Tokina 17mm F3.5 AT-X 17 AF A-mount lens review by DynarX64

reviewer#7311 date: Apr-18-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:-Tokina AT-X 235 AF Pro (20-35/2.8)
price paid:8500 Yen
+Fast focus
+Short MFD
negative:-CA at edge when use with A900
-Annoying hood, can't attach square filter normally
comment:For positive and negative, I wrote all of them above.

Comparing to other wide angle I have, this one is the sharpest and widest I even had. At the edge of image, this lens deliver better image quality than 20-35/2.8 and 20-35/3.5-4.5. I think it's nearly surpass CZ 16-35 for sharpness, but for CA, this one is may be bad.

If sony have the CA correction like Nikon, I think this one would be perform better and may be the best performance per money.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 14
  • sharpness: 4.68
  • color: 4.71
  • build: 4.64
  • distortion: 4.36
  • flare control: 4.29
  • overall: 4.54 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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