Abes of Maine Test on Tokina 17-35mm f/4 Pro FX
Here we have the latest lens we got to review from Tokina. It is a 17-35mm f/4 lens suitable for Nikon and Canon bayonet. Thanks to our supplier - Abes of Maine (see its profile on Indeed) today we'll conduct a full review on the Tokina lens.
Just to note, Abes of Maine is a premium reseller of digital photo and video equipment. All of the product we review here can be bought from their warehouse in Linden, NJ.
- Focal length: 17-35 mm
- The range of aperture: F4-F22
- Constructions (elements / groups): 13/12
- Filter Diameter: 82mm
- Number of diaphragm blades 9
- Maximum magnification: 1: 5
- Minimum focus distance: 28cm
- Dimensions: 8.89 x 9:40 cm
- Weight: 600g
Abes of Maine describe Tokina 17-35 / 4 as an ultra wide-angle lens, designed for cameras with a full-frame sensor. It is produced in two versions - with Canon and Nikon bayonet. It can be used on cameras with APS-C sensor whereby it becomes a standard wide-angle lens with a focal length of 27-56mm.
Abes of Maine will review the Canon system version, tested with a Canon 5D MK2 camera.
The lens kit is supplied with a lens hood and covers. Tokina usually doesn’t supply carry case with their lenses. (Recommended article: Test on Tokina AF 16/50.)
The bayonet is made of metal. The lens is quite compact, quality build out of polycarbonate, thus appearing to be at a high level of quality. It weighs 600g and by its dimensions, it belongs to the same class as the Canon 17-40 / 4˝.
It has two rings for zooming and manual focus, and it also has a focus distance scale. Switching from autofocus to manual focus is done by pulling the focus ring towards the appliance.
Regarding its optical characteristics, Abes of Maine (read their history) declared that the lens has excellent features; there isn’t a pronounced chromatic aberration, even when the leaves on the aperture are fully open.
As a conclusion for this review, Abes of Maine stated that the Tokina 17-35 f / 4 Pro FX lens is a serious alternative to the Canon EF 17-40 / 4 L. In terms of build quality, it certainly does not lag behind, while the optical characteristics are approximately equal in the center of the frame and slightly worse at the edges. The level of flare resistance is at a high level, and the chromatic aberration is of no account. Taking into consideration the lens price and seller's ratings, Abes of Maine concluded that Tokina deserves all recommendations.