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02-11-2011, 11:07 AM   #1
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Tokina 28-70mm F2.6-2.8 ATX PRO

Hi folks, I've been looking at getting a more general lens to go with my current setup of Sigma 10-20, Pentax 35mm f2.4 and the Tamron 70-300, I've just about decided that picking up a Sigma 17-70 is going to be what I get but I've noticed the Tokina 28-70mm F2.6-2.8 ATX PRO lens and I had a couple of queries.

Firstly what are peoples impressions of the lens does it produce good picture quality? I noticed that the reviews over at Dyxum seem really good albeit in a Sony/Minolta mount however I imagine it would be almost the same in a Pentax Mount.

Secondly what would be a good price for this lens as I'm not sure if the vendor is charging a vastly high price or a good price.

I know that its slightly longer at the narrow end than the Sigma 17-70 I was close to ordering but it never really bothered me before when I predominantly used a Minolta 28-105 on my Sony A700.

Also I believe its built like a tank which is something that I really like in a lens (have previously had few Minolta Beercans!)

Thanks folks.

02-11-2011, 01:28 PM   #2
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the raved lenses on this forum are ...

tamron 28-75 / 2.8

sigma 24-70 / 2.8

People absolutely adore the tammy.

for an apsc sensor, however you would want to consider a 16-50 room range to be more usable as a normal walk around lens. Choices

1. pentax 16-50
2. tamron 17-50
3. sigma 17-50

there was a lens thread about the latter three .. and the OP went with the tammy.
02-11-2011, 01:59 PM   #3
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there's only one review here but check it out anyway:

Tokina AT-X Pro 28-70mm f2.6-2.8 Lens Reviews - Pentax Third-Party Lens Review Database
02-11-2011, 03:46 PM   #4
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Thanks for the link to the review, looks excellent albeit only based on one review!

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The Tokina is reportedly good. I mean the one you are looking at.
Tamron 28-75 has terrific IQ but some folks had issues with the build of the lens, Sigma 24-70 has always been considered good but big as a brick. But the 2nd version of it (HSM one) is considered to be one of the finest lenses in the class.
Back to Tokina. Have a look at, I believe they tested it for one of the mounts...
02-12-2011, 01:08 PM   #6
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Thanks again, Im going to take a look at review in other mounts to see what else people are saying about it, I think its a similar weight to the Sigma 24-70
02-12-2011, 01:15 PM   #7
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+1 for Tokina.
If you're looking at third party lenses, don't forget this one.
I have the 28-200mm f/3.5-5.3 in Pentax K mount.
I'm saving up for the 11-16mm f/2.8 in Nikon F mount.
03-11-2011, 03:15 AM   #8
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Is the lens. very strong.

03-11-2011, 09:14 AM   #9
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if you're going to use it to shot indoor or low light situation at F2.8 without flash, this lens is not a good hunt a lot in dim light and causing missfocussed (FF/BF)..

but it will work awesome with flash or in daylight/outdoor and damn sharp even at F2.8..

the color rendering and contrast is very nice..

built quality is not a build like a tank..

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