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11-23-2010, 09:11 AM   #1
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Tokina SL-17 17mm f/3.5 or Sigma 15mm fisheye


I'm looking for a prime wide angle...
I've the opportunity to buy a tokina 17mm f/3.5 manual focus or
I could buy the sigma 15mm which is AF (wider but fish eye)

Now was I wondering which one you guys would buy...

I do not want heavy fisheye effects but I saw some pics taken with sigma which were not very fishy-like - then i started doubting, the sigma is AF also...

Max budget is like 350 euro (saw both for that amount of money) ...

So which one would you suggest or are there viable alternatives for that amount of money?

Kind regards.


11-23-2010, 10:09 AM   #2
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Fisheye 15mm lens is supposed for full frame so the most "fishy" parts of an image are off frame on cropped cameras. trade-off is that it's not as wide as fisheye is supposed to be.

You should also consider Samyang 8mm fisheye. It is as wide is it gets, and at the same time it does not ruin the picture near edges - objects look proportional all over the frame, it's only the big picture that is distorted.

As of tokina, I don't know anything about it really, but it seems like it's not a fisheye which means it's much less "wide" - it's about as wide as 18-55 kit lens at wider end.
11-23-2010, 10:37 AM   #3
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I will assume that you already have the 18-55 kit lens. If you don't use film and they're 350 Euro, skip both, and save a bit more for either the DA 15 limited, Sigma 10-20, or DA 10-17 fisheye. Any of these three will be more useful than those you mentioned. Samyang 8mm should be taken into consideration too as it's really really wide, although it's hard to avoid the fisheye look.
11-23-2010, 12:18 PM   #4
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well it's as wide as Pentax 10-17 but it's much cheaper and has better distortion. Also less CA/PF I think...

on the plus side of 10-17, it's a zoom and AF and you can focus almost to the lens touching things, it's almost a macro in fact.

so it's definitely more fun if you're not into diagonal fisheyes.

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Review of the Tokina 17mm f/3.5:

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