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Tokina AT-X 107 DX AF Fish-Eye 10-17 mm f/3.5-4.5

Tokina AT-X 107 DX AF Fish-Eye 10-17 mm f/3.5-4.5
30 September 2007
Arkadiusz Olech

1. Introduction

Originally posted 2007-01-15 on Optyczne.pl

When the APS-C/DX detector, which is much smaller than a 35 mm film frame, was introduced, its manufacturers had to deal with a lack of wide-angle lenses. Because of the new and smaller detector size, as well as its focal length multiplier, the classic 28 mm focal length wide-angle lens became a standard lens and the ultra wide-angle 18-22 mm lenses became the standard wide-angle lenses. The most serious case, because of it’s projection, appeared to me as fish-eye lenses, which in full frame showed an angle of 180%. Using them in small detector cameras made the frame angle twice as small – up to 95%.


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Nikon rapidly responded to this problem, releasing its diagonal “fish eye” 10.5 mm focal length, but the price of 600$ wasn’t inviting. Not all the manufacturers, however meet their clients needs. All Canon or Alfa owners are still waiting for such equipment for their DSLR cameras. No wonder everybody has been impatiently waiting for the Tokina 10-17 mm, which was announced over a year ago and which on its small detector was to offer a 180 to 100 degree field of view. Immediately after the Tokina 10-17 mm appeared on the market, Polish distributor asked us to test it and we could not wait to see it performing in practice.



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