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Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8 AT-X PRO FX SD

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Review Date: Jan 5, 2016 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $750.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Excellent sharpness at 16-20 mm, very good at 24 and 28mm. Good resistance to CA. Price.
Cons:
Prone to flare, heavy, requires expensive Wonderpana solution for fitting filters.

I bought this lens because from the reviews it appeared to be the best wide angle zoom for Canon EF mount, irrespective of price. It easily beats the 16-35 II in all parameters, being superb in the 16-20 range when stopped down. Aparently the corners are soft wide open, but I never use this setting for landscapes which is what the primary application of this lens would be.


Its weakness is in the corners at 28mm although it is still very good (better than any Canon UWA zoom), but at this focal length I have my Contax Carl Zeiss 28mm F2.8 if I'm being super fussy.


Being F2.8, the lens is quite heavy. As I shoot landscape, all I'd ask for is a F4.0 zoom that is sharp in the corners from F8.0-11, but such a beast does not exist. If Canon get off the a$$ and release a 17-40II that meets these requirements I would get that, but until then this lens is it.


It is prone to flare in direct sunlight, but this is a common trait amongst UWA lenses.


Don't let the filter aspect put you off; I use the Wonderpana system for CPL/UV and split ND filters and it works a treat, although the bulk it adds make storage a bit of a pain. Given that the Tokina destroys the Canon 17-40 and beats the 16-35II at less than half the price, I am more than willing to live with it.


Highly recommended.

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