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Tokina 20-35mm AT-X 235 AF PRO

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Review Date: Jul 14, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Well built, acceptably sharp at f2.8 and then gets better
Cons:
None so far

I got mine pretty cheap on an auction site about 25% of new price. The build quality is quite striking when you haven't had an expensive pro lens before. It is not as heavy as the canon 24-70mm f2.8 since that is also bulky as well as heavy. This feels good on a mid range camera (I use a 50D). At first I thought it was soft but shooting in RAW and converting with some normal sharpness it soon rivaled my other sharp macro lenses. I am still playing with it to find its foibles but pretty good and very happy so far. Some CA appears at odd times but far less than I was expecting. I am not into manual focusing so the clutch seems OK. The focus is not lightening speed but quite fine for the type of landscapes and portraits I do. I haven't tried any action but you don't use these for action anyway.
I have used some camera microadjustment on the lens and it is now very consistent.


 
Sigma 24-60mm f2.8 EX DG Lens

24-60mm
Review Date: Jun 2, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $200.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Well built and sharp. I am very happy with my purchase price ,used (US$200) and this is now my standard lens. I have taken fantastic portraits with it and would highly recommend it. No focus issues so far. I like the colours for landscape shots - a litt;e warmer than canon lens.
Cons:
Spoilt me for good glass. No going backwards now.

I bought this second hand and have only positive comments for it. It is the highest rating of the affordable EX Sigmas from what I have seen. Good build and fast focusing in all lights. I haven't tried sports/action but great on all other types of photography.