Two Old Cameras: Shot with Tokina 100 Macro

Zeiss Ikon Folding Contessa (1950-55) and Super Richoflex (1956-58) shot with
Tokina AT-X 100mm F/2.8 Pro FX Macro lens mounted on Nikon D810. All shots are JPGs SOOC. They were cropped and straightened but not edited.

Both the Contessa and Ricohflex are in bad shape. I got them from my sister and brother-in-law. The cameras belonged to his father and hadn’t been used in ages. I’m planning to put a roll of film in the Contessa to see if it still works. The gears on the Richoflex are frozen, so I’ll need to see if I can get them turning again.

I picked up a used Nikon D810 on eBay a couple weeks ago and am experimenting with various budget FX lenses. The Tokina 100 Macro is highly recommended by Theoria Apophasis (aka Angry Photographer) and others, so it was among the first lenses I bought on eBay. Aside from some CA, it seems to work well as a macro. I’ve set it up for the D810, but I find myself bypassing the AF and manually focusing for best results. The focusing ring is smooth, and I can lock on quickly. I’ll also be testing its non-macro capabilities in the coming days and weeks.

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Nikon D810 Firmware Update

Check your current firmware version:
1. In the MENU, go to the SETUP MENU (wrench) and scroll down to “Firmware version.”
2. “C” is the camera version. “L” is the lens version.
3. Turn camera OFF.

Download the firmware:
1. Go to the Nikon D810 Firmware download site. The default page is for Windows.
2. Click on the Mac OS button for Macs.
3. Click Accept and Download.

Format a memory card on the D810 for the update file:
1. In the MENU, go to the SETUP MENU (wrench) and scroll down to “Format memory card.”
2. Choose SD card slot or CF card slot. (I chose the SD card — smaller of the two.)
3. To the question “All images on memory card will be deleted OK?” select Yes.
5. After the Yes response turns red, click OK (button on the left bottom of the camera).

Copy the firmware onto the formatted memory card:
1. Insert the formatted memory card into your computer.
2. Open the downloaded folder.
3. Copy the D810_XXXX.bin file onto the memory card.

Update the D810’s firmware:
1. Insert the memory card into the D810’s primary slot.
2. Turn the camera on and, in the Menu, go to the SETUP MENU (wrench) and scroll down to “Firmware version,” which is the last item in the list.
3. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the update.

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Photos of Fuji XF80mm Macro Shot with a Tokina 100mm Macro

I used the Tokina 100mm Macro on a Nikon D810 to shoot the Fujinon XF80mm Macro mounted on an X-T2. Click image to enlarge.

The Tokina 100 is made specifically for Nikon. The AF works, but the focus is poor. Manual focusing is simple, quick, and very effective. I like the push-pull clutch function of the focus ring. The focus ring has just the right amount of resistance to provide a precision feel.

I’m impressed with the Tokina 100mm as a macro lens. I need to take it out for a shoot soon.

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How to Pair the Tokina 100mm Macro with the Nikon D810

DSC_4704.jpg converted from RAW file. This file has not been edited or cropped. Specs: 1/100 sec at f/3.8, ISO 2000 (100mm f/2.8). Click image to enlarge. Shot with Nikon D810 and Tokina Macro 100 F2.8 D AT-X Pro AF for Nikon.

In the Digital Photography forum on this topic, some are saying the Tokina 100 works right out of the box with the D810. A few are advising the setup below to get the two to work together.

On the Tokina 100:
1. Follow the green code on the aperture ring.
2. Set it to f/32, which is green.
3. Next, set the lock on the aperture ring so that the green dot shows.

On the D810:
1. Open the Menu.
2. Go to the Setup Menu (wrench).
3. Select “Non-CPU lens data.”
4. For “focal length (mm)” type in 100
5. For “Maximum aperture” type in F2.8
6. Press OK.

The few are correct. The Tokina 100 won’t properly align with the D810 unless these steps are taken. With aperture set to the narrowest (32), the Tokina gives up aperture control to the D810. In the photo above, the shooting aperture is f/3.8 even though the lens is locked at f/32.

Mounted on the D810, the Tokina is able to produce amazing sharpness even at ISO 2000.

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XF80mm Macro Test – Photos of Nikon D810

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Tokina Macro 100 F2.8 D AT-X Pro AF for Nikon

Comments from online sites:

1. The AT-X 100 PRO D is a new macro lens capable of life-sized (1:1) reproduction at 11.8 in. (30 cm).

2. Tokina AT-X M100 PRO D for Nikon mount conforms to the specifications of “Ai AF-D” Nikon lenses.

3. CORRECT: When using with a Nikon DSLR camera or a film camera with CPU system, it is necessary to set the aperture ring to the minimum aperture value (F32). To prevent accidental movements of the aperture ring from the minimum aperture value the ring can be locked in place with the small slide switch adjacent to the ring. (To release the lock, slide the lever to the opposite side.) When setting the aperture value to F32 and then changing it by the dial on the camera, the aperture value displayed in the viewfinder will be other than F32. At this time, the diaphragm blades do not move but will operate according to the aperture value displayed when shuttering. When set on other than the minimum aperture value (F32), the “FEE” error message flashes and the shutter cannot be released.

4. WRONG: This lens will work with the D810 right out of the box.

5. WRONG: Nah just mount it [on D810] and your off to the races 🙂

6. WRONG: [On D810] You shouldn’t have any problems with this combination, as the Tokina 100 macro is a full frame lens.

7. [Rockwell] Tokina calls this the Tokina AT-X PRO 100mm F2.8 D Macro. AT-X: Advanced Technology-seX. PRO: Tokina’s designation for its lenses with its brilliant AF-MF focus clutch. D: The lens tells the camera the distance to the subject, which helps the exposure meter, especially with on-camera flash…. Perfect for use on FX digital, DX digital and 35mm both as a dedicated macro lens, and as a general-purpose short, fast tele for everything from sports to portraits and landscapes…. This Tokina 100mm f/2.8 Macro is a fantastic lens. It’s optical performance is as good or better than the best from Nikon and Canon

8. CORRECT: Once you mount it on your D810 you should go to your Menu button and to the SETUP MENU go to AF fine-tune to setup you new lens for your camera so to optimize the most out of your new lens. [Click here for detailed instructions.]

9. CORRECT: I use a D750, but probably same for D810, just remember to keep aperture set on minimum (f/32) or you’ll get error message and cannot trigger your shutter.

10. I use this lens handheld all the time on both DX and FX camera bodies, mostly for macro work, but it’s also a great portrait lens. One of my favorite lenses.

11. Theoretically you could shoot as slow as 1/125 without visible motion blur. However, I’d shoot at 1/250 just to be sure. If you’re using flash in a studio situation, this won’t be a problem.

12. [Nikon 800e] You shouldn’t have any problems with this combination.

13. Using a Nikon D750, the aperture will open to f/2.8 with the lens fully retracted, if you extend the lens, the aperture size decreases.

14. Nikon cameras display the effective f stop. With macro lenses, the effective f stop increases when you focus closely. I’m assuming this is what you’re seeing and not a defect with the lens. Focus at something far away and the lens should open up to f/2.8.

15. It will mount on the D5100 but will not autofocus, as it does not have its own autofocus motor. You will have to focus it yourself. However, it will work with the camera’s light meter.

16. CORRECT: [On the D5200] You needs to rotate the Manual aperture to f/32 shows in green color. (2)  Just remember when you get this lens to lock it on f/32 otherwise your camera [D5300] won’t take a photo unless you change setting inside the camera.

17. [On the D5200] It should work with all modern Nikon cameras, both DX and FX. By pulling back on the focus ring. you instantly switch to manual focus without touching the camera… a real convenience for macro photography. The lens is razor sharp at f2.8. I have not used the Nikkor 85 mm. Hint: use the (+) button on the camera in Live View mode to exaggerate the magnification. You will get much more focussed photos in the final shot.

18. The Tokina 100mm lens will work with your Nikon D5200 but will NOT autofocus. You will need a lens with the AF motor in the lens itself (as in AF-S lenses by Nikon). If you are using the lens mostly for close-up work though, you will most likely use manual focus most of the time anyway. The Tokina will auto-focus only on cameras with an internal focusing motor. By the way – This is a GREAT lens!

19. I can’t answer which one you should buy, but I can say I have this lens on my D5100 and very much like it. It is not AF on the D5xxx. It is my experience that shooting macro is best done manual focus, so I don’t see that as a problem. Very happy with this lens, and occasionally use it for non-macro and find manually focusing to be quite acceptable. In my opinion, very good value for the money.

20. The aperture is not affected by crop sensor. I use this lens on both my D7200 and D750 at f/2.8. To see the actual effect of DX and FX bodies on the effective focal length, as noted earlier, check-out the NIKKOR Lens Simulator on the Nikon website.

21. I have also used this lens for macro videos and it’s worked flawlessly for that. Of course video doesn’t show off the true sharpness of the lens, since video is of a considerably smaller resolution than pictures. But if macro videography is something you’re interested in, this is a superb lens to use. It was this lens that GOT me interested in macro videography.


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XF80mm: Dying Light

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