Tokina 17mm F3.5 AT-X 17 AF A-mount lens review by 2manycamera
|2manycamera#684 date: Apr-13-2006|
flare control: 4
|ownership:||I have experience with this lens|
|compared to:||Sigma 14/3.5 Minolta 28/2 Minolta 24-105/3.5-4.5|
|positive:||Build quality, minimal distortion and able to take 72mm filters.|
|negative:||Built-in hood and flare (where you'd expect there to be flare).|
|comment:||To be fair, I seldom used this lens with digital, it was much more in tune to my shooting style with a film camera. Once I bought the Sigma 14/3.5, the Tokina went into its case. That being said, I always found its performance very good at 5.6-11 and quite acceptable at 3.5.There is flare, as you would expect in this wide an angle, but barrel distotion is well controlled. Visible, but not awful.|
As with all AT-X lenses, the build quality is excellent. Tokina truly builds lenses to last. I hope they bring more A mounts out when Sony releases their A camera.
While no lightweight, the 17 balanced well on the 7D, I'll leave it to the next reviewer to comment on how it handles on the 5D.
Since it has been awhile since I used this lens extensively, I will refrain from additional comments from memory. Instead I'll let the new owner of my 17/3.5 add his own impressions.