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REVIEW: Tokina Wide-Auto 28mm f/2.8

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Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2012-10-25
(updated 2014-01-26)


Tokina Wide-Auto 28mm f/2.8

Specs:

Focal length:
28mm
Weight:
245g
Aperture:
f/2.8 to f/16
8 bladed aperure
Auto & Manual
Mount:
M42
Closest Focus:
0.45m (1.5ft)
Covers:
Standard 35mm film size
(24×36 mm negative)


Later version
Tokina Wide-Auto 28mm f/2.8

Slight difference with this later model.
Rubber grip on the focus ring and it has a more normal switch between A or M aperture.
I can focus down to 0.3m (1ft)
Weight is 250g
Seems to be the exact lens optical and I can't see any difference in image quality.


Image quality


Analogue B&W film
Tokina Wide-Auto
                            28mm f/2.8
Download full size image. Here (up to 5mb)
f/2.8 - f/4 - f/5.6 - f/8 - f/11 - f/16

Bokeh
Good.
Tokina
                                                      Wide-Auto 28mm
                                                      f/2.8
Tokina
                                                          Wide-Auto 28mm
                                                          f/2.8


Digital
Tokina
                                                          Wide-Auto 28mm
                                                          f/2.8
Download full size image. Here (up to 5mb)
f/2.8 - f/4 - f/5.6 - f/8 - f/11 - f/16

Bokeh
Tokina
                                                          Wide-Auto 28mm
                                                          f/2.8
Tokina
                                                          Wide-Auto 28mm
                                                          f/2.8

Flare
Tokina
                                                          Wide-Auto 28mm
                                                          f/2.8
Tokina
                                                          Wide-Auto 28mm
                                                          f/2.8


Extra Sample
Tokina
                                                          Wide-Auto 28mm
                                                          f/2.8
Tokina
                                                          Wide-Auto 28mm
                                                          f/2.8
Tokina
                                                          Wide-Auto 28mm
                                                          f/2.8
Tokina
                                                          Wide-Auto 28mm
                                                          f/2.8
Tokina
                                                          Wide-Auto 28mm
                                                          f/2.8
Tokina
                                                          Wide-Auto 28mm
                                                          f/2.8

Extra Sample (later ver)
Tokina
                                                          Wide-Auto 28mm
                                                          f/2.8
Tokina
                                                          Wide-Auto 28mm
                                                          f/2.8
Tokina
                                                          Wide-Auto 28mm
                                                          f/2.8
Tokina
                                                          Wide-Auto 28mm
                                                          f/2.8
Tokina
                                                          Wide-Auto 28mm
                                                          f/2.8
Tokina
                                                          Wide-Auto 28mm
                                                          f/2.8
Tokina
                                                          Wide-Auto 28mm
                                                          f/2.8
Tokina
                                                          Wide-Auto 28mm
                                                          f/2.8
Tokina
                                                          Wide-Auto 28mm
                                                          f/2.8
Tokina
                                                          Wide-Auto 28mm
                                                          f/2.8



More sample images can be found at:
http://www.sample-image.com/tokina-wide-auto-28mm-f2-8/



Filming
Tokina Wide-Auto 28mm
                                            f/2.8

Build quality

Very good and solid.


Conclusion

A lens that is nicely built and renders quite well.
Wide open has some glow and the center sharpness is okay but not great and gets quite fast soft towards the corners.
But stop it down a little and it's nice and sharp.
Bokeh and flares also looks fairly good.

One thing I don't like about the construction of the older version A - M aperture setting ring.
This is placed just under the aperture ring so it's very easy to change this by accident when you turn the aperture ring.
This is changed for the better on the newer ver which has a more normal switch that are not as easy to change by accident.

Thumbs up:
Bokeh & Flare
Build quality


Thumbs down:
Corner softness
A - M aperture setting ring
(Older ver)
Fokus down to 0.45m (1.5ft) (Older ver)



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Tokina Wide-Auto 28mm f/2.8

Technical Info
Scanner: Plustek OpticFilm 7600i
Film: Rollei RPX 100
Developer: Kodak D76

Digital
Canon 500D with lens mount adapter
Auto White Balance and ISO 100

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