by Michael Zeigler
Having a wide-angle lens that has a very close focusing distance and a wide field of view can help an underwater photographer create very dynamic photographs. That being said, the Tokina 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 AT-X 107 AF DX fisheye lens is arguably the most popular underwater wide-angle lens for Nikon and Canon APS-C cameras.
Its minimum focus distance of just 5.5” and its zoom range from a 100º angle of view to a full 180º angle of view at makes it a no-brainer. The Tokina 10-17 performs very well behind 8 or 9 inch dome ports, as well as smaller domes like the popular Zen 100mm mini dome.
Whether you are shooting seascapes, split shots, or close-focus wide-angle, the versatile Tokina 10-17 fisheye is something, in my opinion, you should have in your kit if you shoot an APS-C SLR.
Michael Zeigler is a contributor, instructor, and trip leader for Samy’s Underwater Photo & Video, as well as an AAUS Scientific Diver. More of Michael’s underwater photography can be seen at www.seainfocus.com. For the latest information on workshops and trips, sign up for our newsletter.