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

reviewer#744 date: May-3-2006
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
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:Km 18-70 3.5-4.5 Kitlens
50mm Prime
price paid:299€ (Used)
positive:-Sharp for a zoom
-AF/MF clutch + MF ring
-Robust, realy heavy build quality
-Internal focusing
-Smooth zoom and focus
Fast AF
-Weight? Doesn't bother me..
comment:This is my first tokina lens, and i am happy to say, all positive things i read about this lens, here att dyxum and from other forums, they were true.

It is really built like a tank. I do not mind the weight, because every moving part in this lens work smooth. It is internal focusing and internal zooming, the outer dimensions stay the same whatever you do.

The AF/MF clutch is a nice feature, even tough not as good as on newer tokinas or sigmas. You can only push or pull from a few focus locations, not all as with the never versions. You push it forward and it releases the ring from MF. So when you use AF it does not rotate and you can support your lens with your whole hand. When its pushed back against the body, its starts rotating when used on AF, so you got to switch AF to MF from the body. The 7D has it easier becuse it has a AF/MF button under the right thumb. But its no problem with the 5D either.

The pictures taken with this lens are sharp. Stopped down they are extremely sharp. Some say that its soft or too soft at wide open, might be a tad soft but very usable if nothing else. Depends on what to compare with. Its sharp enough for me in anycase.

The lenscap that came with my lens is horrible. You cant even think of using it at the same time as the lenshood. But to protect the lens, it works just fine. Otherwise i have no complaints so far.

I gave all fives for this lens, but not for the sharpnes. The sharpness is great but as it is not as good as a 50mm primer (whitch i didnt expect it to be) it gets a 4.5. /edit/ I will not lower the buildquality from 5, but as the clutch can be better, it should be 4.5 as with the sharpness.

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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