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

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; 61MP61 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:
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.

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