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

reviewer#9249 date: Jul-22-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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:Min AF 28-85mm Macro
KM AF 17-35mm f/2.8-4 (D)
Tamron AF 28-75 f/2.8 XR Di LD Asp IF
Minolta AF 35-70mm F4 Macro
price paid:€50.00
positive:Build Quality
Quick AF
Nice colors & bokeh
Focus and zoom rings are well balanced
Excellent IQ when stopped down
Close Focus Capability (Macro)
negative:No lens hood or shield
comment:This is a very well constructed metal lens which is solidly built, though responsive and produces well above average images at it's standard aperture settings. Stop-it down a little and those images go from average to very good/excellent in terms of sharpness and IQ.

The 'macro' if you can call it that is actually a 'close focus' function that is locked into place and has a ratio of 1:5 from a minimum distance of 40cm. Better than nothing maybe, but if you're into true 'macro', buy a dedicated 1:1 lens.

The lens is pretty rare, and thereby totally underrated (look at the Dyxum owner reviews . . . 2), but that said, it's very versatile for a lens of it's size and focal range. I happen to have an exeptionally nice example of it, and it's a darned nice bit of kit that 'could' be used as an alternative to the kit lens on a full frame body. The nearest compatitble Minolta lens I can think of is the AF 35-70mm F4 Macro in terms of size, weight, specification and build.

It appears that there are not many of these around, but it does punch well above it's weight, and although it's not going to be on top of anyones 'must have' lens list, but if you do find one, try it out as I think you'll be pleasantly surprised what this little pocket rocket can do. An excellent bit of kit.

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