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

30 September 2007
Arkadiusz Olech

11. Summary

Pros:

  • interesting focal lengths range,
  • great quality and sturdy build
  • good picture quality in the center of the frame for 14-17 mm focal length,
  • reasonably small coma,
  • fairly small vignetting
  • great at sharp light correction
  • good autofocus
Cons:
  • very poor picture quality for 10 mm
  • large chromatic aberration especially for the widest angle
  • visible astigmatism for 10 mm focal length
What could we write in the summery? If someone needs an ultra wide-angle zoom, fish-eye type and wants to use it on a small APS-C/DX detector, then there is no other choice than the Tokina. In this situation only a huge test failure would convince clients not to buy it. There was no failure and in many categories the lens achieved very good results. The one problem could be its behavior for 10 mm, where the only way to be content with the picture results is to use a diaphragm in a range of f/8 or f/11. When we try to open the diaphragm a bit more, the results may not be satisfactory. Although the test results for 10 mm might be lowered because of the test procedure problems for determining such a wide field of view, when we look at the picture taken by the Tokina with the widest angle possible and the maximum aperture we can see that the picture quality is not very high. So the weak test result for 10 mm is a fact but in light of other demonstrated problems, we can not say how significant.


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Tokina AT-X 107 DX AF Fish-Eye 10-17 mm f/3.5-4.5 - Summary Tokina AT-X 107 DX AF Fish-Eye 10-17 mm f/3.5-4.5 - Summary Tokina AT-X 107 DX AF Fish-Eye 10-17 mm f/3.5-4.5 - Summary
Camera: Canon 300D
Parameters: 10 mm, f/3.5, exp. 3 sec, ISO 400
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Camera: Canon 300D
Parameters: 10 mm, f/3.5, exp. 1/12 sec, ISO 400
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Camera: Canon 300D
Parameters: 10 mm, f/3.5, exp. 1/10 sec, ISO 400
File: JPG, 3072x2048 pix, 2.9 MB
Tokina AT-X 107 DX AF Fish-Eye 10-17 mm f/3.5-4.5 - Summary Tokina AT-X 107 DX AF Fish-Eye 10-17 mm f/3.5-4.5 - Summary Tokina AT-X 107 DX AF Fish-Eye 10-17 mm f/3.5-4.5 - Summary
Camera:Canon 20D
Parameters: 17 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/1000 sec, ISO 200
File: JPG, 3504x2336 pix, 3.2 MB
Camera: Canon 20D
Parameters: 14 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/1000 sec, ISO 200
File: JPG, 3504x2336 pix, 2.7 MB
Camera: Canon 20D
Parameters: 10 mm, f/11.0, exp. 1/125 sec, ISO 200
File: JPG, 3504x2336 pix, 2.7 MB
Tokina AT-X 107 DX AF Fish-Eye 10-17 mm f/3.5-4.5 - Summary Tokina AT-X 107 DX AF Fish-Eye 10-17 mm f/3.5-4.5 - Summary Tokina AT-X 107 DX AF Fish-Eye 10-17 mm f/3.5-4.5 - Summary
Camera:Canon 20D
Parameters: 10 mm, f/9.0, exp. 1/200 sec, ISO 200
File: JPG, 3504x2336 pix, 4.8 MB
Camera: Canon 20D
Parameters: 17 mm, f/10.0, exp. 1/125 sec, ISO 200
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Camera: Canon 20D
Parameters: 10 mm, f/3.5, exp. 62 sec, ISO 1600
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