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Tokina 100mm f/2.8 AT-X 100 AF PRO D

AT-XM100PRO_D
Review Date: Jun 29, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $400.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: beautiful bokeh!
Cons:
not very sharp unless stopped down

Nice build, beautiful bokeh (really beautiful!), but not very sharp until stopped down. At f4, this lens is much softer than any Canon prime I can compare it to. I tried 3 copies and sent them all back, they were just too soft. Stopped down it will make gorgeous macro images though... much lovelier than my Canon 100 USM macro. I liked the push-pull AF-MF control... not as nice as Canon's FTM design, but intuitive and well thought out. Purple fringes pretty bad on digital too.

 
Canon EF 22-55mm f/4-5.6 USM

ef_22_55mm_f4_56_usm
Review Date: Sep 25, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: small cheap and wide (on FF)
Cons:
not that sharp and tends to flare

Ok, I bought the lens for use on film cameras a while back when it was still offered new. It was a whim purchase based on the unique zoom range it offered. There were no other lenses with this range. It goes quite wide to past normal (on FF)... and I like shooting with a normal perspective, so a 16-35L didn't interest me... it would just mean more lens changes. For an outdoor walkaround lens I found this to perform pretty good if you didn't pull out a loupe or pixel peep it... and it's a really fun range on a FF camera. The few times I shot it on my 10D it was more than adequate for very nice snapshots (outdoors or inside using bounce flash). 22mm isn't exactly ultra-wide, but it feels close... so if you just want to play around with the FL you might want to consider this lens. Yes, I did a lens test on it once and it didn't score well, but you can't see that in most of your photos... I don't really use it much, but I like it enough that I can't bring myself to sell it (what is it worth anyway?)... also, since I don't have a 17-55mm EF-S kit lens I might consider this on my crop camera for snapshots at Disneyland or something when I don't want to lug my 24-70L... but really, the way to think of this lens is almost-ultrawide on the cheap. It does vignette and flares, but I don't always mind a vignette... I think they go for about $50 on ebay in mint condition and I think they are worth that easily.