Tokina 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 AF DX

The Tokina 10-17mm offers a 15-26mm full-frame equivalent (16-27mm on Canon D-SLRs) and features a zoom range.

Tokina 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 AF DX

Tokina 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 AF DX

Its fisheye coverage offers angles of view of 180º at 10mm to 1000 at 17mm (167-93º on a Canon D-SLR). The lens features a Super Low Dispersion(SD) lens element to reduce chromatic aberration and a Water Repellant (WR) coating to aid cleaning and repel moisture and oils.

It doesn’t have a focusing motor built-in so won’t allow for autofocus on D-SLR models that lack a focusing motor built-in to the body. This shouldn’t pose too much of a problem as the action on the focus ring is nicely fluid, if a little clunky at the extremes of motion. Autofocus was very quick and locked-on effortlessly, but image quality was a little soft at the wider apertures. 

The zoom and focusing rings offer different grips to help you distinguish between them when looking through the viewfinder and this is particularly helpful when using manual focus. A lens cap is included to protect to front element.

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This review was first published in the September 2011 issue of Digital Photo - download back issues here.