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06-17-2013, 11:20 AM   #1
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Which of the Tokina 28-70s are worth getting?

Hello all,
I have the option to locally purchase a Tokina lens labeled AT-X PRO AF 28-70 2.8. I have heard good things about Tokina lenses, in particular their AT-X PRO line, but still thought I'd "research" my options, first, only to be left utterly confused. How many versions of this lens exist, exactly?

I see two similar lenses in the database, with very differing reviews and price:None of which seem to be the lens I could buy.

I am trying to get the seller to send me a picture of the lens, but in the meanwhile... do you own any of these 3 (or are there more?) lenses? Any insight as to their differences, which is the better one?

Thank you.

06-17-2013, 12:58 PM   #2
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I had the second one of those two. Virtually unusable wide-open at 70mm I thought.
06-17-2013, 02:22 PM   #3
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I have still 28-70/2.6-2.8

It is fine lens, just don't use WO and @70mm. It is quite good, but not really that good. With bigger hood, better, stopped down it is good. Best performace between 30-60 mm. Can be used even WO.

One thing about these lenses. They are big, and heavy. Solid peace of glass, metal and plastic. When I say that, I mean it. I like that, but not when casually shooting around. Then modern lenses might be better... That said, first version is the best. You kight want to stay away from SV version. Lighter and most recent.

Look at tokina AT-X pro thread, you can see my examples at there.
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Hi,
It can be a great lens depending on version you get. Some are just Ok and other are pretty impressive.
For more information on the different versions I recommend reading: NIKON GLASS: Tokina AT-X Pro 28-70mm f/2.6-2.8.

I have a AT-X Pro I and really like it - but a better hood is essential! Yes its not small but I like the feel of it. See PF database for this version: Tokina AT-X Pro 28-70mm F2.6-2.8 Lens Reviews - Tokina Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database


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Thanks for all the replies. In particular this link, which helped me a lot figuring out which lens we are talking about, here:

QuoteOriginally posted by kiwi_jono Quote
Hi,
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For more information on the different versions I recommend reading: NIKON GLASS: Tokina AT-X Pro 28-70mm f/2.6-2.8.
[...]
Apparently it would be the Japan-only version of lens #2. (Screw on-hood, no scale window, gold ring, not SV)
The being heavy part (700g!) scares me a bit, also I was saving up for a moderate wideangle prime, which would have to wait, but the lens seems to be in good condition, and at a around $360, seems an ok deal, specially considering lenses are expensive around here. Hum...I'll have to sleep over it. Thanks again.
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The sv version is the least expensive and the cheapest in the build and optical department. I had the 2.8 non sv version and the autofocus was lightning fast on.my k5iis. It is one of the lenses I wish I would have kept

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I'd suggest the Tamron 28-75 to be honest?
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Yes, that is true.

I haven't tried This lens, but it is new, lighter, and I have seen great examples from it. It is better, for what I have seen.

I like my AT-X 270 II for that reason that it has some character(might be that I have learnt to like it). It is still so big that I don't want ot lug it around. But it is still good oldie, but If you don't get one with reasonable price, then Tammy. I like these lenses. I wan't to have even 828(80-200/2.8), when possible. I have also 235...

QuoteOriginally posted by rob1234 Quote
I'd suggest the Tamron 28-75 to be honest?


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I just got one of these, and would like a little help.
The lens has a constant aperture of 2.8, and is not a "Pro", or a "SV" marked lens.
It also has an orange ring, and I got it from Japan.

It wasn't packed very well; it was moving around the box. The zoom ring action isn't smooth; there's more resistance at one end.
I've heard great reviews about the lens' workmanship and think the action should be more fluid. Am I right?
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Atleast my 28-70 is really fluid. There is some issued with 20-35 pro zoom, but it is for whole zoom range.

That does not sound right.

My vers. Is 28-70/2.6-2.8. And it has label PRO on it. SV vers. Does not have SV marked on it...so it might be that..?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Tighelander Quote
The lens has a constant aperture of 2.8, and is not a "Pro", or a "SV" marked lens.
It also has an orange ring, and I got it from Japan.
You have the predecessor to the f/2.6-2.8 (and later) versions of the lens. Websites have stated that f2.6-2.8 and later versions are based on a licensed Angenieux formula and have non-rotating 77mm filter ring, whereas the earlier one has a 72mm rotating filter ring and an optical formula presumably created by Tokina.
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Get the 28-70 f/2.6-2.8 version. There are 2 verion of it, one with rounded hood and one with flower hood, they are both good.
You can also get the 28-80 f/2.8, but not the 28-70/2.8
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I'm sending the lens back. I don't know why I pulled the trigger on this one. I forgot that I read this one is really soft wide open at 70mm. It doesn't seem to excel anywhere. The price I paid would have been okay for the "Pro" lens, but not for this one. I think I'll just get the Tamron 28-75mm SP.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Tighelander Quote
I'm sending the lens back. I don't know why I pulled the trigger on this one. I forgot that I read this one is really soft wide open at 70mm. It doesn't seem to excel anywhere. The price I paid would have been okay for the "Pro" lens, but not for this one. I think I'll just get the Tamron 28-75mm SP.
QuoteOriginally posted by rob1234 Quote
I had the second one of those two. Virtually unusable wide-open at 70mm I thought.
I got rid of mine too!
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