Mazda Philippines Booth - 6th Philippine International Motor Show
Tokina is not new to the fisheye lens game. They introduce 10-17mm or AT-X 107 DX way back 2008. Built quality is comparable with their pro lineups which are compact and solid.
The lens provides full fisheye coverage at 180° field of view of the frame for APSC sensor at 10mm. As for fullframe sensor, it can be achieved at 15mm. Unlike circular or fisheye primes which will give you circular image with black corners.
The rear optical group of the lens contains 1 SD (Super-Low Dispersion) glass element. Reducing the number of elements (pieces of glass) needed in the optical design. As a result it focuses faster, more compact and lightweight. It only weighs 12. oz (350g) making it 35% lighter and 60% cheaper than competing brand.
One of the nice feature of this lens is how it controls glare. Typically, an ultra-wide angle and fisheye prime lens produces a glare effect if shot against a reflective subject. On this case, it handles pretty well
The front element of lens has a new formulated WR or “Water Repellent" optical coating on the glass. It makes marks like water spots or fingerprints easier to clean than standard multi-coating.
Aside from glares, it can handle backlit scenes very well. It still retains details from the shadows.
Bonifacio Global City. Shot at broad daylight at 10mm, F8.0, ISO 100, 1/250s
What about night shooting? Well with lens this small, aperture is usually compromised. But thanks to engineers at Tokina, they were able to fit a wide aperture range of F3.5 to F4.5. Allowing it to be a capable low light shooter.
Starbucks - Temple Drive, 3 shots handheld panorama at F3.5, ISO 3200 with Tokina AT-X 107 DX at 10mm (APSC sensor)
Aside from the optics quality, one of the key feature is zoom range. This one of a kind fisheye lens has a focal length starting from 10mm to 17mm (15mm to 25mm on APSC). Giving you flexibility on what you can capture. Unlike fisheye primes which only gives limited focal length.
View from my apartment. Long exposure shot at 10mm on an APSC sensor
As stated above, capturing a scene at 10mm from an APSC camera will give you a fullscreen fisheye image. It encompasses 180° of the scene from corner to corner with no black borders. Meaning, every pixel of your camera sensor are being utilized giving your photographs a much higher resolution.
This lens is not only designed with crop-sensors in mind but fullframe users can take advantage of the coverage at 15mm FOV with no visible black corners as well.
At 17mm, it will give you a wider field of view than rectilinear equivalent. Making your image more dramatic and interesting.
Kids playing in the streets of Manila, lens distortion corrected in Lightroom
Due to len's optics quality and zoom range, it is now gaining popularity among fullframe users.
To cater this growing demand Tokina released a new version, AT-X 107 NH. It has the same lens design and construction built of the original version. But the only difference, it doesn't have built-in lens hood.
As a result, it produces wider field of view at 10mm in on a semi-circular fisheye projection. Normally, this type of shot is needed to reduce the amount images required to create a 360 panorama.
Semi-circular View at 10mm on Fullframe Sensor
With all the great features of this lens, no wonder I choose this over other brands in producing high-quality grade 360 photographs.