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    Default Tokina 17-35mm F4 (Nikon Mount) - Quick Hands-on Impression

    Introduction

    Managed to try out the Tokina 17-35mm F4 a few months ago. Took some test shots but never got around to posting them up. Finally got some time to burn, so here they are. The test shots were done on the following setup. Tokina 17-35/4 mounted on a D700. Camera is mounted onto a manfrotto 410 gear head on a 055xprob tripod. Camera is set to mirror up mode, and shots triggered using a wired remote. Target is a brick wall and whole setup is leveled using a 3 axis spirit leveler. Plane of sensor is adjusted to be as parallel to the brick wall as humanly possible according to our senses. So this is not a precise scientific test.

    Disclaimer: While we try to get the test shots done as best as we can, the results remain unscientific and should be treated as such. These test results should only serve as a guide and only reflect our personal opinions of the performance of this lens. Lens performance may also vary from copy to copy. In no way, our copy of the lens is a reference copy, nor are our tests the final authority on the performance of this lens.


    Build

    The Tokina 17-35 is very well built and feels solid in the hands. It is not a small lens. You can see a couple of pictures of the lens mounted on a D700.






    Specifications

    Focal Length: 17-35 mm
    Aperture: Maximum: f/4.0, Minimum: f/22
    Camera Mount Type: Nikon F
    Format Compatibility: Nikon FX/35mm Film
    Angle of View: 103.96 - 64.74
    Minimum Focus Distance: 11" (27.94 cm)
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio: 1:4.82
    Groups/Elements: 12/13
    Diaphragm Blades: 9
    Image Stabilization: No
    Autofocus: Yes (Built in AF Motor)
    Tripod Collar: No
    Front Filter Thread: 82 mm
    Dimensions (DxL): Approx. 3.5 x 3.7" (8.89 x 9.40 cm)
    Weight: 21.16 oz (600 g)
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    Default Re: Tokina 17-35mm F4 (Nikon Mount) - Quick Hands-on Impression

    Test Shots

    All the shots here are shot in RAW. RAW was converted to JPG using ViewNX2 with default settings without any adjustments.

    17mm Centre Crops

    F4 100% centre crop - 17mm


    F5.6 100% centre crop - 17mm


    F8 100% centre crop - 17mm


    F16 100% centre crop - 17mm


    F22 100% centre crop - 17mm
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    Default Re: Tokina 17-35mm F4 (Nikon Mount) - Quick Hands-on Impression

    25mm Centre Crops

    F4 100% centre crop - 25mm


    F5.6 100% centre crop - 25mm


    F8 100% centre crop - 25mm


    F16 100% centre crop - 25mm


    F22 100% centre crop - 25mm

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    35mm Centre Crops

    F4 100% centre crop - 35mm


    F5.6 100% centre crop - 35mm


    F8 100% centre crop - 35mm


    F16 100% centre crop - 35mm


    F22 100% centre crop - 35mm

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    Default Re: Tokina 17-35mm F4 (Nikon Mount) - Quick Hands-on Impression

    Thanks for taking time to write this review. Helps us alot

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    Default Re: Tokina 17-35mm F4 (Nikon Mount) - Quick Hands-on Impression

    All Corner Crops are taken from the top left corner of the frame.

    17mm Top Left Corner Crops


    F4 100% corner crop - 17mm


    F5.6 100% corner crop - 17mm


    F8 100% corner crop - 17mm


    F16 100% corner crop - 17mm


    F22 100% corner crop - 17mm

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    Default Re: Tokina 17-35mm F4 (Nikon Mount) - Quick Hands-on Impression

    All Corner Crops are taken from the top left corner of the frame.

    25mm Top Left Corner Crops


    F4 100% corner crop - 25mm


    F5.6 100% corner crop - 25mm


    F8 100% corner crop - 25mm


    F16 100% corner crop - 25mm


    F22 100% corner crop - 25mm

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    Default Re: Tokina 17-35mm F4 (Nikon Mount) - Quick Hands-on Impression

    All Corner Crops are taken from the top left corner of the frame.

    35mm Top Left Corner Crops


    F4 100% corner crop - 35mm


    F5.6 100% corner crop - 35mm


    F8 100% corner crop - 35mm


    F16 100% corner crop - 35mm


    F22 100% corner crop - 35mm

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    Default Re: Tokina 17-35mm F4 (Nikon Mount) - Quick Hands-on Impression

    Distortion

    Full frame 17mm F8 (size reduced)


    Full frame 25mm F8 (size reduced)


    Full frame 35mm F8 (size reduced)


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    Default Re: Tokina 17-35mm F4 (Nikon Mount) - Quick Hands-on Impression

    Real World Test Shot

    Shot at 17mm, F8, ISO 200, Aperture priority mode, shutter speed 1/400
    Click below or on the picture to download full size (6.7MB file)
    http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7100/7156891467_b7ee5ba780_o.jpg



    100% Crop of the right edge of the picture where CA is most probable.

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    Default Re: Tokina 17-35mm F4 (Nikon Mount) - Quick Hands-on Impression

    Personal Opinion

    Pros
    - Very good build.
    - Able to use filters.
    - Only slight Distortion at 17mm. Distortion disappears with longer focal length.
    - Price is cheaper (Street price in USA USD$699).
    - Weather sealed (I think so, from the looks of it. Metal mount comes with rubber gasket).
    - Fringing control is quite good.

    Cons
    - Soft wide open at F4 at all focal lengths.
    - Not as sharp corner to corner when compared to 16-35VR.
    - Filter thread is 82mm and plastic.
    - no instant/all time manual focus override.

    Overall
    For Nikon users, this lens is a viable cheaper alternative to the 16-35VR. For people who require VR, or needs to shoot at F4 or wider, they should look elsewhere. Although the lens is quite soft wide open at F4 at all focal lengths, it quickly sharpens up nicely once it is stopped down to around F5.6. This means the lens is great for landscape photography. The lens is also quite suitable for architectural photography since distortion is relatively low.
    Last edited by daredevil123; 6th June 2012 at 07:13 AM.

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    Default Re: Tokina 17-35mm F4 (Nikon Mount) - Quick Hands-on Impression

    Quote Originally Posted by wolfton View Post
    Thanks for taking time to write this review. Helps us alot
    No problem. Glad that it helps you.

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    Thanks your info of reviews too

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    Quote Originally Posted by rain5533 View Post
    Thanks your info of reviews too
    You're welcome.

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    Extremely useful and thoughtful review. Many thanks for taking time to share it with others.

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    Brilliant review. Thanks for the hard work man!

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    Default Re: Tokina 17-35mm F4 (Nikon Mount) - Quick Hands-on Impression

    Quote Originally Posted by photo-orama View Post
    Extremely useful and thoughtful review. Many thanks for taking time to share it with others.
    Quote Originally Posted by moveslikejagger92 View Post
    Brilliant review. Thanks for the hard work man!
    Thanks! Lens, camera and tripod used for the test all belonged to a friend. I just did the test with my own memory card. Took me a while to process and finally post the photos. Glad it helped!

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    Default Re: Tokina 17-35mm F4 (Nikon Mount) - Quick Hands-on Impression

    do u still have this lens ?

    thats alot of bang for the few bucks that this lens cost

    featuring this review in the Clubsnap Photography Community fb page

    http://www.facebook.com/ClubSNAP.Community
    Last edited by ed9119; 7th June 2012 at 08:31 PM.
    shaddap and just shoot .... up close
    Walkeast

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    Default Re: Tokina 17-35mm F4 (Nikon Mount) - Quick Hands-on Impression

    Quote Originally Posted by ed9119 View Post
    do u still have this lens ?

    thats alot of bang for the few bucks that this lens cost

    featuring this review in the Clubsnap Photography Community fb page

    ClubSNAP Photography Community | Facebook
    I don't own this lens boss. One of our fellow CSers bought it. And asked me to do a review.

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    Default Re: Tokina 17-35mm F4 (Nikon Mount) - Quick Hands-on Impression

    Quote Originally Posted by daredevil123 View Post
    Personal Opinion

    Pros
    - Very good build.
    - Able to use filters.
    - Only slight Distortion at 17mm. Distortion disappears with longer focal length.
    - Price is cheaper (Street price in USA USD$699).
    - Weather sealed (I think so, from the looks of it. Metal mount comes with rubber gasket).
    - Fringing control is quite good.

    Cons
    - Soft wide open at F4 at all focal lengths.
    - Not as sharp corner to corner when compared to 16-35VR.
    - Filter thread is 82mm and plastic.
    - no instant/all time manual focus override.

    Overall
    For Nikon users, this lens is a viable cheaper alternative to the 16-35VR. For people who require VR, or needs to shoot at F4 or wider, they should look elsewhere. Although the lens is quite soft wide open at F4 at all focal lengths, it quickly sharpens up nicely once it is stopped down to around F5.6. This means the lens is great for landscape photography. The lens is also quite suitable for architectural photography since distortion is relatively low.
    Hey Bro,

    The 100% crop of real world test shows some prominent Purple fringing (Lamp Post / Basket Ball Post). Is it happening only at F8?

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