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Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X 116 PRO DX SD

atx116
Review Date: Mar 6, 2010 Recommend? | Price paid: $599.00

 
Pros: tokina 11-16 is a wonderful lens. I too am impressed and it stays on the camera. Build quality is awesome
Cons:
large filters. I bout cheap circ-pol and works nicely.

Rate it now a 9

 
Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X 116 PRO DX SD

atx116
Review Date: Feb 13, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $599.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Very well built. Sharp Sharp!
Cons:
Not sure how to use flash with this lens?

excellent lens I will keep it for a long time

 
Tamron 28-75MM F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF)

2875mm
Review Date: Jul 12, 2009 Recommend? | Price paid: Not Indicated

 
Pros: Love the weight and nice feel Lens cap awesome (pinch type) color contrast!
Cons:
manual focus ring spins worst thing

Update: I have owned the lens and shot it now for several months. I used it indoors (auditorium) and many outdoors. The lens continues to amaze me with the IQ and color contrast. Love the 2.8 and Bokeh! So far no issues. Tack sharp! I don't use my other much anymore except when needing far reach (70-200 f4 ISL). I received confirmation from Tamron that I am now registered and have a warranty number, and got a pin from them. Love the front lens cap...
No problems thus far with hunting or lens creep.
I am thinking of trying the 17-50 tammy....would trade my 17-85 canon anytime...
I still believe this to be a steal of a lens!


 
Tamron 28-75MM F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF)

2875mm
Review Date: Jun 4, 2009 Recommend? | Price paid: $370.00

 
Pros: light, great optics. Focus reasonably fast. Great contrast. 67mm filters A steal when you price this. 2.8 F stop....
Cons:
focus ring turns (be careful). Build better than middle grade Canon (17-85).

Comparing to my 17-85 IS. The focus is very good and the optics are better than 17-85. I rented 24-70L and was nice but too heavy and bulky. The optics on this lens are very close. I shot my daughters graduation with my 580exII and was very pleased with all shots but maybe one shot when in motion. The focus motor is fast but make more noise than USM. All in all I believe this is a steal. I also focus tested it when I bought it and it seems dead on, no complaints of image issues in any quadrants. I believe the QC has caught up and is fine. I am now considering 17-50 2.8 as an option. I am happy not having my L glass on during some shoots since its may get banged or dinged. I am pleased to have this on. My 70-200 f4 IS is still superior but not 3x the cost or image quality. I am now selling my 17-85. I highly recommend this lens (D40 here). For the L equivalent I am not prepared to lay down close to 1K. Next lens to consider is tokina 11-16, or 12-24(a steal as well). I hope this review helps others out there like me (hobbyist and occasionally published). 3rd party glass is worth a look. Oh yes 6yr US warranty, and 30day trial of lens(amazon)


 
Tamron 28-75MM F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF)

2875mm
Review Date: May 30, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $370.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Build OK better than expected. Color and sharpness thus far very good. I tested it against focus chart at 2.8 and well focused so QC must be there. I believe this is a steal for the optics and the performance. I own L lenses as well and can't keep buying these beasts without breaking the bank...I was concerned but pricing was too good to be true. 30days to further investigate (Amazon)
Cons:
focus ring turns so be careful.

Great...great....great. I rented the 24-70L and was too heavy and IQ no better. Slightly faster focus but this is tack sharp..even 2.8 as tested today. I read many reviews....17-50 and 28-75 stand out as best buys and seem to beat more expensive alternatives....6yr warranty....we will see.

 
Canon EF-S 17-85mm f4-5.6 IS USM

EF17-85
Review Date: Apr 11, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: fast quiet and nice range and tack sharp for me.
Cons:
less contrast than other lenses

I have found that flash helps alot, and just got a polarized filter (linear) and this helps the contrast immensley...so can't sell it yet.