Tokina 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 AT-X 107 AF DX Fisheye
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(From Tokina lens literature) The new Tokina AT-X 107 DX is a full-frame fish-eye lens that gives the photographer a 180 degree field of view with dramatic curvature of field or "fish-eye" effect. With this lens an entire view or vista can be captured, wider than the human eye can see. The AT-X 107 opens an entirely new dimension of photography.
The front element of the AT-X 107 DX has a newly formulated WP or "Water Proof" optical coating on the glass. This new coating makes marks such as spots left by water or finger-prints much easier to clean than standard multi-coating.
The rear optical group of the lens contains 1 SD (Super-Low Dispersion) glass element to reduce the number of elements (pieces of glass) in the optical design in order to make the lens more compact, light-weight and faster focusing.
Tokina 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 AT-X 107 AF DX Fisheye User Reviews
10 out of 10 points and recommended by dadgummit (6 reviews)Sharp wide open, great curvature at 10mm close to a rectilinear lens at 17Slow/ loud AF (not an issue because there is not much focus range needed)
For what it is (a fun lens) it is an excellent lens. It is sharp at all focal lengths and all apertures and gives an excellently curved field of view. I took this lens to Chichen Itza Mexico to photograph the Myan Ruins. Everyone and their mother who owns a camera takes tons of pictures there so I figured I would try some different perspectives. Thsi lens did not disapoint!!reviewed August 5th, 2010 (purchased for $450)
Also if you get into a situation where you do not want the exagerated perspective of a fisheye (Taking a picture of the wife) if you zoom in to 17mm the lens is pretty close to rectilinear especially in the center. This makes a good ultra wide walkaround lens for a place that has been photographed to death.
8 out of 10 points and recommended by Lee Jay (16 reviews)Unique range, works on full-frame tooField curvature
Good lens. Above 15mm it doesn't vignette on full-frame. The only trouble is the field curvature which takes a bit of getting used to. Basically, at 4 feet of focus distance, the corners are focused beyond infinity. At 3 feet focus distance, the corners are almost within the DOF wide open, but not quite. At 2 feet the corners are sharp but the center isn't within the DOF wide open.reviewed January 7th, 2007 (purchased for $560)
If you want a sharp image across the frame, you need to stop down to about f8 for DOF, and focus very carefully so everything is within the DOF.