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Tokina AT-X PRO AF-II 28-70 mm f/2.6-2.8

Manufacturer Tokina
Model AT-X PRO AF-II 28-70 mm f/2.6-2.8
Lens style Universal zoom
Focal length 28 - 70 mm
Maximum aperture f/2.6 - 2.8
Angle of view 75.4 - 34.3 o
Closest focusing distance 0.7 m
Maximum magnification 9
Minimum aperture 22
Number of diaphragm blades 8
Auto focus type
Lens Construction 16 elements / 12 groups
Filter diameter 77 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Canon EF
Nikon F
Sony A / Minolta
Dimensions 109.5 x 79.5 mm
Weight 760 g
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Average rating (5 owners reviews)
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4.67 Good
Owners reviews (5)
  1. Peter
    Peter 7 May 2015, 00:50
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    IP 98.255.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: 250
    User profile: Professional

    Cons: Difficult to find a good copy without centering issues.

    Pros: Sharp, cinematic image quality. Good mechanics, parfocal design suitable for filmmaking/video use. Inexpensive.

    Summary: This is an extraordinary lens, which we use both for photography and filmmaking. For the latter it is unmatched as the best cine zoom below 19K. Originally designed in the 1980s by the French cinema lens manufacturer Angenieux, the optical design was later licensed to Tokina for mass production in the 1990s. Sharpness is good wide open and great by 5.6 with a cinematic image quality to the rendering and colors, virtually no breathing in the focus, parfocal performance when zooming, and good mechanics which are smooth and damped (decent focus path for pulling focus and a linear zoom action). Providing you have the time and patience to track down a good copy (many have some centering issues) either the Version I or II is excellent. I have found this lens to outperform the much more expensive Nikon AF-S (except in terms of absolute sharpness). It is very inexpensive, fairly lightweight (at around 750 grams) but difficult to find. It can also be adapted to a variety of mirrorless mounts or used with a Speed Booster for low light. Highly recommended!

  2. joe
    joe 5 April 2013, 23:35
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    IP 2.171.x.x
    Owner since: 7 years
    Price: 120
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: my sample has strong chromatic aberations, not to eleminate, even stopped down. not really sharp in the corners, perhaps default in fabrication?

    Pros: good colours, in the centre sharp, suitable for low light

    Summary: acceptable - good sharpness

  3. Hasgarn
    Hasgarn 14 June 2012, 11:39
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    IP 31.32.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: 390€
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: f/2.8 really soft, manual focus not easy to set

    Pros: f/5.6 sharp, build like a tank (astonishing) precise AF motor, acurate, good bokeh

    Summary: Old, yes but still a wonderful lense

  4. archibal
    archibal 20 October 2010, 00:22
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    IP 95.69.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    Price: €150
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Heavy, old noisy focus system, fast but not as canon USM

    Pros: It is extremely sharp in all situations. Mine is the Japanese version 3 (screw lens hood and just at-x pro 2,8). Af is good. Not very fast but very accurate. Internal focus, internal zoom, very solid body.

    Summary: Very durable lens with excellent performance. I never had a bad picture when it was in use. It is not sufficient wide for digital bodies (1,6x) and normally it is heavier than the camera body. It is still my favourite lens.

  5. Mourot
    Mourot 23 September 2010, 14:31
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    IP 88.167.x.x
    Owner since: 7 years
    Price: 500 euros
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Low contrast fully open and edge sofness at 28mm f/2,8

    Pros: Splendid and solid metal "armalite" build. Very good sharpness all over the range at f/4 and over Good for portrait at 70mm f/2,8

    Summary: Real Pro standard zoom

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