Tokina SZ 8mm f/2.8 Fish-Eye - Review / Test report
Lens Reviews - Fujifilm X

Review by Klaus Schroiff, published February 2022

Introduction

First of all, I've to admit something - I'm one of the oddballs who love fish-eye lenses. Not always but often. Maybe it relates to the sea of conventional lenses that find their way into our lab and everything unusual is a welcome distraction. So in any case I have got a favorable bias. Thus the offer for reviewing the new Tokina SZ 8mm f/2.8 Fish-Eye was very welcomed. It's a fully manual, APS-C mount lens for X- and E-mount. The lens is very compact and lightweight - as it should be. Fish-eye lenses are exotics and shouldn't be a burden to carry around with your other gear. Available for less than $300/330EUR, it's very reasonably priced, too.

The build quality of the Tokina SZ 8mm f/2.8 Fish-Eye is very nice indeed. It's an all-metal construction with a smooth focus ring and a clickless aperture ring. There's no wobbling whatsoever. The lens hood can be detached to use with full-frame mirrorless cameras for achieving circular fisheye effect - that's in E-mount only, of course, but we weren't able to verify this with the X-mount version used for testing. However, it's likely that it'll produce some mechanical vignetting at the top & bottom as do other APS-C format 8mm-ish fisheye lenses when used on full-format cameras.

Due to the manual nature of the lens, there's no EXIF data, no AF and no camera-controlled aperture. Given the immense depth-of-field this is hardly an issue though. If you set the focus to ~1.5m and your average scene will be in focus even at f/2.8. That being said - the lens allows you to focus down to 0.1m which allows an object magnification of 1:10. That's not too shabby for such a lens.

Specifications
Equivalent focal length (full-format)"12mm" (Fish-eye)
Equivalent aperture (depth-of-field, full-format)"f/3"
Optical construction11 elements in 9 groups
Number of aperture blades7
min. focus distance0.1m (max. magnification 1:10)
Dimensions52.3x59.8mm
Weight280g
Filter size-
Hoodpetal-shaped (bayonet mount, detachable, supplied)
Other features-
MountsFujifilm X, Sony E