Bye bye Tamron macro. Hello Tokina!
Got my new Tokina macro today. The lens is reputed to be very sharp with a special bokeh. We shall see.
The lens cost enough (for me), ~$380, but less than I've seen others going for. It has the 1:1 adapter which is optical, not a tube. This is supposed to further correct for aberrations in the 1:2 to 1:1 range.
The lens is mint, can't tell it from new - in fact I think it is new.
Of course I had to try it out. The rain cleared and out I went.
The sample attached is sort of interesting for the background. It is a piece of very shear white material stretched on a embroidery hoop. It let the objects in back of it show through in sort of a ghostly way.