLR buyers ask for lens advice, the usual response is to suggest the "nifty-fifty" lens. This is a workhorse lens that is modestly priced and, owing to being a prime, enjoys terrific optics. Historically, 50mm is also a versatile focal length, good for portraits, modest landscapes and so on. But one important thing has changed historically and that is crop factor. For many of us, myself included, starter DSLRs mean that you're working with a 1.6 crop factor. This means that your 50mm lens is, in effect, an 80mm lens, a far less versatile focal length. The other limitation in working with the nifty-fifty is that you cannot work close up. These lenses usually have minimum focus distance of 1.5m.

Enter the Tokina 35mm. As you might expect of a prime lens, the optics on this are superb. It offers sharp detail, excellent color saturation and, because the focal element is recessed in the body of the lens, it is not prone to flare. With a 1.6 crop factor, this lens is, in effect, about a 50mm lens---the sweet spot focal length. Finally, this lens has amazing macro capability. I can focus down to the point where the subject is mere inches away from the camera. At 35mm, macros are wider angled than the usual types of macro lenses (my other macro is Canon's superb 100mm f/2.8). If I could carry around just one lens, the Tokina might be the one I'd choose.

Finally, there is the price. At $300 the lens is not cheap (or not as cheap as the nifty-fifty), but as lenses go, this price is on the lower side. The quality of the exposure, however, is similar in quality to much more expensive lenses.
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Bright, light, and easy to use. Easy pull out barrel to manual focus. Macro gives the lens more uses. Picture quality is excellent. I bought the Nikon model for my D90. Most of my other lens are Nikon, but once I got this Tokina, I bought another longer 2.8 Tokina lens soon after. Tokina took some bad raps for poor quality control a while back, but they are past it, and you should take a close look at this lens if you are even a little interested. You can't go wrong with Amazon, they want you to be happy. I've had them pay return shipping more than once with no augments, and a quick refund. Don't take a month to decide, take you pictures and make up you mind in a few days and you will have no hassle
I am shopping for another Tokina and I saw that this beauty had one one review on it. Since I own it, I thought it was my duty to tell you all how much I like it.
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