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Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM

Review Date: May 25, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $650.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Great image quality even wide-open, state of the art stabilization, small, light
Introductory price was high, still not cheap after a few rebates

The majority of my work is inside museums, with static subjects and poor light. Tripods are usually forbidden, often flash is prohibited too. This lens is perfect for the job, since I don't need thin deep of field and a 3/4 stop stabilization is worth more than faster aperture in such scenarios.

Canon's f/1.4 alternative is great, but it's also bigger, heavier and much more expensive. Unless you really need f/1.4, either for controlling the deep of field or for moving subjects, this can be an excellent alternatives.

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

Review Date: Nov 13, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $900.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Superb build quality. Very low distortion for an UWA. Optically great, even better than lens that cost twice
Heavy, bulky, not well suited for filters

I was happy with Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 (first version) on my Canon APS-C cameras, so this was an obvious choice when I moved to full-frame.

It's heavy and bulky. The auto-focus isn't blazing fast, but accurate, fast enough for an UWA.

Build quality is superb, as we expect from Tokina. Image quality is great. I think it competes well with much more expensive alternatives, and I am not alone feeling that way:

Distortion is minimal, a great achievement in this focal range.

Compared to my Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 and Tokina 16-50 f/2.8 this one handles flares better (poor flares handling has been an issue on many Tokina lenses). I assume the new coating advertised by Tokina isn't just marketing junk after all :-)
Still I feel Canon lenses tend to do a bit better with flares.

In many ways it feels the full-frame equivalent of Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 and it deserves the same praises.