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

reviewer#9250 date: Jul-23-2011
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
overall: 4.4
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 own this lens
compared to:
price paid:230 GBP used
positive:- Very, very solid
- Very sharp from f/4
- Excellent value
negative:- Soft at f/2.8
- Some flaring
comment:I've used this on several weddings as my main standard zoom and I can say it certainly holds up well for a lens that costs well less than half the equivalent Sigma and less than a fifth of the Carl Zeiss equivalent. At f/2.8 it clearly doesn't perform as well as these two lenses, with images decidedly soft - although that's not always a massive issue when shooting portraits. I tend to shoot from f/3.5 for this reason - but 2.8 is there if you need it. From f/4 it'll compete well with the Sigma and Carl Zeiss and from f/8 you'll be wondering why anyone would pay more. Flare has only really presented itself as an issue a couple of times but will show up if you start pointing it directly at the sun. As others have noted, it's built like a tank so no issue with build quality. A real gem if you can find one and great to have while you save up forthat Zeiss!

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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