Tokina 28-80mm F2.8 AT-X 280 AF PRO A-mount lens review by QuietOC

reviewer#44123 date: Aug-25-2018
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony DT 16-50 F2.8 SSM
Sony CZ 16-80 F3.5-4.5 DT
Tamron SP 17-50 F2.8
Minolta AF 24-50 F4
Minolta AF 24-85 F3.5-4.5/RS
Minolta AF 24-105 F3.5-4.5 D
Tamron SP 28-75mm F2.8 XR Di
Minolta AF 28-85 F3.5-4.5
Minolta AF 28-105 F3.5-4.5/RS/Xi
Minolta AF 28-135 F4-4.5
Sigma AF 28-105 F2.8-4
price paid:123 USD (used)
positive:Pretty sharp wide-open
Minolta/Sony zoom and focus direction
negative:Large and heavy
Tokina glow/low contrast
Long wide end
Cheap, heavy metal build
External focus and zoom
Uneven zoom mechanism
Noisy mechanical focus
77 mm filter size
Very large hood diameter
comment:According to Tokina this lens was developed after Tokina was absorbed by Kenko in the mid 1990's thus predating Minolta and Sony digital SLRs. The slightly smaller/lighter 28-70mm F2.6-2.8 AT-X 270 Pro II was sold alongside this lens. "JAPAN"

This lens borrows the lens ID of the Minolta AF 28-85mm F3.5-4.5.

Like other Tokina zooms this is an external front focus and extending zoom. The front element is most retracted at 50 mm and infinity focus and most extended at 28 mm and closest focus. The outer barrel of the body and the stationary filter threads reach slightly beyond the fully extended front element.

Despite the 77 mm filter size, the front element looks lightly smaller than the one on the 67 mm filter thread Tamron 28-75mm F2.8. The Tamron retracted looks considerably smaller, but actually extends a bit longer at 75 mm.

The mid-range Minolta AF zooms arguably have better image quality at the same aperture settings with better contrast and flare control. The Tokina glow/lack of contrast doesn't go away even when stopped down. I can't see any visible haze or fungus on the lens elements.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 19
  • sharpness: 4.03
  • color: 4.68
  • build: 4.79
  • distortion: 4.42
  • flare control: 3.16
  • overall: 4.22
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