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

reviews found: 13   
reviewer#25500 date: Feb-21-2016
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
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:Sony E 10-18mm OSS which is still very good on the full frame A7R around 15mm
price paid:£225.00
positive:Lovely lens, well built with fixed flocked metal hood. You can still use 72mm mount filters. I was searching for a good wide and still compact lens - and also reasonably priced for my A7R. Used with a Sony LA-EA3 adapter. My Sample is in 1st class condition. I don't bother with Autofocus for my landscape use and prefer manual focus anyway with focus magnification, much more accurate than peaking. Used with A900 full frame also
negative:Nothing at the price
comment:Been looking for lenses that work well with the A7R without paying some of the high prices and the added bulk that now comes from Sony and Zeiss. This one is a good choice for a well built wide prime. The only thing is the A7R camera exif sees this as 28-85mm lens although it still identifies the focal length correctly as 17mm, go figure.
reviewer#21431 date: Nov-23-2015
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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 11-18, Tamron 10-24, Voigtlander Super Wide Heliar 15 mk3, Sigma 12-24 DG. Minolta AF20. Zeiss SEL1635Z
price paid:£195.00
positive:Built like a tank. Not to big. Incredible flare control, for a full frame super wide-angle lens. very sharp, again, for a full frame super-wide. A1 colours and contrast.
negative:Noisy autofocus sounds cheap and nasty. Heavy.
comment:I use mine in manual focus mode with the focus peaking level set to high. Capable of outstanding landscape and architectural results. The autofocus is simply embarrassing if you are in public, or a client is within earshot though. Still a performance bargain.
reviewer#11915 date: Jul-20-2014
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:16mm f2.8
20mm f 2.8
24mm f2,8
50mm f1.4
35-70mm f4
70-210mm f4
50mm Macro f2,8
100mm F2,8 macro
80-200mm f2.8
200mm f2.8
300mm f2.8
CZ 19-80MM f 3.5-4.5
price paid:370 euros (like new)
positive:Warm 'Minolta' colours, nice coatings .
Good contrast .
Great distortion control .
Pretty good centre to corner sharpness wide open .
Very sharp stopped down slightly
Fast and quiet, accurate Autofocus .
Reliable lens that won't let you down in any sense .
It's a keeper this one
negative:None, Hard to find .
Maybe negative for some people : the lens hood is not removable, but IMHO that is an advantage, it protects the front element from bumps.
comment:An great product from Tokina.
Build quality is almost the best you can find, minimal distortion and
able to take 72mm filters.

This lens is my favourite Wide-Angle lens because of its good flare
control, relative compactness, 72mm filter and built in lens hood .
This lens delivers great detail when using on my A850.
The sharpness is great from corner to corner, the colours are
like 'Minolta' and the contrast can't be better .
It is not a light weight, but not to heavy and still a great build.
The AF is fast and accurate.I can see that the Tokina got less vignette
than the Minolta 20mm.
Makes lovely and awesome landscape/weather/building shots .
I won't sell it simply because I can't replacing it with anything
better , definitely a keeper.
I like this lens better then the 20mm Minolta.
reviewer#10585 date: Oct-13-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.5
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:for me it is difficult to compare
price paid:300 EUR (excellent condition)
positive:indestructible
sharp
good colour
build in hood
price
negative:build in hood
zoom ring very narrow
comment:
missing
reviewer#8213 date: Nov-8-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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:SAM 18-55
Min 50 1.7
price paid:
missing
positive:build quality
sharp
colours
mfd
negative:build in hood
distortion
comment:I found this lens used in quite a good condition, i lacked a really wide lens for the APS format and for the price i couldn't resist.

The lens is fairly sharp, distortion is noticeable on APS but not to bad (somewhere between 4 points and 3). I can live with the build in hood, but the lens is fairly lage "with the hood" unlike my minolta and sony primes.
reviewer#8092 date: Oct-14-2010
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 20mm RS
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharp wide open
Good contrast
Great distortion control
Quite good center to corner sharpness
Minolta colour
negative:f2.8 would be more convinient
comment:I like this lens better then the Minolta.
The minolta got more vignette than this lens. Although it is 3mm wider.
Has the same MFD, filter size, similar sharpness, colour, body size but wit a little extra weight.
With wider FOV and cheaper price tag, this lens is definitely a better choice. If you can find one off course. Quite a rare lens this Tokina.
reviewer#7853 date: Aug-25-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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:Min 20/2.8RS
Sig 17-37/2.8-4
Min 24/2.8RS
Sig 14/2.8
Sig 15/2.8 Fisheye
price paid:162 USD used
positive:Simple
Light
Sharp
Beautiful Colors
negative:None
comment:This is my favorite wide angle lens, and I lent it to my daughter with the a700, and can't get them back, so that should be two votes for this lens! It is light, sharp and with beautiful colors. It out-performs my Min20/2.8RS in almost every way. The fixed lens hood is useful and protective in many ways, and I did not find it difficult to remove the lens cap. I use a soft minolta lens case, which fits perfectly.
reviewer#7567 date: Jun-14-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
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 50 f1.7
Minolta AF 50 f1.7
Sigma 24mm f2.8 Super Wide II
Beercan 70-210 f4
Minolta 35-105 f3.5/4.5
Minolta 35-70 f4
Sony 18-79 f3.5/5.6 kitlens
price paid:80 GBP
positive:Very sharp stopped down slightly
Indestructible
Build quality
Good Colour
Fast, quiet, accurate AF
negative:Fiddly lens cap
comment:Unexpected bargain from a dealer at a photographic fair. Few customers, end of day, huge stand to pack up and he hadn't made many sales. A bit of haggling got me this plus my Minolta 50mm f1.7 for 165 GBP, both mint condition. I only considered it as someone saw me looking and suggested the dealer had grossly underpriced it. I knew nothing about it but took a gamble with a view to selling it on at a profit. After using it, I decided I couldn't sell it.

Works perfectly on my A350 with no compatability issues. It's slightly soft wide open but very sharp stopped down. Using a tripod for landscapes in half decent light it's got fantastic depth of field and on the A350 is sharp corner to corner. Colours are almost as good as my best minolta lenses.

Flare can be an issue (to be expected) but was helped by the addition of a decent filter but you need to be careful as with any really wide lnes. Flare control is better however than my 24mm Sigma Super Wide II

Build quality is best described as 'rugged' but with a quality finish. As opposed to modern plastic lenses, then the older metal bodied Minoltas, this is by far the toughest. It appears to be made from a particularly thick walled cast/machined metal alloy and I suspect would be a great choice for a war zone photo journalist. You could just keep it pointed at the men with guns, keep snapping and if anyone gets accurate it would probably stop the bullet!

The non removeable metal hood is both a blessing and a slight niggle. It makes getting the lens cap on and off a bit of a fiddle but also protects the lens from dings and bashes. The only reason for keeping this lens in a padded lens bag is to pretect your other lenses!

I don't use this lens very often but when I do, it's usually those shots you can't plan in advance and need both real sharpness and very wide angle to do justice to the moment. Typically the awesome landscape/weather shots that you can never plan for and never see again. I won't sell it simply beceause I suspect replacing it with anything better would cost me way, way more than I paid. Definately a keeper.

reviewer#7311 date: Apr-18-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
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 AT-X 235 AF Pro (20-35/2.8)
price paid:8500 Yen
positive:+Sharpppppppppppppp
+Small
+Fast focus
+Short MFD
negative:-CA at edge when use with A900
-Annoying hood, can't attach square filter normally
comment:For positive and negative, I wrote all of them above.

Comparing to other wide angle I have, this one is the sharpest and widest I even had. At the edge of image, this lens deliver better image quality than 20-35/2.8 and 20-35/3.5-4.5. I think it's nearly surpass CZ 16-35 for sharpness, but for CA, this one is may be bad.

If sony have the CA correction like Nikon, I think this one would be perform better and may be the best performance per money.
reviewer#5922 date: Aug-27-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
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 20mm/2.8
Sigma 24mm/1.8
CZ16-35mm
price paid:250 USD (Used)
positive:Light Weight
great Build
Fast AF
negative:F3.5... if F2.8, it will be better
Metal hood can't be removed.
comment:This lens deliver great detail when using in my A700 + ISO 400 in indoor condition. It is light weight and great build. The body won't break in any condition. It AF is super fast , as all prime lens do.

This is a little handy lens that you should get hold of.

i put 4 for the build rating because of the metal hood which is not removable and it F3.5 stop.



reviewer#3161 date: Jan-9-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Min 20 2.8 RS, Min 28 2.8, Sig 18-125, Min 24-105, CZ 16-80, Min 50 1.4
price paid:250? USD (used)
positive:A tank, solid and reliable, liked the focus ring
negative:lens hood is not removable
comment:I had to sell this to get $$ for the CZ 16-80. Although I don't regret it, I was happy with the lens at the time and I will definitely consider Tokina in the future. Last summer I went to an old car show and left it on the camera almost all day. It really is great for those close up round image type shots. Nice crisp contrasty color. Definitely out performed the Sigma. It was a good compliment to the Min 24-105.
reviewer#841 date: May-27-2006
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.5
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:KM 11-18
price paid:
missing
positive:72mm filter, biult in lens hood, price
negative:lens cap, zoom ring very narrow, slightly soft wide open, AF hunts whenever common colored subjects/ backgrounds
comment:Again, another great product from Yokina. Thhis is my third tokina lens and they have all been great. This lens is my favorite WA lens because of its flare control, compactness, 72mm filter, built in lens hood- one less thing to mess with. Of course it has its shortcomings like the zoom ring is alittle tricky to find during split second MF. Hunts at times, keep thinking I'm going to lose the lens cap.
Would I buy this lens again, darn right I would especially seeing that the 11-18 was twice the price and not all that impressive.
reviewer#684 date: Apr-13-2006
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Sigma 14/3.5 Minolta 28/2 Minolta 24-105/3.5-4.5
price paid:
missing
positive:Build quality, minimal distortion and able to take 72mm filters.
negative:Built-in hood and flare (where you'd expect there to be flare).
comment:To be fair, I seldom used this lens with digital, it was much more in tune to my shooting style with a film camera. Once I bought the Sigma 14/3.5, the Tokina went into its case. That being said, I always found its performance very good at 5.6-11 and quite acceptable at 3.5.There is flare, as you would expect in this wide an angle, but barrel distotion is well controlled. Visible, but not awful.

As with all AT-X lenses, the build quality is excellent. Tokina truly builds lenses to last. I hope they bring more A mounts out when Sony releases their A camera.

While no lightweight, the 17 balanced well on the 7D, I'll leave it to the next reviewer to comment on how it handles on the 5D.

Since it has been awhile since I used this lens extensively, I will refrain from additional comments from memory. Instead I'll let the new owner of my 17/3.5 add his own impressions.
reviews found: 13   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 13
  • sharpness: 4.77
  • color: 4.77
  • build: 4.77
  • distortion: 4.38
  • flare control: 4.38
  • overall: 4.62

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