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

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

Pros: beautiful bokeh!
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

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

Pros: small cheap and wide (on FF)
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.