Tokina 20-35mm F3.5-4.5 II AF A-mount lens review by PeteMag

reviewer#4488 date: Dec-7-2008
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:18-70 Kit lens
sigma 10-20
28-135mm 4/4.5
50mm 1.7
price paid:100 euro used
positive:Suprisingly sharp!
Build quality is high
negative:Unless using FF its not that wide.
comment:I have had this lens a while, I was after something to upgrade the kit lens on a KM5D that was also a little wider on a cropped sensor than 28mm.

This lens came as a very pleasant suprise! the sharpness in the pictures is in my opinion, as good as the 50mm 1.7 and highly rated 28-135mm.

The problem is that its not exceptionally wide unless on FF. It fits in an uncomfortable gap between my sigma 10-20mm and 28-135mm. I use the 28-135 for general use, but if I want a wide angle shot I stick the Sigma on. On FF its a genuine wide angle.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 12
  • sharpness: 4.58
  • color: 4.50
  • build: 4.83
  • distortion: 4.17
  • flare control: 4.17
  • overall: 4.45 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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