Tokina wide-angle zoom lens review: Interesting third-party widesThursday May 19 2016 Lens Review
A wide-angle is a must-have lens for landscape and architectural photographers, with a versatile wide-angle zoom often favored by those shooting press, weddings, events, or street photography. That there are different DSLR sensor sizes (35mm full-frame or cropped APS-C) means that it’s important to buy a lens designed specifically for each format. This is especially true for wide-angle zoom lenses, because although a full-frame format wide-angle will still work on APS-C, the crop means it’s not really wide-angle.
As ever, there’s a range of own-brand and third-party options to consider when investing in new glass, making it a bit of minefield to choose between them. There are some attractive options available, though, with third-party manufacturers such as Tokina offering a line of well-priced wide-angle zoom lenses in Nikon DX and FX, as well as Canon EF and EF-S formats. Chief among these is the 35mm-format Tokina 17-35mm f/4 and the APS-C format Tokina 12-28mm f/4, both of which have been achieving some interesting results in our industry standard lab tests. We’re delighted to bring you an in-depth analysis of all the lens metrics for these lenses in our comprehensive review.