Tokina 20-35mm F2.8 AT-X 235 AF PRO A-mount lens review by DynarX64

reviewer#6580 date: Dec-14-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
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 II (20-35/3.5-4.5 version 2)
-Tokina AT-X 270 AF (28-70/2.8 first version with 72mm filter diameter)
price paid:27000 Yen
positive:-If focus correctly, razor sharp
-Tank structure, feel solid and metal
-Well MF damping
negative:-CA at F2.8
-MFD too far (a bit more than AT-X 235 AF II)
-Ext surface finish can be peeled off
comment:I've just got it last week. After done some field test in reallife situation, it performs impressively.

Many people say that this lens is very soft at wide open. Contrastly, I found that if the focus plane hit the correct position, the image will be very crisp sharp (with a bit dreamy soft effect at F2.8). For distortion, I think this lens rarely has it. Comparing to 235 AF II, distortion from 235 AF Pro is so far better than it's little brother. CA will often appear at every light situation by setting aperture to F2.8 and will be almost gone at F5.6.

In the same range as 270AF, it obviously lag behind the 270AF in term of sharpness at 2.8 and become closer while stopping down, finally as same sharpness as at F4 and above. That is only concerning of sharpness. For CA, no doubt, the 270AF beat it at every setting.



I just finished my test of this lens against AT-X 235 AF II
follow this link :

ps. I provided information in both Thai/English version. Enjoy reading.



After I used it with my A900.
F2.8 is terrible, CA is toooooooooooooo much and can't be corrected easily. At the corner of the image is terrible too.

Ah.... I miss my old AT-X 235 AF II T_T


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This is my test , included with 4 others Tokinas I have.

may be difficult to read due to I'm not use any english in there. Sorry.

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rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 9
  • sharpness: 4.33
  • color: 4.56
  • build: 4.89
  • distortion: 4.78
  • flare control: 3.89
  • overall: 4.49 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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