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

reviewer#2119 date: Apr-7-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
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:Minolta 70-210 f/4
Minolta 50mm 1.7
Minolta 28-135 f/4-4.5
Minolta 24mm 2.8
Tamron SP 35-105 2.8
Sony 18-70
price paid:275 USD used
Heavy/Well Built
negative:Backfocus/won't work with digital
comment:I ordered this lens off Ebay after reading some reviews on here. The one I received was in perfect condition. It even had the original plastic wrapping inside. When I first tried it, I thought it gave perfect shots. When I examined some shots I took at 2.8, however, I discovered the camera was backfocusing. I tried it on my 5D, a 7D, and an Alpha. On all three I had the same results. I sent it to Tokina hoping it was something they could repair. They told me this lens was designed for 35mm film cameras only, and it was not supported for digital use. As such, there was nothing they could do. It worked perfectly on my 800si, but I really don't shoot film much anymore. Otherwise this lens would have been a keeper.

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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