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

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; 61MP61 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: 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.

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
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