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

reviews found: 19   
reviewer#44123 date: Aug-25-2018
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.6
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Sony DT 16-50 F2.8 SSM
Sony CZ 16-80 F3.5-4.5 DT
Tamron SP 17-50 F2.8
Minolta AF 24-50 F4
Minolta AF 24-85 F3.5-4.5/RS
Minolta AF 24-105 F3.5-4.5 D
Sony 28-75 F2.8 SAM
Tamron SP 28-75mm F2.8 XR Di
Minolta AF 28-85 F3.5-4.5
Minolta AF 28-105 F3.5-4.5/RS/Xi
Minolta AF 28-135 F4-4.5
Sigma AF 28-105 F2.8-4
price paid:123 USD (used)
positive:Pretty sharp wide-open
Minolta/Sony zoom and focus direction
negative:Large and heavy
Tokina glow/low contrast
Long wide end
Cheap, heavy metal build
External focus and zoom
Uneven zoom mechanism
Noisy mechanical focus
77 mm filter size
Very large hood diameter
comment:According to Tokina this lens was developed after Tokina was absorbed by Kenko in the mid 1990's thus predating Minolta and Sony digital SLRs. The slightly smaller/lighter 28-70mm F2.6-2.8 AT-X 270 Pro II was sold alongside this lens. "JAPAN"

This lens borrows the lens ID of the Minolta AF 28-85mm F3.5-4.5.

Like other Tokina zooms this is an external front focus and extending zoom. The front element is most retracted at 50 mm and infinity focus and most extended at 28 mm and closest focus. The outer barrel of the body and the stationary filter threads reach slightly beyond the fully extended front element.

Despite the 77 mm filter size, the front element looks lightly smaller than the one on the 67 mm filter thread Tamron 28-75mm F2.8. The Tamron retracted looks considerably smaller, but actually extends a bit longer at 75 mm.

The mid-range Minolta AF zooms arguably have better image quality at the same aperture settings with better contrast and flare control. The Tokina glow/lack of contrast doesn't go away even when stopped down. I can't see any visible haze or fungus on the lens elements.
reviewer#44122 date: Aug-25-2018
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.6
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Sony DT 16-50 F2.8 SSM
Sony CZ 16-80 F3.5-4.5 DT
Tamron SP 17-50 F2.8
Minolta AF 24-50 F4
Minolta AF 24-85 F3.5-4.5/RS
Minolta AF 24-105 F3.5-4.5 D
Sony 28-75 F2.8 SAM
Tamron SP 28-75mm F2.8 XR Di
Minolta AF 28-85 F3.5-4.5
Minolta AF 28-105 F3.5-4.5/RS/Xi
Minolta AF 28-135 F4-4.5
Sigma AF 28-105 F2.8-4
price paid:123 USD (used)
positive:Pretty sharp wide-open
Minolta/Sony zoom and focus direction
negative:Large and heavy
Tokina glow/low contrast
Long wide end
Cheap, heavy metal build
External focus and zoom
Uneven zoom mechanism
Noisy mechanical focus
77 mm filter size
Large diameter hood
comment:According to Tokina this lens was developed after Tokina was absorbed by Kenko in the mid 1990's and predated Minolta and Sony digital SLRs. The slightly smaller/lighter 28-70mm F2.6-2.8 AT-X 270 Pro II was sold alongside this lens. "JAPAN"

This lens borrows the lens ID of the Minolta AF 28-85mm F3.5-4.5.

Like other Tokina zooms this is an external front focus and extending zoom. The front element is most retracted at 50 mm and infinity focus and most extended at 28 mm and closest focus. The outer barrel of the body and the stationary filter threads reach slightly beyond the fully extended front element.

Despite the 77 mm filter size, the front element looks lightly smaller than the one on the 67 mm filter thread Tamron 28-75mm F2.8. The Tamron retracted looks considerably smaller, but actually extends a bit longer at 75 mm. The Tamron has better contrast and sharpness.

The mid-range Minolta AF zooms arguably have better image quality at the same aperture settings with better contrast and flare control. The Tokina glow/lack of contrast doesn't go away even when stopped down. I can't see any visible haze or fungus on the lens elements.
reviewer#9981 date: Feb-28-2012
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
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 28-75
price paid:180GBP
positive:Great colors and bokeh.
Fast focusing.
Pro feel and look
negative:Softness at 2.8
comment:It depends how much you pay for this lens. If bought cheaply it deserves only 5's. Otherwise 3.5's.

Pleasant colors, bokeh, feel and look.
2.8 sharpness is acceptable for portraits.
4.0 - much better.

Buy this lens if it can be found cheap.
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
positive:+Sharp
+MFD evolved from 28-70
+Focus clutch evolved from 28-70
+Tank build
+Bokeh (base on me)
negative:-Lower contrast when wide open
-Heavy
-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

http://www.fotorelax.com/forum/index.php?topic=8748.0

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.
reviewer#7885 date: Aug-27-2010
sharpness: 3
color: 3
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 1
overall: 3.2
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Sony 50 1.4
Tamron 17-50 2.8
Sony 70-300G
Minolta 135 2.8
Beercan
price paid:250€ mint
positive:Solid, good accesories (box, hood...), very good AF, soft bokeh, good f4.
negative:Heavy. Very strong CA. Soft 2.8, ok for portraits, but soft.
comment:Soft 2.8, good f4 and very good 5.6. Low contrast and sometimes really big problems with CA at 2.8.

The AF works very well in A700, is heavy and very well made.
reviewer#7847 date: Aug-23-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4
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:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:looks like an all metal construction, good!
fast autofocus!
nice bokeh
neutral colors!
great sharpness at 28mm
good sharpness at 80mm
negative:I haven't really experienced any yet.
comment:Hi, I bought this for my new sony a850, I was looking for a relatively cheap mid-zoom, I looked around and then I found this tokina, what i was looking for were build quality and af speed, this tokina has got them! plus the colors are neutral and sharpness is ok throughout the range once calibrated with my in camera autofocus(I like this feature on the a850).
very nice lens,very good price, now I'll wait to make some money and eventually upgrade to the sony cz 24-70mm.
reviewer#7427 date: May-11-2010
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 own this lens
compared to:Sigma 24-70
price paid:315.00 USD (used)
positive:Built very well, Looks professional, Easy to manual focus, Very sharp when stopped down, Over all a great lens for the price.
negative:Soft at 2.8, CA at 2.8
comment:I love the way this lens is built and looks on the camera. It focuses very fast to me but I have never owned a Zeiss to compare. I haven't had any issues with focus. It actually works better than the Sigma 24-70. The lens is a little heavy when you carry it around for a while. It is a very sharp lens at all f stops except 2.8. At 2.8 it is soft and gives your photos a dreamy effect. It's like you put a soft focus filter on it. But if you stop down, WHOA! It is razor sharp! It controls flare and CA's pretty well. I've only noticed it has a little at f/2.8. For the price I paid, it is a great lens. I will be using it on my a700 most of the time. I give it a 9 out of 10! It would be a 10 if it didn't have soft focus at 2.8. It also has a nice petal lens hood that allows you to put the lens cap on the lens while it is in place. I recommend it!
reviewer#6977 date: Feb-28-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
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:
missing
price paid:470 USD (used)
positive:Built like a tank
Huge and heavy
Creamy bokeh
Rather sharp
Good colours
negative:A little soft at f2.8
CA
comment:
missing
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.
reviewer#5923 date: Aug-28-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.2
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:Minolta G 28-70mm 2.8
Tamron SP 28-75mm 2.8
price paid:260 USD (used)
positive:First-rate build quality
Internal zooming
Unbeatable value
Nice color and bokeh
Adequately sharp (for me)
negative:Soft wide open
Prone to flare
Not a D-lens (5-contacts)
comment:This lens replaced my old time favorite Minolta G 28-70mm on a A700 body and I have always been pleased with the results. The Tokina costs me 1/4 the price of a used Minolta equivalent and, to my untrained eyes, produces color and sharpness as nice as the G lens. Build quality is up to par with the OEM lens and I love the internal zooming design. I used to own a Tamron 28-75/2.8 but really did not like the extended barrel at the tele end. It just make the lens look "amateur-ish" plus introduces play in the barrel mechanism. I also like the color and bokeh this lens produces, which is unusual for a low cost zoom with aspherical optics. Two major downsides, though, are flare and sharpness at F2.8. To me, flaring presents a bigger problem since it cannot be corrected by PhotoShop. The often quoted "halo" or "hazing" effect at F2.8 can partially be suppressed using USM with large pixel radius. Plus I mainly use the lens in studio with strobes so wide-open sharpness is not critical to me. The Tamron 28-75mm seems to be better wide open but the difference is not that great.
reviewer#4817 date: Feb-6-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.2
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Sigma 28-70 F2.8 EX
Minolta 28-75mmD
price paid:about US$350 new
positive:Good colour and build
negative:Flare control
Not sharp wide open
comment:I was a little disapointed in this lens, when used on digital. Just didnt seem to produce pictures as sharp as the Sigma or Minolta lenses listed above, but its colours was a bit better than the sigma.

Stopped down beyond f4 it starts to do well in sharpness, but it does have some issues with flare.
reviewer#4412 date: Nov-20-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.2
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:
missing
price paid:Ł300 (new)
positive:Build quality.
Fast.
negative:CAs, when wide open.
Soft, when wide open.
Discontinued.
Not the best flare control.
comment:I have used this lens on film, A100 + A900. All in all, I'm very pleased with the results.
Although the lens is fairly sharp, it is not supersharp (such as the 24-70/2.8 Carl Zeiss). However, considering the low cost of this lens (used), it is one of the best alternatives out there.
If you re not used to the build quality of Tokina's AT-X Pro series, you will be positively surprised.


reviewer#2773 date: Sep-24-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.4
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta AF DT 18-70 F3.5-5.6 D
Sigma - 28-70 F2.8-4 High Speed Zoom
price paid:400 USD (used)
positive:Very sharp.
Very Fast.
Well build (like a tank).
negative:On my camera is overexposure.
comment:It's a very good lens, when you see for the first time you'll make a big "wooow" :). It's soft at F2.8, from F4 it will become sharp and at F8 is very sharp. On may camera it's overexposure but if I compensate 2 step I make very good pictures. But from the time I bought this lens is my favorites one, if you learn "his tips" you'll make great pictures.
reviewer#1641 date: Jan-12-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.2
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:28-70 f2.6-2.8
24-85
price paid:Ł180 new
positive:- Solid build
- Fast
- Good value
- Great handling
- Non-rotating filter
negative:- Soft wide open
- Heavy
comment:This is a big heavy lens, feels very solid and the control rings have a great feel, well damped and smooth like an old MF lens - handling is a big plus for this lens.
This range isn't so good on an APS-C DSLR so I haven't used it much on digital.

However I feel it's a good performer optically, certainly when stopped down. It's soft wide open but this can sometimes be desirable. Stop down beyond f4 and it's very sharp, capable of resolving very fine detail on film.

I usually shoot @f8 or 11, chromatic aberration is well controlled. I don't shoot brick walls, so I can't really judge distortion, but I never noticed anything intrusive.

Comes with a big petal lens hood, which I always use as it can flare easily.
reviewer#1619 date: Jan-6-2007
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:35-70/f4
18-70kit
KM28-70
price paid:
missing
positive:- build like a .. tank %)
- colours
- af/mf switch
negative:- a bit soft
comment:Very nice lens . Soft at 2.8 (for me - its good - i dont like too much sharp) , but - its fast , has very good build quality , and - i can use manual focus with lens (very nice focusing ring) . My wife says - its too heavy , but for me - not a big problem .
reviewer#1118 date: Aug-25-2006
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:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:- build quality
- colours
- focus-clutch mechanism
- second hand price
negative:- flare
- heavy
comment:This lens is a bit soft wide open (great for portraits), but sharp when closed down to about f4.5 or more. When using flash wide open it produces a light blurry glow around bright surfaces, which gives the picture a dreamy effect. It has some issues with flare though. Great colours!

Great lens IMHO! You have to learn about it's characteristics, but when you do, it gives you what you want.
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:
missing
price paid:
missing
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
problems.
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
clouds.

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...
reviewer#445 date: Jan-24-2006
sharpness: 3.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 2
overall: 4.1
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:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:Great Build Quality
Very reliable.
Good color
Good distortion
negative:Poor Flare Control
Not as sharp as I would like.
Not as usefull range on 7D
comment:It is my "main" lens in that 75% of my images are taken with it. This is well build but is not as sharp as I would like. It *can* be sharp, sometimes I view a photo taken with it and am surprised that it is actually sharper then expected, but usually I find the results too soft. The flare on this lens is not well controlled and often is in the form of an ugly mis-shapened blob. This seems to only be present in photos with a strong /small source of light.
The 35mm equivelent range is 42-120mm so I find the range less usefull on my 7D then I did on my 9.
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:
missing
price paid:
missing
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.
reviews found: 19   

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

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