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

reviewer#5289 date: Apr-25-2009
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Sigma 15-30
Sony 35/1.4
Super Takumar 28 & 35
Minolta 24/2.8
2.8 wide zooms
price paid:Ł85
positive:Ace build
Looks good with orange band!
Pretty good colours, contrast
Good size
72mm filter like Minolta
negative:Bit heavy
Distortion of straight lines
Flare at times
AF not foolproof
comment:Smaller than a Sigma 10-20 but heavier. Bigger than a Minolta prime though. Tiny next to Sigma 15-30!
Chunky, solid build and looks right on A700.
Pretty good MFD and the bokeh is pleasant.
Sharp at distance even wide open. Some CA on bright whites. My copy has a stiff zoom and the AF is noisy, unreliable at short focusing distances. Various kinds of flare can be seen in bright sun - not always a disater though.
Still, I like it a lot and i think it can be used as a 35mm with the option to zoom out much wider. The downside - bendy distortion comes into play any wider than 35mm.
Bargain FF lens, though.

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
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania