Tokina 17-35mm f/4 AT-X PRO FX SD

 
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17-35mm $473
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(From Tokina lens literature) The Tokina AT-X SD 17-35mm F4 PRO FX is a compact, high performance wide-angle zoom lens for digital SLR cameras with full frame support. The lens features the company's newly developed SD-M (Silent Drive-Module) AF system for precise and quiet autofocus, and is weather-sealed.

Tokina 17-35mm f/4 AT-X PRO FX SD User Reviews

8.3/10 average of 3 reviews Build Quality 9.0/10 Image Quality 7.7/10
  • 9 out of 10 points and recommended by (5 reviews)
    Cost, Build Quality, Size, Sharpness Stopped Down, Very Low Distortion
    Sharpness wide open

    Know what? If you don't want to blow a wad of cash on a wide angle zoom, this is your lens. This is a landscape lens or used to shoot interiors with a Speedlight. I always shoot such lenses mounted on a tripod, stopped down to f8, f11 where they're all about the same in terms of resolution. This is a special purpose, not a general purpose lens -- no need for speed in such a lens, therefore no need to spend three times as much for one if you're stopping it down to f8, f11 anyway and mounting it on a tripod to shoot a landscape or real estate interiors. Well-made as are all Tokinas. This Tokina also boasts impressively low distortion for its type. Build-quality belies it's comparatively low cost, and because it's a sensible (for such a lens) f4, it is smaller and lighter than most other FX wide angle zooms. A sensible, budget-friendly choice for its intended purpose.

    reviewed June 8th, 2018 (purchased for $399)
  • 8 out of 10 points and recommended by (2 reviews)
    Value Handling
    Edge softness at 17mm and 35mm at f4

    I have only recently purchased this lens to use on my Canon 6D. I had, loved and sold the Canon 16-35mm F4 IS lens due to lack of use, ( I found it hard to justify having a $1349 AUD lens just sitting there as I don't work). So I sold it and purchased this lens as an ex demo from an Australian store for $220 AUD. I carried out some basic tests with an ISO test chart and was pleasantly surprised.

    I found that the lens was quite soft in the corners at 17mm at f4 and still soft at 5.6, but quite reasonable at f8. At 21mm the lens is soft in the corners at f4 but at 5.6 it is good and at f8 sharp across the frame and at all focal lens f8 is the sharpest by some margin, with f5.6 from 21mm to 28mm good to very good across the frame. At 35mm the lens is again quite soft in the corners at f4 and gets to be good across the frame at f8. The lens is at it's sharpest around 21mm, with 24 to 28mm not far behind. 35mm appears to be the lenses weakest focal length.

    Overall I think this lens represents good value at it's retail price of around $600 to $700 anything less than that it's a bargain.

    reviewed February 12th, 2017 (purchased for $220)
  • 8 out of 10 points and recommended by (2 reviews)
    Focal Length, price, size, center sharpness
    Border sharpness

    I have tested this lens with my Nikon D800E. The center sharpness is good for practical use. The border and corners are not as goods as expected. There is also some CA and vignetting wide open, but this is relatively easy to correct from Lightroom.
    There is almost no distorsion.
    The focus is fast and accurate, but not as silent as the Nikkors. To switch from AF and MF is easy to operate by push/pull the focus ring. I found this more user friendly than the traditional switch at the side of the lens barrel.

    reviewed June 8th, 2012 (purchased for $999)