First Tokina SZ 8mm f/2.8 E FISH-EYE Review

Tokina SZ 8mm F2.8 E FISH-EYE: B&H Photo / Amazon

Christopher Frost posted his full review of the Tokina SZ 8mm f/2.8 E FISH-EYE after the announcement the other day. Below are excerpts from the above video.

  • Autofocus is rarely needed on this wide of a lens
  • Will launch for around $300
  • 180 Degree field of view
  • Can offer a lovely new challenge especially if it is your first
  • Not quite full-circle coverage for full-frame
  • Very light
  • No weather sealing
  • Aperture ring at the back of the lens and it is clickless
  • Manual focus ring at infinity is in focus as close at 3m
  • Bulbous front element
  • Removable hood which is useful on a full-frame camera
  • Very solid build quality
  • At f/2.8 great sharpness can contrast in the center out to the very edges
  • The very edges only slightly increase at f/11
  • Overall a sharp lens
  • Very little vignetting
  • A fair bit of color fringing which is normal for a fisheye
  • Not too hard of a central pinch at the middle
  • Similar to the Samyang 8mm fisheye
  • Can focus down to 10cm which is very close
  • Still sharp even close-ups
  • There is flaring and some chroma smearing in the dark
  • Sun stars at f/16 are ok
  • Bokah is only present when shooting up close but the quality is only ok
  • Good value for money and recommended if you want a fish eye lens

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