Tokina 28-70mm F2.6-2.8 AT-X 270 PRO AF A-mount lens review by tankm

reviewer#1023 date: Jul-16-2006
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:Minolta 28-75 f2.8
price paid:
positive:Build. AF/MF clutch.
negative:Heavy. Minimum focus distance of 700mm compare to Minolta 330mm.
Sharpnest wide open (f2.8) is mixed.
Flare easily.
comment:f2.6 not usable on the KM5D (not really important). Sharpnest at wide open (F2.8) is mixed, better at the wide side, and become soft around 60mm onward. Stepping down to f3.5-4 helps to regain the sharpnest at the long end.

Only thing I really missed from the Tokina is the AF/MF clutch mechanism. When set at AF, the lens can be held anywhere without worry of gripping the AF ring. When set to MF, it provides a big grip, easier to MF.

Have to watch out for flare causing situation. Side strong light can cause flare on this lens.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 31
  • sharpness: 4.45
  • color: 4.65
  • build: 5.00
  • distortion: 4.58
  • flare control: 3.87
  • overall: 4.51 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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