Tokina 17-135/3.5-5.6 DX


The Tokina 17-135/3.5-5.6 DX is a conventional lens with a great zoom range, translating to 28-200mm in 35mm terms. Clearly, this one is destined to fight the walkaround lens market. Hopefully, this can put up a good fight against Sigma’s 18-125, a sharp lens I’ve been shooting with since last year. Just like most walkaround, this lens is on the slow with the maximum aperture at both ends hardly something to brag about.

For their expected price though, lenses of this type are bang for the buck performers that can very well serve the needs of the casual enthusiast and even those of serious amateurs.

Since this lens is more than a year younger compared to Sigma’s offering, Tokina should’ve made this better in many respects and addressed the shortcomings of its competitors. Hopefully, we have another viable walkaround alternative in the next few months.

5 Responses to “Tokina 17-135/3.5-5.6 DX”

  1. […] … Weiterhin scheint Tokina in der Zwischenzeit ebenfalls mit neuen Objektiven in den Startlöchern zu stehen. Die Fotocommunity munkelt ja schon seit geraumer Zeit über das Tokina 10-17/3.5-4.5 DX, dass 16-50/2.8 DX, dass 17-135/3.5-5.6 DX und last not least das 50-135/2.8 DX. Preise stehen leider noch nicht fest. Die offizielle Vorstellung der Objektive wird pünktlich zur Photokina erwartet. Näheres an dieser Stelle unmittelbar nach Erscheinen! (Bildquelle: […]

  2. Zsolt S. says:

    does any1 know what the diameter size (filter size) for the new Tokina 17-135mm lens is? I’d need this information in order to purchase some filters on good christmas-deals :D

  3. markku says:

    I don’t think the specs mentions it now, but if it’s very similar to the Sigma 18-125, it should be 62mm. Maybe 67mm if they designed it to eliminate vignetting problems.

    Anyway, I’m sure that info is provided by stores that have it in stock. :)

  4. Zsolt S. says:

    thanx for your comment/info.
    altho i would’ve needed some more exact information, because i’d buy the filter kit that matches the exact filter size.
    anyway, tha strange thing is that from like 3 or 4 Tokina representatives i’ve contacted, NO EVEN ONE knew what the filter size is…and the mother company, do not answer emails…
    i even wrote to an email-address listed as contact for the fotokina exhibition…still no feedback…and i guess the lens was exposed on that event.
    anyway…i might think of another lens to buy…with such a customer-support…

  5. markku says:

    I don’t think Tokina is really as good as Sigma or Tamron, or at least they haven’t produced good keepers in the past few years. With that in mind, you might be better off with other alternatives.

    Zsolt, are you using Canon?

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