Lenses Lenses LENSES! Help!

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  1. Ozzmosis

    Ozzmosis TPF Noob!

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    Hello All!

    I need some advice.

    I just bought a Tokina 16-50mm f2.8 lens, and I don't know what to make of it. I have a Canon 30D by the way.

    I was originally going to buy the Canon 17-55mm f2.8 but found out that they suffer from a dust contamination problem, so I chose not to buy it. The counterperson showed me the Tokina, and told me that it would be as good as the 17-55 but without the price and the dust.

    I brought the lens home, and read a few reviews online, and did some testing in my backyard, and was not happy with the vignetting that was apparent, and it seemed a little soft.

    I rented a 17-40mm f4L lens during a trip to the mountains, and it took very sharp and beautiful pics. I have taken my best picture ever with that lens, and I'm thinking of returning the Tokina and exchanging it for the 17-40mm f4L

    I guess the reason for this post is to ask for some more recommendations for wide angle zooms for under $1000.00 and to see what others say about the Tokina 16-50mm and the Canon 17-40mm

    Thanks!
     
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    I haven't purchased a tokina lens since about 1980. I went through 4 or 5 of them and they were all total crap. I gathered some opinions from other photographers and they all said pretty much the same thing. "Stay away". I listened and ever since I don't even acknowledge them. I see the name sometimes and just smile.

    That's my experience anyway. Mostly I try to stay with maker glass.
     
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    I have the Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 and it's a great lens. I haven't had any problems with it. A really nice upgrade from the wide angle kit zoom, and quite popular too.
     
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    I shoot 90%+ of all my commercial work with a Canon 17-40mm. The only thing that would make me happier is a fixed focal length wide lens.

    I don't use third-party lenes. I bought one 35 years ago and was so disappointed I've never considered it again. I do realize this is not reasonable thinking... just a mind-set. But I haven't been disappointed since.

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    Perhaps you should take your Tokina back to the store and have the counterperson refund your money. I have the EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM. It's a great lens. The Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 gets good reviews for less than half the price.
     
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    +1:thumbup:

    I've owned Tamron, Sigma, Promaster, etc. I've had some nice winners, and some real losers, but brand line has never let me down.
     
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    Thanks for the replies.

    I had a chance to use the lens today at a wedding and shot quite alot of photos with it, and I just don't think it has the sharpness or the pop that the 17-40mm f4L had when I rented it a few months back... I think i will return the lens on Monday and exchange it. I really don't think I need the f2.8 all that much, and honestly, I stopped down to get a greater DOF most of the time anyway!

    My biggest complaint was softness at the edges when at 16mm. Most of the photos were pretty sharp in the center tho.

    Thanks!
     
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    You may just have a bad example?

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