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Tokina AF 19-35mm f/3.5-4.5 (193)

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Tokina AF 19-35mm f/3.5-4.5 (193)

Official description from Tokina:

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!
Mount availability: Canon EOS, Minolta AF, Nikon-D, Pentax AF
Focal length: 19 to 35mm
Maximum aperture: f/3.5-4.5
Minimum aperture: f/22
Optical construction: 13 elements in 11 groups
Coatings: Multi-layer
Angle of view: 98° 40' to 63° 30'
Minimum focus distance: 0.4m (1.3ft)
Focusing system: Internal focusing
Zooming system: Rotary type
Number of diaphragm blades: 6
Filter size: 77mm
Maximum outer diameter: 82mm (3.2" )
Overall length: 80mm (3.0" )
Weight: 390g (14.6oz)

Accessories,optional: Dedicated Lens Hood (BH-774)
Mount Type: Pentax KAF2/KAF (screwdrive AF)
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New Member

Registered: July, 2018
Posts: 14
Lens Review Date: October 15, 2019 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $50.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: relatively light, sharp, relatively cheap
Cons: coulb be smaller and brighter
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 7    Bokeh: 5    Handling: 8    Value: 8    Camera Used: a6000, K1000, Pentax ME super   

bought this lens while searching for an affordable ultra wide for my crop Sony A6000. My Tokina copy has a very rare Pentax K mount. For the a6000 this is not an issue because there are adapters for all manufacturers for Sony e mount.

I was looking for an cheap alternative for the a6000 kit lens and tried many lenses, but to this day the small kit lens ( for modern, digital porposes) is still is the best.
Good, sharp vintage ultra wide angle lenses or primes are VERY rare, if there are any. Zeiss Flektogon 20mm, Takumar 17 or 20mm, Nikon 20mm, Minolta 17mm..
you name it, but they are pricey, and STILL not as good as the sharp, stabilized AF a6000 kit lens..ok, no wonder because all these were not calculated for a 24MP mirrorless digital cam. And it is a 1,5 crop camera, so even if you use a 17mm it becomes a 35mm.

This year I started shooting on film again on a Pentax K1000 and lately the ME super. I got the K1000 at a fleamarket for 12 Euros just because I was curious how REAL FULL FRAME 19 to 35mm look on film. It makes such a great difference.

I develop my B/W films at home, easy job, great fun and you learn a lot about real photography..every time you come home with a shot roll you wonder how it all came out..

I used Tokina in the 90ies and now again, they are affordable sharp lenses. One of my favorites is the fully manual AT-X 60-120mm f2.8.
The RMC 24mm is also very nice. The Tokina AF 193 is similar to other Tokinas I used and use, it is very sharp from f5,6 and does not get much sharper above f8.

CA's are and have always been a typical Tokina ' feature', but I correct them in LR or PS. AF would be nice, but MF is ok. Tokinas often flare.

I wish the focusing screen was a bit brighter, like compared to a M 50mm f1.7 prime. 19 to 35mm is very usable on film.

One of the few ultra wide FF lenses with an aperture ring.

..and, DON'T confuse the Tokina AF 193 with the somehow similar looking but much worse Voigtländer, Soligor or Cosina branded ones with the same focal lenght of 19-35mm..these are the real cheapos.

New Member

Registered: July, 2013
Posts: 5
Lens Review Date: September 21, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $70.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Cheap, Internal Zoom, quick AF, built quality, color rendition
Cons: Flare-Machine(!!), wide open a bit softy, barrel distorsion
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 7    Handling: 9    Value: 9    Camera Used: K20D, K200D   

I bought my Copy used from ebay.
Built quality is still good and the internal zoom is very useful. But it is just a semi-internal Focus.
The overall lenght does not change while focussing and the Filter Ring does not rotate. But the front Element rotates within the Filter Ring...tricky construction
But this tricky construction makes it possible to use a Polarisation-Filter on it.

Color rendition is very nice but the contrast lacks when used without a hood.
Unfortunately my copy came without a Hood, so that i must look for a suitable one.
In my opinion, the AF is fast enought.
But the Lens is very soft wide open, stopped down it's quite sharp.
It produces flares....and without Lens hood it does much of them! Name it a Flare-Machine and you will right!
It also produces awfully barrel distortions @ 19mm.
Some People may call it a light fisheye-effect^^ >> don't wonder why

The Lens is built from Metall and Plastic with rubbered zoom and focus Rings.
Good haptics overall. I love it!

Overall it's a nice walk-around Lense with some weaken on it.
Site Supporter

Registered: February, 2009
Posts: 563
Lens Review Date: April 13, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $138.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: weight
Cons: size
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 6    Handling: 8    Value: 8    Camera Used: k-7   

the copy which i have is still soft, the reason why i brought though i had promaster spectrum 7 19-35 f3.4-4.5 was that all thinsg being equal, this copy would have a better micro contrast, that it has.
My reading of the lens may be biased as it feels that a lot of rejects not previously sold are not marked and disassembled, but being launched in the marked by japanese sellers (i brought this from MK Japan), i opened the rear, found the aperture misaligned thus F- was locking randomly), excessive glue creating misalignment, am yet to work on the helicoid as 19mm is not 19 but 20, i ought to have returned but ran into wall of Indian post office- Indian bureaucracy which said that we dont ship lens Internationally (albeit against the Berne convention) -thats India, FEDEX/DHL is over USD 50, total loss.
In sum Promaster to me is much sharper IQ is better save the color rendetion.
I think enough of Tokinas, unless i buy from authorised dealer with warranty in INDIA.
well since i found it economically unviable to do a return, i spent time trying to fix the same.
removed a washer (yes a washer) from the rear group of lens elements, refixed the infinity setting from the front and have reached this level see pic. sum n substance its defective lens/ and a bad attempt to fix. a lot comming from japan.

P.S. The issue then is the convenience of shopping online has to be based on the cost and inconvenience. for a relatively small to medium ticket item say here, the costs involve the cost of the product, shipping charges, then one pays custom duties, one factors all these . whwn one purchases its legally binding for the seller to ship products as described, misdescribed products(namely useable with limted function as AF lens useable as MF lens, front glass scratched image is impacted only on bright direct sunlight) the seller carries civil liability for damages. but the probability that one would bother to return as the cost of return may be half of what is spent to buy is the game plan these sellers are playing with, do factor this possibility as this is MK JAPAN's gameplan, or say a limited lens described as few scratches on the front and rear elemants thus discounted 15% . I have opened lens aligned infinity focus, fixed autopin of m42 lens thus could handle the issue but that takes time and not what u have bargained for , here if was sold as AF lens but on raising issue was told to use as MF with a price paid for AF lens of similiar kind, had no infinity (did not lock on infinty) on AF. BEWARE do not attempt purchase unless u are willing to invest time in repairing or spending for repair, do factor such costs when purchasing. I spent over 4 hours fixing the issues.
well presently sharp as ever without issues, but then I brought AT-X pro 20-35/2.8 with its standard back focusing issue. well so much
New Member

Registered: December, 2013
Posts: 23
Lens Review Date: December 20, 2013 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $175.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Hoya glass, solid built, sharp, good contrast
Cons: no hood, you need to find it and hard to find...
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 9    Value: 10   

Extraordinary, built like a battleship. I compared the performance of this lens to my Sigma 24-70 EX DG and I find that Tokina holds up well in the comparison. The best images from the Sigma were no sharper than those from the Tokina at the same focal length. This says a lot considering the reputation the Sigma 24-70 has for image quality. CA levels were comparible between the Sigma and Tokina also (in short, VERY low and in controllable amounts). Recommended as a good value. Performance and image quality are quite acceptable considering price. I would buy another if I needed one....
New Member

Registered: December, 2013
Posts: 1
Lens Review Date: December 3, 2013 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $170.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: very sharp, wide enough, ergonomic
Cons: a bit old fashion
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 10    Value: 9   

Good choice for the person that needs the versatillity of a wide angle zoom lens.
Take it to sports events, family outings or on vacation for those wide vistas.
A little bit old fashion but af is still very fast with k bodies
New Member

Registered: July, 2013
Posts: 1

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: July 23, 2013 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $130.00 | Rating: 7 

Pros: Inexpensive, quick AF
Cons: Poorly fitting hood, average optical performance, short zoom range
Sharpness: 7    Aberrations: 7    Bokeh: 7    Handling: 8    Value: 6   

Bought this lens in 2007 as a foundation lens for my new digital SLR. Popular Photography highly recommended the lens on a price vs. performance basis.

My opinion is a little less enthusiastic. Sharpness, color rendition and contrast are all just average. As one reviewer said, flare can be a problem, but I mitigated that by getting the dedicated hood. Oh, another con - the hood fit so tight that once installed, I've never taken it off the lens again. Scared that doing so will strip or break the bayonet notches.

A decent lens, but there are better choices out there, with larger zoom range, smaller size, and equivalent (or better) optical performance for similar dollars.
New Member

Registered: December, 2012
Location: Moscow
Posts: 13

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: June 3, 2013 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $145.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Weight, IQ/Price ratio, quick AF, internal zoom
Cons: 77mm filters, flare
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 7    Bokeh: 7    Handling: 8    Value: 9   

It calls "Plastic Fantastic" - and that's true. Don't underestimate lens by the plastic shape. For the moderate reasonable price you can have real good IQ. Wide angle, light-weight, really sharp - I only wish it could be 67mm instead of 77!

You should always have hood on this lens - flares and purple fringes are your constant enemies. But if you succeed - wonderful colors are yours!

Yes, it is not the FA-bulous 20-35/4, but it is good enough and costs twice less. - shots made by this lens.
Site Supporter

Registered: November, 2010
Location: California
Posts: 2,223

4 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: February 1, 2011 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $135.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sturdy, well-built, very fast, wide angle, quick focus, sharpe, wide range
Cons: None so far

I bought this lens from Ebay without knowing much about it, just because I liked the looks of it. As it turnout, it replaced my DA 18-50mm kit lens. This is the lens I carry up and down, plus a zoom. I am absolute impressed with this lens and am searching and studying and comparing the whole Tokina line to make sure I do not miss any. I have not found anything that I do not like on this lens. I strongly recommend it.
The lens is heavy and feels and looks like built to last. It is easy to use manually, as well as automatic focus.

Update: I bought the hood from B&H. I had to wait six months after I ordered. It is not that big, but helps a lot in plain sunshine.
New Member

Registered: April, 2009
Posts: 4
Lens Review Date: February 27, 2010 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $150.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: beautiful colors, best HOYA glas, solid build, full image circle
Cons: production stopped

I love this lens - as popphoto said - you have to buy it. Great colors, full image circle and on my PENTAX K10D (APS-C 10MP) sharp till the corners.
Veteran Member

Registered: December, 2007
Location: In the most populated state... state of denial
Posts: 1,141
Lens Review Date: July 27, 2009 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $50.00 | Rating: 7 

Pros: price, size
Cons: flare

Really cool in the low-end range, since it is a rectilinear wide-angle.

Printable Lens hood here:

Registered: June, 2008
Location: Idaho
Posts: 865

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: January 12, 2009 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $150.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Good lens for the price
Cons: a bit soft and lower contrast at maximum aperture

At the time I purchased this lens, it was rated above average and provided an extension to the wide angle options my other Pentax 28-200mm zoom gave. I've used it for a number of pictorial shots and have been quite happy with the results. It's been with me for more than 10 years and I can't complain about the construction being "wimpy". It did sell with a bayonet mount lens shade which I have, but the shade is so small in stature that I rarely resort to using it (I usually provide a shade from the direct sun with my hand or something else rather than dig out the shade). If the direct sun hits the front element, it will flare depending on the sun's angle. Installing the shade also interferes with filter changing. Varifocal so needs to be refocused for each focal length change (no problem with auto-focus). At the widest end (19mm), two standard thickness filters will cause vignetting (one passes ok). Very reasonable performance when cost considered.

Addenda: I had problems with my regular telephoto recently and the only lens at hand was my Tokina so I shot at 35mm with my K-1 (fairly well stopped down). I was really surprised with the result. I could enlarge the image to the equivalent of a 150-200mm FF shot and it still looked sharp. Part of the success goes to the K-1 which pulls a lot of resolution out of any lens capable of it, but I'm pretty happy about the Tokina performance. One note, be sure to use a thin ring filter or polarizer as the "wideness" of this lens can make a thick ring filter vignette (particularly at the 19mm end). Of course that wouldn't be a problem with APSC cameras, but the FF K-1 is more particular.
Senior Member

Registered: September, 2008
Location: Quezon City, Philippines
Posts: 168
Lens Review Date: January 5, 2009 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $100.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: light, good picture quality, internal focus and zoom, therefore does not extend a whit when zooming or focusing
Cons: for some reason instead of 19mm on the wide side, it registers as 20mm

very happy with it, light on the K100D and does not lengthen when focusing or zooming. great people pictures, quick focus.

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: April 6, 2008 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $150.00 | Rating: 7 

Pros: good for the price, compact for this build quality and focal length

This lens was great value for the price. It wasn't as great as I hoped so I sold it and went for a Tamron SP 17-35. The Tamron is slightly better, but cost more at the time. This is a lens I'd be happy to suggest if the price was right for your budget. It also does not have extreme problems with lens flare as many of the older (manual focus third party) wide angle lenses tended to have.
Otis Memorial Pentaxian

Registered: March, 2007
Location: Vancouver (USA)
Posts: 34,287

2 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: March 26, 2008 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $118.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Good performance, low price, relatively good build
Cons: 77mm filter, bulkier and heavier than the Pentax kit lens

I was a little skeptical of the "plastic fantastic" claim, but for the price, this one is pretty hard to beat. It has better resolution and contrast and lower distortion than the Pentax kit (based on my personal test shots). CA is well-controlled and I did not experience significant purple fringing. While the body is plastic, it is pretty darned nice plastic. There is nothing cheap about the way this lens feels or handles. Zoom and manual focus is smooth and the "tire-tread" grips feel good to the fingers.

I bought this lens new on eBay for $118 as a gift for my daughter and was lucky enough to have the seller include the lens hood. (Yes, it is essential...) After a couple of dozen test shots, I was hesitant to follow through on the gift! She recently took it to Antarctica and it functioned flawlessly under some pretty rough conditions. The pictures look pretty good too!
Senior Member

Registered: January, 2007
Location: Phoenix, AZ USA
Posts: 165

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: March 23, 2008 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $123.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Sharp images and very affordable
Cons: Tokina lens hood is a separate and pricey option

It's a great lens for the price. I haven't noticed any purple fringing or distortion on landscape photos but I may not notice it if it jumped out and bit me. A cheap rubber hood should take care of potential flaring. The images are very sharp.
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