The type of photography that you are planning to use is an important decision factor. Here we have evaluated the Venus 105mm F2 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.Venus 105mm F2 is the longer of the two lenses at 99mm. The Tokina 100mm f2.8 Macro with a length of 95mm is 4mm shorter. Besides being longer, the Venus 105mm F2 also has a larger diameter of 76mm compared to Tokina 100mm f2.8 Macro's 73mm diameter.
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, 27% (205g) lighter than the Venus 105mm F2's weight of 745g.
Both Venus 105mm F2 and Tokina 100mm f2.8 Macro has the same Canon EF lens mount. Some of the latest released cameras that are compatible with the Canon EF lenses are Canon 1D X III, Canon 6D MII and Canon 5D MIV.
Venus 105mm F2 is also available in Sony E , Nikon F (FX), Pentax KAF2 and Sony Alpha mounts.
Tokina 100mm f2.8 Macro is also available in Nikon F (FX) mount.
Venus 105mm F2 is a prime lens with fixed focal lenght of 105mm. When it is mounted on an APS-C sensor camera with 1.6x crop, it provides an 35mm (FF) equivalent of 168mm.
Tokina 100mm f2.8 Macro is a prime lens with fixed focal lenght of 100mm. When it is mounted on an APS-C sensor camera with 1.6x crop, it provides an 35mm (FF) equivalent of 160mm.