Tokina 17mm F3.5 AT-X 17 AF A-mount lens review by QuietOC
|QuietOC#44176 date: Nov-17-2018|
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|ownership:||I have experience with this lens|
|compared to:||Sigma 10-20 F4-5.6|
Samyang 12 F2
Rokinon 16 F2
Sony E 16 F2.8
Sony DT 16-50 F2.8 SSM
Minolta AF 20 F2.8 & RS
Tokina 20-35 F3.5-4.5 I & II
|positive:||Rectilinear ultra wide|
135 format full-frame
Minimal barrel distortion
Wider than Minolta/Sony 20 F2.8
|negative:||Size & weight|
Warm color cast
Raspy focus mechanism
Not wider than 18 mm zooms
|comment:||A clean copy with original caps and hard case. Part of a trade of a Sigma 50-150 F2.8 to Photosopher for this lens and a Minolta AF 28 F2. |
It uses a simple unit focus design like most Tokina lenses. The filter threads do not rotate but do extend. It is similar in size to the Minolta/Sony AF 20 F2.8. The fixed metal hood petals are similar in size to those on the removable hood of the Minolta/Sony 20 F2.8 but about a centimeter narrower. It shares the 72mm filter size with that lens and the original Tokina AF 20-35 F3.5-4.5. It borrows the lens ID of the Minolta 28-85 F3.5-4.5. "JAPAN"
There is a directional glow on high contrast edges wide-open (coma) on this copy that indicates an alignment problem. It has better contrast than the 20-35 F3.5-4.5 zooms but less resolution. It has much less distortion than the 20-35 at 20 mm or the Minolta/Sony AF 20 F2.8 or the 18-x zooms. The focus plane is not as flat as the Minolta/Sony 20 F2.8. It has a much warmer color cast than the Minolta primes.
The angle-of-view is narrower than APS-C 18-x zooms. The image quality is not as good as the 18-55 APS-C kit zooms. The little Sony E 16 F2.8 pancake lens is much wider and much sharper wide-open in the center.