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Tokina 17mm f/3.5 AT-X 17 AF PRO

Review Date: Oct 15, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $225.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Extremely Sharp,Excellent Build Quality,Great Optics,Fast AF
Useless Lense Hood, Hunts In Dim Light On AF, I Use Mostly As MF

This was an ebay find, I couldn't believe no one else bid on it, It was during a holiday week-end,perhaps camera hounds were out sippin a few having bar-b-ques with the family, what-ever, I got a deal, and its an excellent lense, which I can use on both DSLR for average wideangle, or on SLR for 104 degree view. I don't like the focus engage disengage feature. So when is Tokina going to make a 14mm ?? Both Tamron, and Sigma do..Seriously though If you want a nice wide angle optic grab this and a polarizer and head to your favorite places with both a DSLR and an SLR..Leave the lense hood at home........

Tamron 28-300MM F/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD VC AF

Review Date: Sep 12, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Well Built, Sharp,Great Zoom Range
None To Complain Of

This may not be the same lense..I just bought the earlier Tamron 28-300 LD Asperical model # 285DN, new on close out from a canadian company. The lense I got has a 72mm front filter thread and not the 62mm as is sold now. The weight of my lense is 20.6 ounces compared to the 14.1 ounces of the current lense. Perhaps it was redesigned. I find mine to be an excellent walk around lense. I tripod or monopod should be used when extended to the minimum aperture does become the F 6.3..Also my camera is the earlier Kodak DCS 330, which has a 1.9 crop factor on the sensor which is 22mm diagonally. Thus this lense becomes a 53mm to 570mm for my purposes, and is great for sports, wildlife, and general photography, couple with my 17mm the two make a great combination. So I am curious why such a well built lense,that was obviously superior, with LD and aspheric hybrid glasses, was sacrificed to make the current, lighter, version, that seems to have so many condemning reviews. The model 285DN 28-300 is great..and a hefty piece of glass, well built..What they sell now is perhaps different, But the 285DN had a list of $800.00..still sells in LA for $400.00 in Black finish..I got mine in Silver Finish with an awesome lense shade, and caps, and full warrantee, for $170.00 with shipping and insurance