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Lens review

2013-09-16
 

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

1. Introduction

When it comes to full frame, wide angle zoom lenses, starting with 16-17 mm and finishing with 35-40 mm, brand name producers have always been leading the way. For example in the line-up of Canon you can find such models as the EF 17–40 mm f/4.0L USM and the EF 16–35 mm f/2.8L USM; Nikon has the older AF-S 17–35 mm f/2.8D ED-IF and much newer devices as well: the AF-S 16–35 mm f/4G ED VR and the  AF-S 18–35 mm f/3.5–4.5G ED. Sony offers a very good and very expensive Zeiss lens – namely the Vario Sonnar 16–35 mm f/2.8 T* SSM.

I suppose the independent producers give up on that class of equipment a bit too easily. Several years ago Sigma withdrew the 17-35 mm f/2.8–4 EX DG HSM Aspherical model from the market and they haven’t launched its successor yet; Tamron offers just the quite elderly SP AF 17–35 mm f/2.8–4 Di LD Aspherical (IF). Tokina seems to be the only exception here – in 2010 they launched the AT-X PRO FX SD 16–28 mm f/2.8 (IF) and one year later they complemented their offer by the AT-X PRO FX SD 17–35 mm f/4 (IF) model. Today it is our pleasure to invite you to read the full test of the latter instrument.

We had an opportunity to test that lens courtesy of Delta, the sole distributor of Tokina lenses in Poland

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Tokina AT-X PRO FX SD 17-35 mm f/4 (IF)  - Introduction

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