Tokina 28-80mm F2.8 AT-X 280 AF PRO A-mount lens review by former member
|former member#6 date: Nov-9-2004|
flare control: 4
|ownership:||I have experience with this lens|
|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.