Tokina AF 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 AT-X DX Fisheye - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Nikon / Nikkor (APS-C)

Sample Images

Here're a few sample images taken with the D70s and D200 and RAW-converted via ACR. These images were kindly provided by HOLGER WINKELMANN. Click on a thumbnail to view the original file (opens in a separate window). Please note that the originals are FULL SIZE samples (=several megabytes) thus requiring a significant amount of bandwidth so please take care of the limited resources here.

Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D70s
ISO Speed
Focal Length 10.0mm
Exposure Data: f/7.1 @ 1/200s
Size 2000x2821
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 10.0mm
Exposure Data: f/8.0 @ 1/125s
Size 2592x3872
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 10.0mm
Exposure Data: f/3.5 @ 1/25s
Size 2000x1339
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 10.0mm
Exposure Data: f/10.0 @ 0.4s
Size 3872x2592

Verdict

Fisheye lenses are special effect items so the sheer optical quality is not really a primary aspect. However, the Tokina does generally a very good job. It sharp enough for its purpose and the high degree of barrel distortion is naturally a feature to enjoy and not a bug. However, the Tokina lens clearly has some downsides. The primary weaknesses are chromatic aberrations (color shadows at the borders) and, more so, purple fringing (color blooming). Lateral CAs can be reduced easily via imaging tools but this is more difficult with PF. Compared to similar products such as the Nikkor AF 10.5mm f/2.8 DX or Olympus Digital Zuiko 8mm f/3.5 the price of the Tokina lens is very attractive at around 500€/US$. The Tokina has a superb build quality. Typical for fisheye lenses it's a hell of a fun to use but remember that this is not a mainstream lens like conventional (corrected) ultra-wide lenses.

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