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

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; 61MP61 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.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 14
  • sharpness: 4.64
  • color: 4.71
  • build: 4.64
  • distortion: 4.36
  • flare control: 4.29
  • overall: 4.53 - Home of the alpha system photographer
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania