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Tokina 28-70mm f/2.8 AT-X 287 AF PRO SV

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Review Date: Aug 23, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $220.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Sharpness improves when stopped-down a bit. (this is true of most zooms) The f2.8 is faster than typical consumer quality hyperzooms. Built like a tank. Comes with lens hood - most Canons don't. A tremendous amount of lens for $220.
Cons:
Has some flare without the hood. It's pretty heavy. Uses large 77mm filters which can be fairly expensive.

I've had this lens for a month now - have taken 500 shots. No error99s, no problems at all. The 28-70 range is better suited to a full-frame digital or a film camera though. On a 1.6 factor digital the 28mm is not really wide enough to be a good walkaround lens. I love the quality 'feel' of this lens. The optics are decent. There are better lenses, but I don't think you can get more lens for the money.