Tokina 28-80mm F2.8 AT-X 280 AF PRO A-mount lens review by DynarX64

reviewer#9252 date: Jul-23-2011
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:-Tokina AT-X 270 AF
-Tokina AT-X 270 Pro AF
-Tokina AT-X 270 Pro II AF
-KM 28-75/2.8
price paid:9900 Bht , ~3XX USD
+MFD evolved from 28-70
+Focus clutch evolved from 28-70
+Tank build
+Bokeh (base on me)
negative:-Lower contrast when wide open
-Less sharp compare to 28-70
-Bokeh (base on anyone else)
comment:Nice lense, more versatile and funny to use than all my possesed Tokina 28-70/2.8.

MFD is 50cm , more useful than 28-70 at 70cm

Comparing to 28-70/2.8 , I like this lens more than 28-70 even it is more expensive (but not 28-70 price up due to Anginieux fever, price is very close , sometimes , 28-70 is more expensive) and less sharpness.

Bokeh is very weird, but in the same way as AT-X 235 Pro (20-35/2.8)

You can see all my test result comparing to Tokina 28-70 AT-X 270 Pro I at this site

it is the head to head comparison.

ps. I used to own almost the bright normal zoom of Tokina (all model , except Pro SV) This AT-X 280 may not be the best but it is I like the most.

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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