Tokina 28-70mm F3.5-4.5 SD AF A-mount lens review by hecubus23

reviewer#11441 date: Nov-7-2013
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 own this lens
compared to:Sony 18-55 f3.5-5.6 sam
Minolta 24-80 f4-5.6
price paid:$45
positive:Lightweight, build quality, sharpness, fast AF, pretty good in low light.
negative:Macro really isn't Macro. Limited focal range.
comment:Love this lens. Quick AF and very nice sharpness, I was lucky to find this lens on EBay and at a great price, seeing I had a hard time finding this lens. My a57 and this lens are a great match. Sure, there's always a bad lens in a batch from time to time, but the lens I bought is a gem. If I had any issue with this lens it would be limited focal range and minimum focal range. And to be honest, the Macro is kind of useless.

I shoot convention photography as a hobby and the focal range is perfect but if this lens went from 28-90, this lens would be a near perfect walk around lens. Regardless, the lens does exactly what I want it to do. If you can find one with clean glass and at a good price, buy one.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 4
  • sharpness: 4.00
  • color: 4.25
  • build: 5.00
  • distortion: 3.50
  • flare control: 3.50
  • overall: 4.05 - Home of the alpha system photographer
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania