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

reviewer#6755 date: Jan-15-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
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 own this lens
compared to:Sony 18-70 kit
Tamron 55-200
Sony 50mm f1.8
price paid:270 USD used
positive:Good coverage for my needs, very solid build, balances well with my camera.
Very sharp.
Internal zoom.
Fast focus.
negative:Feeling a bit heavy on long walks/many handheld shots.
Nasty flare when not using the hood and sun is in the frame.
comment:Very nice lens almost always on my A200. Very sharp after f4. I really cant find anything against this lens , the softness reported at f2.8 is not really something to complain of considering f2.8 I use almost only for portraits.

Gonna give some points that could have been better - the weight - after a 2h walk you start to feel it. Focus mechanism doesn't work on my A200 , I still have to switch it on/off on camera. Flare control - the hood is a must , but the hood that comes with the lens does very good job.

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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