Tokina 17mm F3.5 AT-X 17 AF PRO A-mount lens review by scuzzlebutt

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; 61MP61 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.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 9
  • sharpness: 4.72
  • color: 4.78
  • build: 5.00
  • distortion: 4.22
  • flare control: 4.00
  • overall: 4.54 - Home of the alpha system photographer
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania