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

reviewer#841 date: May-27-2006
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:KM 11-18
price paid:
positive:72mm filter, biult in lens hood, price
negative:lens cap, zoom ring very narrow, slightly soft wide open, AF hunts whenever common colored subjects/ backgrounds
comment:Again, another great product from Yokina. Thhis is my third tokina lens and they have all been great. This lens is my favorite WA lens because of its flare control, compactness, 72mm filter, built in lens hood- one less thing to mess with. Of course it has its shortcomings like the zoom ring is alittle tricky to find during split second MF. Hunts at times, keep thinking I'm going to lose the lens cap.
Would I buy this lens again, darn right I would especially seeing that the 11-18 was twice the price and not all that impressive.

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
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania