Tokina AT-X 280 AF PRO 28-80mm f/2.8

Last updated (19 August’10):
– Review by Nikonians

The Tokina AT-X 280 AF PRO 28-80mm f/2.8 features 50mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/2.8. The lens construction has 16 elements in 12 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 75° 20’. Closest focusing distance at 1.6 ft. (0.5m) and has a filter size of 77mm. The Tokina AT-X 280 AF PRO 28-80mm f/2.8 lens weighs 819g (28.6oz) and it measures 84mm (3.3″) in diameter and 120mm (4.5″) long.

Overall Rating: ★★★★★ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Tokina AT-X 280 AF PRO 28-80mm f/2.8 Reviews

Nikonians reviews the Tokina AT-X 280 AF PRO 28-80mm f/2.8 and writes;
“This use of HDL or aspherical and SD elements helps produce extremely sharp photos with great contrast, especially in the F5.6 to F16 range, and F22 is darn good too. Flaring has not been a problem with either lens, primarily due to the multicoating, I believe..”
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Shutterbug reviews the Tokina AT-X 280 AF PRO 28-80mm f/2.8 and writes;
“Its superb performance, rugged construction, and wide maximum aperture definitely warrant the extra cost for those who demand the finest quality and want a “fast” problem-solving lens as well. As the only 28-80mm f/2.8 AF zoom (at the time of this writing) it’s more versatile than the 28-70mm models, with the extra 10mm making it useful as a portrait lens..”
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User Opinions

Tokina AT-X 280 AF PRO 28-80mm f/2.8 User Reviews

Solid lens., | Rating: ★★★★★
“I have this lens with my 20d and i get great results. This lens has standart zoom range and half the price of Canon’s 28-80. I get great pictures with creat colors and 2.8 constant is great for low light photography. Another great thing about this lens is that the focusing ring takes a second to switch from AF to MF just by pushing it front or back. There is just one thing that could be bettter about this lens and its performance in low light. Even though the colors are great the AF does give sharp pictures. The solid construction (metal body) makes it withstand the abuse that lenses get if you like to take nature pictures. Great leans for the money, deff recomend. “ – by Dmitriy Doktorovich

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Features & Specifications

Tokina AT-X 280 AF PRO 28-80mm f/2.8 Specifications

You asked, we listened. You asked for lighter weight in the lens that you used most often, yet you wanted the same famous AT-X quality and durability. Tokina’s answer is the AT-X 280 AF PRO. To maintain strength, duraluminum alloy and a chrome plate brass mount plate was used as its foundation. Then modern composite material formed the outer barrels, focus and zoom rings. This result was a lens that weighed less than its predecessor, but maintained AT-X quality.

SD glass, and inclusion of an all glass molded aspherical element in its two aspheric optical design completely corrects all aberrations, providing high contrast and sharpness right to the edges. The minimum focus distance is just 19.7 inches (50 cm) throughout the entire zoom range, which allows close up shots at a magnification of 1:5 at the 80 mm setting.

Tokina has sped up auto focus and improved handling by incorporating a One-Touch Focus Clutch Mechanism which allows the focus ring to be moved from AF to manual focus with just a quick snap movement of the manual focus ring. No other AF/manual switches on the camera or lens need to be set.

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