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LENS PORN: Tokina AF 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5 Macro SD

Tokina AF 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5 Macro SD
Tokina AF 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5 Macro SD



AF lenses started to appear in the mid-1980s. The serial number on my copy says it was made in 1987. By then, lenses have already improved their optics very much that the standards have gone higher. This lens is one of them.

The Tokina AF 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5 Macro SD, looks like a good spec for a tiny kit lens! This is an AF version (I also have the manual version). My copy comes in Minolta/Sony A mount. Since my only camera is a Nikon D5200, I can only use freelensing to shoot samples with it, and only macros.

From my first impressions, the serial number shows it was made in 1987. It is sharp, has good contrast and has vivid colors at f/3.5. Then it has a bonus macro feature at 70mm.

The only one thing that's not desirable about this AF lens is... well, it's an AF lens, so the creators obviously thought that users by then don't need manual focus anymore. As you can see in its design, the focus ring is so tiny, and the glossy slippery texture of the ring makes it difficult to grip.

Comparison: I also have the manual version, the serial number says it was made in 1986. So they're just one year apart. Everything seems to be identical... the coating, optical formula, the minimum focusing distance, macro at 70mm. Image quality is also the same. The only real difference is that one is manual and the other is AF. The manual version remains a classic among the two versions and I'd go for it than the AF version.

Tokina 28-70mm f/3.5/4.5 Macro SD

Focal Range:
28-70mm

Focus Throw:
90 degrees

Minimum Focusing Distance:
0.7 meters (normal mode)

Macro Mode at 70mm

Filter Thread Size:
52mm

Made in Japan




Tokina AF 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5 Macro SD






Tokina AF 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5 Macro SD
Left: Manual version
Right: AF version

Tokina AF 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5 Macro SD

Tokina AF 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5 Macro SD

Tokina AF 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5 Macro SD

Tokina AF 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5 Macro SD

Tokina AF 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5 Macro SD

Tokina AF 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5 Macro SD

Tokina AF 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5 Macro SD

Tokina AF 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5 Macro SD

Tokina AF 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5 Macro SD

Tokina AF 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5 Macro SD

Tokina AF 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5 Macro SD

Tokina AF 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5 Macro SD

Tokina AF 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5 Macro SD

Tokina AF 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5 Macro SD

Tokina AF 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5 Macro SD

Tokina AF 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5 Macro SD

Tokina AF 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5 Macro SD


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