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

reviewer#1160 date: Sep-4-2006
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Tokina AT-X 280 Pro
Minolta 24-85mm
price paid:Ł110 (new)
positive:Cheap (for me!)
Best built 3rd party lens (and better than most OEM)
2nd worst hood ever (only 28/2.8 is worse)
Bit soft wide open
comment:Well, I thought the AT-X 280 was the best handling AF lens until I bought this.
Same wonderful smooth action to the focus and zoom rings, (like an old MF lens) but all metal and a nicer smooth paint finish. Couple of minor issues though: you can only engage the MF clutch in one position, and no focus scale in AF. (both fixed in the 280)

Performance is pretty good too, it is a little soft wide open, but it depends what you shoot as to whether this is a problem. I've only shot wide open to test, never in a 'real' situation, though I quite like the bokeh wide open, so perhaps I will use it more often now.
As you stop down sharpness improves noticeably.

Not much flare resistance and the hood won't help either as it is only a couple of cm deep!

If you can find one at this price you can't go wrong. It's not perfect, but it will outperform any cheap zoom and run its direct rivals pretty close. After all, Tokina bought the design for this from Angenieux, don't you know?

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
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania