Tokina 17mm f/3.5 AT-X Pro

Review of Tokina 17mm f/3.5 AT-X Pro ultra-wide-angle lens. Review created 2006, latest update 2013.

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Facts

  • an underrated gem: almost a perfect 17 mm lens
  • estimated retail price 270 EUR (currently a discontinued product)
  • in my use from 5/2005 to current date
  • the last lens that I will give away

Pros

  • sharp results with great colors
  • already wide on 1.6x crop body and becomes even wider on 1.3x and full frame
  • full metallic structure with excellent build quality

Cons

  • as almost all wide angle lenses has tendency to show significant CA especially when not stopped down
  • could have a larger maximum aperture but it seems that no 17 mm lens gives more than f/3.5
  • rather heavy for such a small lens
  • ultra-wide-angle zooms have practically replaced ultra-wide-angle primes on the market