Being able to get within a few inches of your subject can drastically improve the sharpness and contrast of your photos. The Tokina 10-17mm fisheye allows you to do just that. Wakatobi, Indonesia. 1/320, ƒ/16, ISO 160.
Having a wide-angle lens that has a very close focusing distance and a wide field of view can help an underwater photographer create very dynamic photographs. That being said, the Tokina 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 AT-X 107 AF DX fisheye lens is arguably the most popular underwater wide-angle lens for Nikon and Canon APS-C cameras.
The wide, 180º field of view at 10mm makes the Tokina an ideal lens for split shots. Offshore, San Diego, California. 1/400, ƒ/8, ISO 200.
Its minimum focus distance of just 5.5” and its zoom range from a 100º angle of view to a full 180º angle of view at makes it a no-brainer. The Tokina 10-17 performs very well behind 8 or 9 inch dome ports, as well as smaller domes like the popular Zen 100mm mini dome.
Eureka oil platform – Long Beach, California. Nikon D7000 and Tokina 10-17mm fisheye @ 10mm. 1/30, ƒ/11, ISO 640.
Whether you are shooting seascapes, split shots, or close-focus wide-angle, the versatile Tokina 10-17 fisheye is something, in my opinion, you should have in your kit if you shoot an APS-C SLR.
The versatility of the Tokina allowed me to fill the frame with this mutton snapper at 17mm. Sunset House – Grand Cayman. 1/160, ƒ/13, ISO 200.