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Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

Review Date: Apr 5, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $625.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: close focusing, sharp
costs a bit much

Once I got used to this lens, I started really liking it. At 22mm, I think it is sharper (or at least focuses better) than the Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 prime lens.

I'd also consider the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8.

Tokina 28-70mm f/2.8 AT-X 287 AF PRO SV

Review Date: Mar 16, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $150.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Excellent color and sharpness
Heavier than a prime - but then again, it isn't a prime! Also, no silent focus (ie: USM, SDM, etc)

I was really after a Tokina wide angle which disappointed me - see my other review) and this lens was included in the bundle.

I was very impressed with this one though. Of all the zooms I have owned (Sigma EX series, Tamron SP series, Tokina and Pentax FA series). This lens performed almost like a prime. In fact, it was the only third party zoom lens considered worth keeping based on image quality.

Unforunately I no longer use this lens because fungus started growing in it after a flood at home. I'd considering repurchasing this one.

Tokina 19-35mm f/3.5-4.5 AF 193

Review Date: Mar 16, 2008 Recommend? no | Price paid: $150.00 | Rating: 6 

Pros: decent control of flare
not as contrasty or sharp as I had hoped

I was searching for an "ultra wide angle" lens and this was one that I tried. It was better than the Tamron SP 17mm (Adaptall) and about the same as the Vivitar 19mm Series 1. Actually, it is better than the Vivitar which very easily had flare issues from the sunlight being anywhere in the front 120 degrees.

The Tamron SP17-35 was the one I tested and up keeping. This Tokina was OK, but I was not impressed.

Tamron 90MM F/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 SP AF

Review Date: Mar 16, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $475.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Excellent sharpness - even wide open, great bokeh, durable, light weight
no silent focus (ie: USM/SDM) option

This lens impressed me with film and has completely spoiled me with digital. I have been searching for years for lenses that are of such quality and have found nothing.

It is excellent as a portrait lens, which I understand is rare for a macro since the bokeh on most macro lenses is not as smooth as you will find on this model. Most of the shots I take with this lens are not macro and most of what I take with this lens ends up being keepers.

(note price paid was actually 299 - about $475 at the time)