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

reviewer#6 date: Nov-9-2004
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
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:Built like a tank! Great focus-clutch mechanism, great feel to zoom/focus controls, great price for what you get
negative:soft at 2.8, heavy
comment:This is an awesome lens in this range! I use it as my primary optic when shooting weddings with 35mm film. Unfortunately, when I switch over to the 7D I will need to find a good replacement for this equivalent range. The focus clutch mechanism in this lens allows you to disengage the focus ring so that it will not rotate with AF and the AF works faster. When released, the focus ring is not locked (as in some Sigma models), but rather rotates freely. When you want to re-engage MF, simply pull back on the focus ring at any point and it re-engages the mechanism. This is easier to use than the Tokina AT-X 828 AF PRO. That lens requires that you rotate the focus ring while pulling back on it until you find the one spot where it can re-engage MF.
The petal hood for this lens is well made and locks securely into place. The interior surfaces of the hood are lined in velvet, a nice touch.

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
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania