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Tokina 24-200mm AT-X 242 AF

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Review Date: Jul 5, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $299.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Great zoom range. Good build quality (on my unit at least). Quick autofocus. Ideal walkabout lens for DSLR's that have 1.5-1.6 crop factor.
Cons:
Softer focus than my L primes, but still quite acceptable. Not quite fast enough for indoor/night time sports,without resorting to 1600-3200ISO.

I had used a Sigma 'super-zoom' (28-300) on a Nikon F100 body, during a vacation trip, and I really liked the flexibility. I was disappointed in the softer images, compared to those from an 85 prime, taken a few weeks later. When I finally bought my 10D, I was looking for similar flexibility, but wanted a sharper image. I also was hoping for a bit wider view. Didn't have the money for a 24-70 (and also wanted a longer tele), so I tried this lens out. Haven't been disappointed yet. Images are sharp, and autofocus is quick (much faster than the Sigma lens). The lens is a bit heavy (no plastic, except for the included hood), and feels very solid.