Tokina 17mm F3.5 AT-X 17 AF A-mount lens review by 2manycamera

reviewer#684 date: Apr-13-2006
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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:Sigma 14/3.5 Minolta 28/2 Minolta 24-105/3.5-4.5
price paid:
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.

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