Tokina 28-70mm F2.6-2.8 AT-X 270 PRO AF A-mount lens review by Callam9774

reviewer#1124 date: Aug-27-2006
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:18-70 Kit Lens. Friend's Nikon AF-S 17-55 f2.8 G (L1000) worth. Tokina was certainly better made and just as fast.
price paid:L149
positive:Superb build quality and hence pride of ownership.Stunning improvemnent over kit lens.Develops muscles in left arm.F2.6/2.8 allows much more control and versatility. Increases excitement at taking photos.At its best using A55 balancing weight of lens. AF of A55 matches sharpness of lens.
negative:A bit of a macho lens. Not recommended if carrying heavy equipment is a problem.
comment:I was a little underwhelmed by my 5D using the kit lens and a shade concerned that my previous bridge-camera took photos that were nearly as good... until I bought the Tokina. The quality of my photos seem to have increased in proportion to the extra weight.

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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