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

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Review Date: Jan 22, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $200.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: build quality & finish, focus clutch system, price, overall useability, top quality hood
Cons:
weight,& size, soft at f2.8, prone to a little bit of flare

This is a great lens if you are looking for an f 2.8 zoom in this range on a budget, my 70 200L f2.8 spends most of its time on my camera so spending the extra cash on a 28 70 L just is not worth it! I'd rather invest in the longer lenses, That aside this Tokina is a really well made lens that easily matches the build quality of the 70 200L. Optically it is a bit soft if it needs to be used wide open but with the newer digital bodies you can get around this easily by winding up the iso speed ! it really has never been an issue for me, AF speed is fast and accurate and the focus clutch system makes it easy to shift to manual focus if needed in lower light. a very under rated lens which for me is a winner.

 
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM

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Review Date: Jan 5, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $250.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Great range, lightweight, image stabilisation, compliments the 100 400is lens to make a great basic setup.
Cons:
rather flimsy feeling construction compared to some third party lenses in the same price-range,

I have had this lens twice and have found it to be a great allround lens, the Image stabiliser can really make a difference especially if like me you dont like hauling a tripod around.

I often found though that with this lens being quite slow I would often have to bump up the iso setting on my D30 which really is not ideal, probably with the newer bodies like the 20d it would make a better match, however in good light stopped down to F8 this lens can really perform,

A good allrounder I would not hesitate to reccomend it and will probably find one back on my camera again!.