Question about Tokina 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 AT-X 107 AF Lens

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I brought a tokina 10-17 mm lens primarily for underwater photography. When I went to use the lens for the first time the zoom ring came away from the lens housing, leaving my lens in two pieces. On closer inspection I found that these parts are held together with a piece of black tape and glue. I am told by the company who supplied the lens that this is not a manufacturers defect and as such not covered under warranty. Is this the normal way in which these lenses are assembled and if so wouldn't this make it a manufacturers defect. Please advise this is a brand new lens brought through DWI

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Barrel distortion like you describe can always be a problem, especially at ultra-wide focal lengths like yours at 12mm. Some of this can be compensated for in software... Adobe Photoshop CS2 and Elements do a reasonable job, IMO, Bibble Pro (www.bibblelabs.com) does even better, especially with the 3rd party plugins like Percy perspective correction. These are things we have to live with when we have smaller sensors and ultra-wide angle lenses. There is nothing wrong with your lens, you will probably find that this distortion is minimized if you use a longer focal length (say 14mm) and/or stop down the lens a bit.. try f8, wide angle lenses have huge depth of field.

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