Tokina 28-70mm F2.6-2.8 AT-X 270 PRO AF A-mount lens review by DynarX64

reviewer#6035 date: Sep-12-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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:-Original Tokina AT-X 270 AF (72mm)
price paid:280 U$
positive:-Well built.
-F2.8 (I don't mind 2.6)
-Well ergonomic design when in use.
-Hood attaching make lens become more pro.
negative:-Crap design AF-MF clutch mechanism.
-Less performance than the Original AT-X270 AF (72 thread version).
-Skin of 'Pro I' and 'Original' are OK but this sand-like coating on 'Pro II' is easily to be peeling.
comment:I've used the Original version of AT-X 270 AF family for very long time from film era to DSLR era. It perform very well even at 2.8 is a bit like a soft filter on the lens automatically.

But for Pro II version (as same as Pro I but differences is very little things unaffected to the image.), it is very sucks (I gave 3.5 sharpness for this lens and 5 for original version). It recover from softness at F8, or may be I have a bad copy. I did comparation between Original one and this one.

here is the link (not a standard testing but can tell you something no more no less).

http://www.photohobby.net/webboard/detail.php?topicid=17054

Sorry for available only in my language. please know that upper image is from Original and lower from Pro II.

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Update ....

My review here,

http://www.fotorelax.com/forum/index.php?topic=8748.0

Let it VS the Tokina 28-80 / 2.8 head to head !!

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
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