Tokina 28-70mm f/2.8 AT-X AF vs AT-X PRO 28-80mm 1:2.8 280 AF. Compare Test

Tokina 28-70mm f/2.8 AT-X AF vs AT-X PRO 28-80mm 1:2.8 280 AF. Compare Test








Tristan's picture
Thanks for the article. I just wanted to point out a small correction; the Tokina 28-70mm f2.8 AT-X with a 72mm filter thread is not derived from the Angenieux design. It was the next two generations of that lens ATX- Pro I, and AT-X Pro II (both with 77mm filters) that was based on the French design and far superior optics. And the ones sold outside of Japan were labelled f2.6-2.8. I'd love to see this test again using one of those two lenses.
Photopolitan 's picture
Hi all. Interesting read. I have both Tokina AT-X Pro's 28-70mm F2.6-2.8 and 28-80 2.8. Both use the Clutch MF/AF machanism. Both take a 77mm filter. The main difference are: the 28-70mm does not have a apature Ring settings (Minolta/Sony AF mount) and does not have a Focus-scale window. And of which is one is Sharper? I need to do some comparison test. Both are on APS-sized sensor Cameras: Sony alpha 350 (27-70) and Fuji x-m1 (28-80) 14mp and 16mp respectivley. Probably the 28-70mm is Sharper.
Arnold 's picture
The Tokina AT-X 28-70mm f2.8 you are testing is not based on the Anginieux design. The next version with the 77mm filter thread, sold in the USA as AT-X 28-70 f2.6-2.8, and, AT-X 28-70 f2.8 PRO in Japan, and, the Pro II are based on the Angenieux design. Please correct your blog as you are promoting misinformation.
M.D.'s picture
Thamks for comparison! All fast Tokina 28-70 versions lack contrast and sharpness close MFD wide open between 50 and 70 mm, but improve a lot at f/3.2-3.5 already. Much confusion still out there about different 28-70 versions. I owned and serviced them all, and guess what you find inside? ALL four versions with MFD 0.7 m (the above AT-X 2.8; AT-X 2.6~2.8 Pro I & Pro II; AT-X 2.8 Pro SV) share exactly the same famous Angenieux lens design! Sorry to end all rumours about that... Disbelievers: buy a set of screwdrivers and find out for yourself ;-) Differences: housing/build quality (72 -> 77mm thread & hood due to pseudo-IF), AF/MF-clutch, lens coating. The latter is best on the last version, the Pro SV. Highly regarded "foMag" test results (max. 10 pts opt./mech.) - for 35mm film, of course: Pro II: 9.0/9.2 (Feb. 1996) Pro SV: 9.2/9.4 (Okt. 2002) -> Pro SV compared to the Angenieux design:
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M.D.'s picture
Angenieux 28-70/2.6~2.8
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