The type of photography that you are planning to use is an important decision factor. Here we have evaluated the Samyang 100mm F2.8 Macro and the Tokina 100mm f2.8 Macro for their suitability to various photography scenarios:
Size and Weight Comparison
Size of a lens is an important deciding factor when comparing two lenses.Samyang 100mm F2.8 Macro is the longer of the two lenses at 123mm. The Tokina 100mm f2.8 Macro with a length of 95mm is 28mm shorter. On the other hand, there is no difference between the max diameters of these lenses, both coming at 73mm.
Weight of a lens is as important as its external dimensions, especially if you are planning to hand hold your camera and lens combination for longer periods. Tokina 100mm f2.8 Macro weighs 540g, 25% (180g) lighter than the Samyang 100mm F2.8 Macro's weight of 720g.
Both Samyang 100mm F2.8 Macro and Tokina 100mm f2.8 Macro has the same Nikon F (FX) lens mount. Some of the latest released cameras that are compatible with the Nikon F (FX) lenses are Nikon D6, Nikon D780 and Nikon D3500.
Samyang 100mm F2.8 Macro is also available in Canon EF , Fujifilm X, Micro Four Thirds, Pentax KAF, Samsung NX, Sony Alpha and Sony E mounts.
Tokina 100mm f2.8 Macro is also available in Canon EF mount.
Both lenses have the same focal range of 100mm and the fastest aperture of F2.8.