OpticalLimits: Tokina SZ 8mm F2.8 X Review

Tokina SZ 8mm F2.8 X FISH-EYE: Amazon

Optical Limits published its Tokina SZ 8mm F2.8 X FISH-EYE review and the lens isn’t even available yet, but it sounds like they enjoyed putting the review together. Fujifilm doesn’t have a fish-eye lens of its own, but there are several quality fish-eye lenses available from 3rd party manufacturers. Below is an excerpt from the review or you can view the full review here.

I had quite some fun with the lens out there when producing the sample images – and for most of us, this is what photography is all about. Yes, the Tokina SZ 8mm f/2.8 Fish-Eye isn’t a perfect lens. This is most obvious in low-light situations where soft corners are obvious at large-aperture settings. Some post-processing will be required to reduce the CAs, purple fringing and, maybe, vignetting. Once you stop down, the quality improves substantially. The center is tack sharp anyway and the corners recover nicely at medium aperture settings. The barrel distortion is massive, of course. You could de-fish your images but then why would you want to do so… you can produce aperture artifacts in your images when shooting into the sun, the lens is fairly flare-resistant within its scope.

The build quality is very good thanks to an all-metal construction and smooth controls. However, it’s an all manual lens. Due to the immense depth-of-field, this is nothing to be afraid of normally. The clickless aperture is surely appreciated by video makers. Photographers may not like it as much but yours truly had no problems with this.

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