First impressions with the Tokina Firin 100mm Macro
The Tokina Firin 100mm macro is FINALLY here! I’ve been waiting a long time for Tokina to build a macro lens for the Sony e-mount system similar to the ones they made for the Canon and Nikon cameras.
Before I moved onto the Sony system, I shot with a Nikon d7100 and my favorite lens at that time to shoot ocean photography with was the Tokina 100 f2.8 macro! A lot of time has passed since then and I found myself really missing that lens. Having the Firin 100mm in my hands today felt so amazing since it has been 9 years since I envisioned this lens becoming a reality for my Sony e-mount cameras.
Even after having only shot with it for one day, I have fallen in love with this lens all over again. As good as it was for the Nikon system, it is even better attached onto my Sony camera. It’s crazy SHARP! Rather than just telling you, I’ve included real world photos and video taken with this lens. The Tokina Firin macro is as sharp as they come! This will be an on-going gallery of my favorite images shot with the new Tokina Firin 100mm macro. As you can see, I don’t have too many macro shots other than photos of my cats. Trust me, they are coming! Please do return from time to time to check in on the sample images.
Here’s a few first impressions about this new addition to the Tokina line up.
For video use, this lens is a WINNER! The focus throw is so smooth. Focus racking is also extremely smooth and will make for some very interesting cinematic imagery.
The image color rendering is astounding and it both beautiful and true to life. I was able to really push and pull these photo in editing like I do with some of my favorite lenses including the Sony Zeiss 55mm f1.8 and Sony Gmaster 24mm f1.4.
Let’s talk about the focal distance from your subject matter. This lens will achieve life - size reproduction (1:1) at 11.8 inches from the sensor plane and provides a comfortable 4.5 inches of working distance from your subject. This means no more lens shadows on your subject when you’re working close. This is a game changer! I’m already planning my next portrait shoot with this lens.
Bokeh Bokeh BOKEH! This lens has a beautiful drop off. Shooting wide open at F2.8 is so dreamy. Like I mentioned before, not only will this lens be great for separating your subject from the background in photos, but will provide all my videographer friends with that buttery cinematic with a very smooth focus throw..
Weight and size. The Tokina Firin 100mm in my opinion is a perfect balance on my Sony full frame e-mount cameras. It’s lighter and smaller then the amazing Sony 90mm macro and coming in at $599, this lens is definitely a steal! If you’re on a budget and can’t afford the Sony G 90mm pricing of around $1,400, this lens is a no-brainer.
Food for thought for you astrophotographers out there that use star trackers. This lens is razor sharp wide open at f2.8 with no noticeable chromatic aberration. Because of how light weight and balanced this lens is on the Sony e-mount cameras, I truly feel like the Firin 100mm will be a great addition for deep space photography. I can’t wait until the new moon cycle kicks back in to test this out.