Lens review

Tokina AT-X PRO SD 14-20 mm f/2 (IF) DX

Tokina AT-X PRO SD 14-20 mm f/2 (IF) DX
30 March 2016
Arkadiusz Olech

1. Introduction

Optics producers specializing in devices designed for cameras with smaller sensors didn’t exactly spoil the customers when it comes to fast zoom lenses. Even if they released a lens which focal range started from 16-17 mm and ended at 50-55 mm more often than not its aperture was just f/2.8 so exactly the same as the aperture of its full frame equivalent.

Recently something changed, though. First zoom lenses for APS-C/DX sensors which were really fast aperture wise were produced by Samsung (the 16-50 mm f/2.0-2.8) and Sigma (the 18-35 mm f/1.8).

Also Tokina decided to make a move in that segment but, instead of offering a lens which can be considered standard they produced something with a really wide angle of view. At the very end of 2015 they announced the launch of the Tokina AT-X PRO SD 14–20 mm f/2 (IF) DX which, apart from featuring a very sensible f/2.0 aperture, provides angles of view ranging from 71 to 91 degrees so practically brushing against the ultra wide angle range.

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The range and aperture of the new Tokina were so interesting that we were practically sure it would find its way to our office pretty fast in order to be tested thoroughly. We would like to thank the Next77 company, the sole distributor of Tokina brand name devices in Poland, for lending us the lens for testing purposes.

You are also invited to get acquainted with our test procedure, described in the article "How do we test lenses?" If you feel it’s still not enough, please go to our FAQ section where you can find some further explanation.

Tokina AT-X PRO SD 14-20 mm f/2 (IF) DX - Introduction

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