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

reviewer#478 date: Feb-10-2006
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 2
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:
price paid:
positive:- very solid build
- large aperture
- internal focus
- internal zoom
- AF/MF switch design
negative:- prone to flare
- soft wide open
comment:This is a very difficult lens to review
IMO, wide open it is very soft with some
hazing, but once it is stopped down it
will take and resolve all the detail
thrown at it.

The build is excellent and it has that
"Tokina quality" feel, lens hood is lined
in velvet, and it is simply a lens that
can be taken anywhere without fear of
Of course that comes with a price, and it
is a bit heavy.

The biggest problem is flare, it is so
easy to introduce it, once I noticed it
clearly in viewfinder despite the fact
that sun was way out of frame and even
covered with (not so thick) layer of

Wide open at 28mm vignetting is quite
obvious, but I simply like the effect, as
it gives a certain “look” to the pictures,
my sample is a bit sharper wide open on wide
end, and it is quite usable, but longer focal
lengths are better avoided if lens is wide
open. The large f2.8 aperture is still a nice
thing to have, as it affects viewfinder...

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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