Tokina AT-X PRO 28-80 mm 1:2.8 280 AF Review
Tokina AT-X PRO 28-80 mm 1:2.8 280 AF is a fast autofocus zoom lens for full frame 35mm cameras. Is a modification of an earlier lens Tokina 28-70mm f / 2.8 AT-X AF, which was prroduced according to Angenieux patent.
Produced since 2000 for different systems, currently out of production. In this review, version for cameras Nikon.
Tokina AT-X PRO 28-80 mm 1:2.8 280 AF Specs
Focal length: 28-80mm
Aperture: f/ 2.8 — f/ 22
Weight (gr): 820
Length (mm): 135
Filter Ø (mm.): 77
Aperture blades: 8
Min. Focus distance (m.): 0.5
Handling and Mechanics
The lens has a good build quality. All lenses Tokina Series AT-X PRO has an excellent constructive. Lens dimensions impressive. On the camera looks very seriously.
On the barrel has 2 rings. With straight serif front of the lens - focus ring. With oblique, close to the camera - the zoom ring. Filter diameter 77mm - professional lens diameter.
The side of the barrel has a window with a distance scale. Near of the mount has a ring with the aperture value. Control aperture you can control from the camera and manually. So that the camera seen in the lens, it is necessary to set the aperture ring is set to 22. Front have a special mount for the lens hood. The kit comes with the lens hood BH-775.
Where 77 is the diameter of the lens barrel, and 5 is the depth of the hood in millimeters. The lens is pleasant to the touch, and it is convenient to use the camera.
Focusing and zooming
The lens has an internal focus, by focusing lens length does not change. Also, the length remains constant when zooming. While focusing, the front lens does not rotate, allowing you to keep shooting gradient filters, petal flower hood etc. All these features are a sign of constructive professional lens. No wonder the series is called AT-X PRO. Focusing is automatically (screwdriver mechanism), and manually.
The autofocus works only on older models Nikon, who have focusing motor. On the low models, autofocus will not work. Switch between automatic and manual focusing is performed by One Touch Focus Clutch Mechanism, it is convenient. The focus ring is rotated by 90 degrees. The autofocus works quite well. MDF lens is 0.5 m. It's not much.
Tokina AT-X PRO 28-80 mm 1:2.8 280 AF Sample Photos
All of the examples shot on Nikon D3100 DX camera. RAW export, without postprocessing.
At Aperture f / 2,8 lens is sharp in the range of 28-50mm. Further is a small soft. Therefore, to shoot at aperture f/ 2.8 in the range of 50-80mm, it is necessary to get used to the lens.
28 mm f / 2.8 Example of sharpness at infinity
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80 mm f / 2.8. Sharpness at close focus
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Soft completely lost since the aperture f / 4. However, further close the aperture, the lens has a soft character. This is good for shooting people. With this lens portraits are never restrictive.
Character and Bokeh
The lens has an own individual character, and this attracts many photographers.
80mm f/ 2.8
Many photographers naming this soft-effect as a «Tokina Glow». It is observed in some fast zoom lenses Tokina. Due to the spherical aberrations in the open aperture, sharpness and contrast are muted. The character is soft.
80 mm f / 2.8 “Tokina Glow” Example
80mm f/ 2.8 Bokeh is very nice, especially at the far end of the zoom.
28mm f/ 2.8 flashlight
Contrast and Color Rendition
The lens has a warm tone and portrait photographers love it.
80 mm f / 2.8
Backlight from the window and a small drop of contrast
The colors are bright, vivid, lively, but after the 50 mm focal length can be seen falling contrast backlit.
55 mm f / 2.8 strong backlighting. Significant drop in contrast and flare Lens have a good contrastl, but still afraid of direct light.
Tokina AT-X PRO 28-80 mm 1: 2.8 280 AF is a zoom lens with an constant aperture 1: 2.8. Very nice constructive simply fall in love with. But the lens have specificall character, and the need to get used to it. If you want to zoom, better than a kit lens for a reasonable price, this this lens is well. But if you counting pixels and love sharpness, the lens may not like you, due the soft effect. Also, do not forget that at the ASP/C sensor cameras 28 mm is not so wide angle. See also the Tokina 28-70mm f/2.8 AT-X AF vs AT-X PRO 28-80mm 1:2.8 280 AF. Compare Test