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

reviewer#21431 date: Nov-23-2015
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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 11-18, Tamron 10-24, Voigtlander Super Wide Heliar 15 mk3, Sigma 12-24 DG. Minolta AF20. Zeiss SEL1635Z
price paid:£195.00
positive:Built like a tank. Not to big. Incredible flare control, for a full frame super wide-angle lens. very sharp, again, for a full frame super-wide. A1 colours and contrast.
negative:Noisy autofocus sounds cheap and nasty. Heavy.
comment:I use mine in manual focus mode with the focus peaking level set to high. Capable of outstanding landscape and architectural results. The autofocus is simply embarrassing if you are in public, or a client is within earshot though. Still a performance bargain.

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
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