Tokina 28-70mm F2.8-4.5 AF A-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 8   
reviewer#10141 date: Apr-23-2012
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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 own this lens
compared to:Sony 18-70mm (kit)
Sony 18-55mm (kit)
Minolta 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 RS
Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5
Sigma 28mm f/1.8 Multi-coated
Minolta 28mm f/2.8
price paid:approx. 50 euros
positive:Light-weight; responsive AF; nice color and IQ; sharp at f/5.6 or smaller aperture; good low light performance if tack sharp is not required (f/2.8-3.5); low cost
negative:Dull colors in heavily overcast weather
comment:Excellent performance for such a low-cost lens! I bought my copy primarily to snap family events indoors in low light (on an A350, then an A500 and now an A33), and it does the job reasonably well. Outdoors it is sharp as well as light-weight, nice to use. It isn't nearly as versatile as the Sigma 17-70mm, so I haven't used the Tokina a lot (although I have posted a few sample photos). I've now found the improved ISO performance of the A33 allows me to use a recently-acquired Minolta 24-85 in fairly low light, and it is a bit sharper at f/3.5 than the Tokina 28-70mm at f/2.8-3.5. The touch of softness of the Tokina at f/2.8-3.5 actually looks good on close-ups of the grandchildren. It can't touch the primes, of course. But it remains a good performer as a low-light lens for anyone on a limited budget.
reviewer#9680 date: Dec-7-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 3
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.7
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 own this lens
compared to:Minolta 35-70mm F4
price paid:
missing
positive:Pretty sharp even wide open
Fast aperture at wider end of zoom
Good build quality
negative:A little low in contrast but nothing major
May need a hood to reduce veiling glare in bright light
comment:I was expecting soft corners at the wide end based on previous reviews but was pleasantly surprised that my copy is actually pretty sharp at 28mm, corner to corner even at F2.8. Sharpness-wise there is really nothing much to complain about except for some slight softness at the tele end which disappears once you stop down. Color is a little cool but this could be easily remedied through white balance.
reviewer#5076 date: Mar-22-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 3
flare control: 5
overall: 4.2
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:Tamron 28-75mm F2.8
Sony 18-70
price paid:50€
positive:- cheap
- good range on film
- nice and small
- surprisingly sharp when stopped down
negative:- doesn't work well on Dynax 7
- super soft corners @ 28mm, F2.8
- well, can't really find anything else considering the price
comment:This is in fact a really nice lens. I've got it really cheap on eBay and I've been pleasantly surprised by the little thing.

Image quality is really OK, CA's not obtrusive, the softness wide open goes away at F8 giving you a lens far superior than the 18-70 resolution and color-wise. (although it does present rather high barrel distortion @ wide angle)

It's surprisingly well built and compact. The inner lens barrel is metal and the zoom ring feels very good. Nothing's loose on this lens. It focuses very fast.

On APS-C it's quite usable wide open because the corners aren't that important anymore. I'm very pleased with this lens, and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for cheap glass in this range.

! Note !
On Dynax 7, I don't understant why, when you zoom, as you approach the 50mm mark the camera freezes. Going to 28 or 70mm solves the problem but it may become a bit frustrating.
reviewer#4977 date: Mar-7-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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 own this lens
compared to:sony 18-70 kitlens
minolta 28-80 kitlens
sigma 28-80
sigma 24mm f/2.8
minolta 50mm f/1.7 RS
price paid:50 EUR used
positive:cheap
build quality
sharpness when stopped down
wide aperture
zoomring feels nice
negative:no AF when in macro
noisy AF
comment:bought this one at Marktplaats for 50 EUR. I like it very much, it is sharp when stopped down a bit, produces nice colours, it is lightweight.wide-open it gives nice bokeh..(donuts) I like the zoomring, which feels a lot better than from the sonny 18-70. Af is somewhat noisy, but is faster then the AF from the minolta and sony kitlens. It's a bargain.
reviewer#2818 date: Oct-3-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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 own this lens
compared to:Sigma 28-70/2.8 (Old)
Kit
35/2
28/2.8
50/1.7
price paid:
missing
positive:Light and cheap.
Sharp for what it is.
Macro more useful than I would have though
negative:Not super build quality, but for the price very good.
comment:I haven't used this lens much at all but thought I would offer my short review of it since I was more impressed than I expected with it.

I used the lens on a 700si shooting b&w film.

Obviously I cannot comment on the color... but I found the sharpness better than expected - really quite nice. There seems to be a little noticeable distortion at the long end. As far as flare goes, I didn't really "test" that but on the sunny day I used it nothing came out in the pictures at all. Build is a little plastic feeling, but better than expected.

If you can get one cheap this is a worthy lens imho.
reviewer#1009 date: Jul-10-2006
sharpness: 3.5
color: 3
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.7
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:- 2.8 at 28mm
- Well built
- Macro Option
negative:- Only MF in macro mode
- takes a long time to be detected on the Dynax 7
- Switching to MF on the lens and on the camera can be pain.
comment:I've used this lens in the past on my Dynax 800si on which it works fine, but it's troubling on the Dynax 7.
reviewer#911 date: Jun-12-2006
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:18-70 Kit Lens
price paid:
missing
positive:Robust
Nice colors
Good low light capability
negative:AF not realy fast
comment:nice old lens.
works with the Dynax 5D and its Anti Shake System
reviewer#469 date: Feb-4-2006
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.7
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:Sigma 28-70/2.8 DF EX Asp
Minolta 50/1.7
price paid:50 Euro (used)
positive:Reliability
Small distortion on the wide end
negative:Slower autofocus compared with modern lenses
comment:This is a rather old lens, but if I lost it I would replace it.
I’ve used it as my main lens, since buying it for my old Dynax 7000AF body.
It works fine with the Dynax 7d

Update: After many years of use the lens got too much tolerance in the front lens group (Front focus lens). I have replaced it with the Sigma.
reviews found: 8   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 8
  • sharpness: 3.94
  • color: 3.88
  • build: 4.38
  • distortion: 3.88
  • flare control: 3.75
  • overall: 3.96

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