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Tokina 16-50mm f/2.8 AT-X 165 AF PRO DX SD

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Review Date: Jan 25, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: High image quality even wide open. Quick auto focus with nice manual override. Constant f2.8 in a rugged body. New price is midway between the Canon and Tamron alternatives.
Cons:
None really, as long as 2.8 is fast enough for conditions.

I have used this lens on 40D and 50D with great results for about 18 months. I watch out for camera tilt when taking people pictures at 16mm, but that is not a lens problem.

The colors and contrast are excellent. I rented a Canon 17-55 before I got this lens and it may have had a little higher image quality, but this one beats it for build and price. It is a little heavier, but not a whole lot. The finish on it will look good for many years, based on my experience with other Tokina lenses.


 
Tokina 28-80mm f/2.8 AT-X 280 AF PRO

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Review Date: Aug 7, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharpness excellent. Flare well controlled. Autofocus speed adequate. Contrast and color excellent. Price for performance top notch.
Cons:
Heavy. Canon 24-70 f2.8 is faster focusing, slightly sharper and better contrast, but about same weight and 3 times the cost.

This has been my normal lens for 4 years on Canon A2, 10D and 20D bodies. I have thought of other lenses at various times and rented a Canon 24-70 for a wedding. I still like this lens a lot.