Tokina 19-35mm AF Lens Reviews & Specifications

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Performance Beyond Normal
For a Mid-priced Zoom Lens

Tokina 19-35mm f/3.5-4.5 AF Zoom Lens Most lens manufacturers offer fast (f/2.8) ultra-wide angle zoom lenses, but lenses in this category tend to be large, heavy, and quite expensive. Tokina's own AF 20-35mm f/2.8 AT-X PRO is a superb product but most photo enthusiasts do not require such a wide aperture in a short zoom often used at f/16. If you fall into that category, the new Tokina AF 19-35mm f/3.5-4.5 zoom is well worth considering. It's compact, lightweight, and offers performance beyond normal for a mid-priced zoom. In fact, its optics can meet professional photographer standards

This is a lightweight lens but with a rugged feel and stainless steel mount for long-term reliability. The rubberized zoom and focus rings are adequately wide and knurled for good grip. The rotary zoom action is extremely smooth and well damped; the manual focus mechanism is not damped as well nor as smooth but works very good in actual practice. Less than 45 degrees of rotation is required for moving from infinity to the 1.3' setting for quick operation in both manual and autofocus. AF operation is very quick indeed, and fairly quiet,

This lens replaces the AF235 II in Tokina's quality middle line of AF series lenses. Constructed with high refraction, low dispersion glass, its multicoated lens elements are produced by Hoya Corporation-the worlds largest manufacturer of optical glass. While the same mechanically as the AF235 II, the AF193s barrel is made from polycarbonate to reduce the overall weight of the lens. ✓


The value and performance of this wide-angle lens soars to new heights. Landscapes, group portraiture, or travel photography, this lens was built to travel light. But it's no lightweight on quality. Tokina's AF 193 uses high-refraction, low-dispersion (HLD) all-glass optics made by Hoya Corporation and multi-coated with Tokina's exclusive anti-reflection coatings for outstanding optical performance in a value-priced lens.

An internal zooming ability allows the focal length to be adjusted without the over-all length of the lens changing. Filters, such as circular polarizers and other special effects, can be used, and thanks to the internal focusing mechanism the filter will not move during focusing. The AF 193 handles and travels easily due to its compact design and lightweight materials. Which is important because now you can have the benefits of a super-wide angle zoom lens with you all the time!

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Camera Mount Format: CanonNikon and Pentax

Lens Type: Zoom Lens

Focal Length: 19mm - 35mm

Lens Max Aperture: f/3.5-f/4.5

Min Aperture: f/22

Focus Type: Autofocus

Macro Lens: Without Macro Lens

Closest Focusing Distance: 15.6 in

Picture Angle: 63 - 98 degrees

Attachment / Filter Size: 77 mm

Groups / Elements: 13 Elements in 11 Groups


Diameter: 3.2 in

Length: 3 in

Weight: 13.76 oz


Bang for the Buck, April 16, 2009

By J. Rzeczycki (East Tennessee)

This is an excellent lens for the money - very sharp and has very nice colors. It's built much better than most kit lenses and is a big step up over the kit lens for this price.


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