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

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Review Date: Jan 18, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $220.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Extremely sharp, great MF distance indicator and feels like good quality
Cons:
A bit awkward clutch in the MF

I sold the Canon kit-linse 18-55 and bought a Canon 24-105 IS. Thus I needed something more wide, and while 10-20, 12-24 or so would have been nice it was a bit to expensive at that time.
This linse is really perfect in most ways. It's extremely sharp compared to the price and with great contrast - well most Canon L have better contrast, but they dont come for $220.

If you cant afford a zoom in the 1x-2x area and dont want a fisheye, this one is perfect.

Its used on a 20D so I cant say how it would FF, but on a 1.6x nothing negative can be said.

Well, one little negative thing. On AF its not USM and not the fastest fox in the forrest. But its a wide, so no problemo. Switching to MF is done by first swithing a switch (like normal) to MF and then "pulling" the focus ring when its placed on a certain spot. Since its a wide linse and not a tele I dont see it as a big problem, but this part could be improved.