Tokina 17mm F3.5 AT-X 17 AF PRO A-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 9   
reviewer#12026 date: Nov-7-2014
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Nothing really, I have never had a lens this wide on full frame or film.
price paid:$250 USD
positive:Sharp
Solid Build
negative:Flare
comment:Fairly sharp, really well built lens. Beautiful color, a little prone to flare.

All in all it is a wonderful lens that I highly recommend.

Edit: Got to spend a bit more time with this lens and have reduced my sharpness rating, everything else remains the same.
reviewer#11530 date: Dec-7-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 16mm fisheye
Minolta 35mm f2
Sony ZA 50mm f1.4 Planar
Minolta 50mm f1.7
Minolta 85mm f1.4
Minolta 100mm f2.8 macro RS
price paid:$390.00 New
positive:Build, Color, Sharp
negative:None
comment:This is a excellent ultra wide lens, this lens covers everything in a ultra wide lens on a full frame camera, its a unbelievable value for a lens of this kind of ability, its solid all across the board with no weakness, plan on spending $1000.00 plus to find a better lens.
reviewer#10342 date: Jun-29-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 17-50 2.8
Minolta 50 1.4
price paid:220 Euro
positive:Great build, solid as a rock, still light
Good balance with camera body
Great sharpness and color
negative:Not easy to screw hood backwards onto the lens
comment:This is a fanatastic lens. It produces great colors, is reasonable sharp at f/3.5, very sharp from f/5. It looks and feels great mounted onto a camera body. The speed of auto focus is great for this kind of lens.

Only thing to complain is the hood, when you try to screw it onto lens backwards. I usally need two or three tries to get it done.
reviewer#6897 date: Feb-10-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharp, built well, great overall lens
negative:Chromatic aberration
comment:Great lens, worth every dollar I spent, though CA can get really bad when shooting into trees on bright days
reviewer#5769 date: Jul-27-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta AF16 (Fish Eye)
Quantaray/Sigma 24 Ultra Wide II
Minolta AF28
Minolta AF50
Sigma AF10-20
Minolta AF28-135
price paid:
missing
positive:Very sharp
High resolution
Good color
Good contrast
Low distortion
Build like a tank
negative:Rare to find
comment:After my very positive experiences with the Tokina ATX 20-35 Pro zoom lens, I bought the 17mm Tokina prime also in the Pro version.

The Tokina ATX 17 Pro is an excellent performer - it is razor sharp (at least as sharp as the Minolta AF50, but with a much more usable angle also on APS-C), provides a very high resolution, good contrast and good saturation in colors. Distortion is very low for an ultra wide lens (in fact even better or at least on-par with newer ultra wides).

On APS-C this lens is much better than the Minolta AF16 (which however still is fun to use).

Flare control is okay for an ultra wide. It is easy to see flares in the view finder, so I give the lens a high rating also in flare control.

As most lenses it is not perfect wide open, but the degradation of IQ is in fact marginable. It performs much better than the Sigma AF10-20 (that is a modern design). I have shot very good images at ISO400 inside Churches in low light - and the images remain very sharp with good contrast and color even wide open.

Can be recommended without any reservation.
reviewer#5195 date: Apr-9-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta AF 28 f/2,8
Minolta AF 50 f/1,7
price paid:64 Euro
positive:Sharp
well built
negative:some slight distortion
heavy
man
comment:I really got a cheap used lense in acceptable condition. It is really good for wide angle shots, the iq is good. But it has some slight distortion on horizontal lines that can be noticed on some shots.
The build quality ist massive, you could probably use it as a hammer. Full steel built it is quite heavy. It also needs big filters of 77mm.
reviewer#1822 date: Feb-12-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tokina 20-35 zoom
and a Minolta 24mm f/2.8 on a film SLR
price paid:289
positive:Well made with a solid construction. Good to excellent sharpness once it's stepped down a bit
negative:None yet
comment:I actually bought it and tested it on my Canon 30D. I was looking for one for my 7D but with no luck. So far real happy with it and glad to finally have a wide option for my DLSR purposes.
reviewer#976 date: Jul-3-2006
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:18-70 kit lens
Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Macro
28/2 and 24/2.8
price paid:250 (used)
positive:Outstanding performance, easy manual focus, big DOF
negative:Slightly big/heavy
comment:ATX Pro version with 77mm filter diameter (there are several versions with different diameters). Flare spots are typical with this lens if a light source is in the scene, and come in a line across the frame like this image: http://www.pbase.com/image/66315931.jpg Its not too bad or distracting, and I have not seen any veiling/washout that some lenses suffer from.

Very sharp lens and built like a tank, unfortunatly with the weight to prove it. Big clear DOF scale makes manual focusing easy, deep dof makes it easier yet. I manually prefocus with this lens and almost always get great sharp images. Very nice to use all around. No purple fringing seen, even in demanding conditions. Close focusing is important at this wide angle, this has opened up additional opertunities that I didnt have with the kit lens. VERY SLIGHT barrel distortion only seen in certain arcitectural situations with long straight lines.
reviewer#558 date: Mar-7-2006
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:Sigma 50/2.8 EX
price paid:
missing
positive:small, light, very nice bokeh, well built, good sharpness
negative:resolution at f3.5-4.5 could be better, very good after f5.6
comment:This is a robust lens with excellent optics and sharpness when stopped down to f5.6 on. Fast AF on the 7D. It is very sensitive to flare when unshielded from the light. Image quality is also excellent.
reviews found: 9   

rating summary

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  • total reviews: 9
  • sharpness: 4.72
  • color: 4.78
  • build: 5.00
  • distortion: 4.22
  • flare control: 4.00
  • overall: 4.54

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