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Tokina 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 Fisheye Underwater Lens Review by Michael Zeigler

Tokina 10-17mm

Crinoid on Sea Fan

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.

Mola Split

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.

Schooling Jack Mackerel

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.

Snapper Stare-down

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.

Tokina 10-17mm FisheyeThe Tokina 10-17mm fisheye lens for both Nikon and Canon is available with free shipping at Samy’s Camera!

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