Tokina 28-80mm F2.8 AT-X 280 AF PRO A-mount lens review by my-spot

reviewer#445 date: Jan-24-2006
sharpness: 3.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 2
overall: 4.1
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:
price paid:
positive:Great Build Quality
Very reliable.
Good color
Good distortion
negative:Poor Flare Control
Not as sharp as I would like.
Not as usefull range on 7D
comment:It is my "main" lens in that 75% of my images are taken with it. This is well build but is not as sharp as I would like. It *can* be sharp, sometimes I view a photo taken with it and am surprised that it is actually sharper then expected, but usually I find the results too soft. The flare on this lens is not well controlled and often is in the form of an ugly mis-shapened blob. This seems to only be present in photos with a strong /small source of light.
The 35mm equivelent range is 42-120mm so I find the range less usefull on my 7D then I did on my 9.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 19
  • sharpness: 4.03
  • color: 4.68
  • build: 4.79
  • distortion: 4.42
  • flare control: 3.16
  • overall: 4.22 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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