Tokina 28-105mm F3.5-4.5 AF Aspherical A-mount lens review by Stu666

reviewer#11015 date: Apr-6-2013
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
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:Minolta 28-105 RS
price paid:
positive:Beautiful colors
Excellent build quality
negative:Nothing so far
comment:My first review, not as technical as most but hopefully helpful to some :)

I sought this lens out after trying the Tokina 75-300 AF and being very impressed.

I have been lucky enough to compare this with the Minolta 28-105 RS, I tested both on my A65.
(No compatibility issues with SLT)

There are a lot of similarities with the 2 lenses as far as image quality goes, both are sharp and both have beautiful color and bokeh.

I would say the Tokina actually has better colors, I have used both primarily for portraits of my kids and both produce stunning images.

I now have to tricky decision of which to keep, the Tokina has slightly better colors but the Minolta has the more responsive AF, I found the Tokina struggled at times and hunts a little while shooting indoors, no issues at all in good light but worth bearing in mind if you are intending to use in low light.

I used the Minolta lens hood with this one and had no issues with flare, the Minolta hood fits very well so good to know if you find a copy without a hood.

Highly recommended, the Tokina lenses seem to be overlooked for some reason so these can usually be found at a good price, totally recommended!

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 4
  • sharpness: 4.50
  • color: 4.25
  • build: 5.00
  • distortion: 4.75
  • flare control: 3.75
  • overall: 4.45 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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