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

30 March 2016
Arkadiusz Olech

11. Summary



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Pros:
  • solid casing,
  • unique parameters,
  • brilliant image quality in the frame centre no matter what focal length you employ,
  • very good image quality on the edge of the APS-C/DX sensor,
  • imperceptible longitudinal chromatic aberration,
  • moderate distortion,
  • slight coma,
  • low astigmatism,
  • slight vignetting level for this class of equippment,
  • proper autofocus performance,
  • good quality/ price and performance/ price ratio.

Cons:

  • bad technical solution concerning the AF/MF ring,
  • very weak performance against bright light.

Fast zoom lenses designed for smaller sensors had a very strong market launch. First Sigma presented its sensational Sigma A 18–35 mm f/1.8 DC HSM model and now Tokina proved they can compete in that segment without any problems. I personally have no doubts that the Tokina AT-X PRO SD 14–20 mm f/2 (IF) DX is an excellent optical instrument. If not for the slip-up with the flares it could have been called brilliant and would have been completely recommendable to any owner of reflex cameras with the APS-C/DX sensor. Even with that flaw I suppose the tested lens will find a lot of satisfied buyers because such a high quality of optics combined with so unique parameters doesn’t happen very often. What’s more, with such a strong performance even its price tag of 3700 PLN seems to be completely acceptable.