Summary: I am a Nikon shooter and have a lot of there equipment....Tokina is one of those hidden bargains in the third party lens makers.. If you have not tried a Tokina lens you are paying to much for the name with those other guys... I have had Tokina lenses before and as i was hoping this lens has lived up to my expectations ...I would put the 12-24mm f4 and 20-35mm f2.8 lens against any other on the market by any manufacture...And I mean any!!!!
Tokina 20-35mm f/2.8 AT-X 235 AF PRO review by HighSierra
30 June 2010
Summary: Using this lens on my Nikon D700, I find it to be an excellent, if oft overlooked, zoom lens. While the frame is a bit soft at the edges at f/2.8, it sharpens up nicely across the board with stopping down. CA is ever-present across the frame, but easily removed either in-camera or in post. The weakest point of this lens has to be the minimum focus distance (MFD), which only allows for about 10:1 reproduction ratio, at best, on the 35mm end.
Pros: Sharpness, contrast, great MF feel, fast aperture
Cons: High, but correctable CA, long minimum focus distance
Tokina 20-35mm f/2.8 AT-X 235 AF PRO review by f43tgv
1 May 2009
Summary: I have never used a Tokina lens on Digital. They do work, very well, despite the lack of Hyper-Nano coatings et-al! I did have the 28-70 ATX Pro for film long ago, a truly great lens. I am not a great user of mid range focal lengths and there is no way I could justify the expense of something like a 17-40L for my 30D, especially given the amazing price hikes in the UK in these strange times.
Pros: Beautifully built, cheap secondhand, very sharp
Conclusion: Lens seems sharp to me. If I missed a focus at my sons basketball game I am certain it was due to my less than stellar skills. When shooting F2.8 the margin of error is not great. I would check it a few days later by using a tree to see if there was a focusing error. I like lens's that dot not extend when they zoom.
Pros: Seems sharp to me. Lens does not extend when zoomed which i like.
Conclusion: This little pearl is a very fine product and i find it equal or better than the Canon 17-40 L with super good colours and contrast,its perfect on a Canon 5D and the new FF from Nikon the D3 and alike. I only miss HSM /USM / SWM Motor and weathersealing,but it is still fast and silent and seems good made .enjoy the Tokina PRO line...I do.
Pros: This is an awesome good and sharp lens and very overseen,its on par or better than many L or ED glass from other manufacturers i think the pic you get from this Tokina is up in the high end class for low money.Hey its F2,8?
Cons: No hsm/usm money..no weathersealing...hrumph..
Conclusion: I bought this for a pretty good price used in the UK as finances did not permit me to go for a wider lens like the Sigma 10-22mm (which I had a look at and was very impressed with). Bang for the buck - could not recommend it enough. Although it goes down to 2.8 (which is handy for night shots with a 400 or 800ISO - eg, the Christmas markets at the the Tivoli Gardens braced up against a tree!), the best results are at f4 and above.
Pros: Great image quality; useable zoom field (good for landscapes and cityscapes just bordering on a wide angle)
Cons: Good grief this is built like a battleship and weighs the same!
Conclusion: Fantastic lens if you get one used. Great build quality like all Tokina lenses. Could use an upgrade on the motor, but then again it is a WA zoom. Not really going to be tracking birds and such with it. Color and contrast are good with no noticeable flaring or CA. Once again a fantastic lens if you buy it used. Tokina lenses loose too much value when bought new. But I find them a great bang for my buck when bought off of the used market.
Pros: Build quality.
Cons: not as fast focusing as Canon. A little noisy
Conclusion: This lense is one of the better zooms for dslr's. It starts at f2.8, is sharp at f4 and beyound and it has canonlike good colors. The range from 20 to 35 is ideal for 1DMKII or FF, it feels pretty good in Your hands, rocksolid built. The downsides: MF-clutch is weird, and some CA in the corners (that can be corrected very good in PS). AF not as fast as Canon L, but OK for wides. I use it as often as my 17-40 Canon...don't ask my why...