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Feb 27, 2012 15:44 |  #1

I want to get a low range zoom. I am considering the following lenses.

1) Tokina 12-24 AT-X Pro - used but in good working conditon - approx. $375.00

2) Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM - Used and if seller bites for around $500 would be sweet deal.

3) Local camera shop has demo Tamron 17-50 DiII VC for $399 and would back it with a one year warranty (6yr Tamron would not apply since it is demo unit and price more than makes up for difference)

I hear the build quality on Tokina is outstanding and it is overall a good lens. Canon, although build quality is not on par with Tokina, this lens gets good reviews for image quality. Tamron - this lens always gets decent reviews also, plus has VC built in and I'd still have a year warranty if something went haywire.

Given these choices, which lens would you recommend and why?

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Gary


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Feb 27, 2012 16:16 |  #2

If you need an UWA, then for $500, the canon would be my choice providing its in good condition, because IQ is very similar between the 2, but the canon is an extra 2mm wider, which does make a noticeable difference, it has FTM which I find quite useful on an UWA since I tend to always fiddle with MF and don't want to have to flick the switch on and off, and it has great flare resistance which for me at least, is essential. The tokina wins in build quality easily, but only really in that and price.

If you need a standard zoom, then you've only got that 1 option.


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Feb 27, 2012 17:35 |  #3

I'd go with the Canon too, mine is excellent.




  
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Feb 27, 2012 19:23 |  #4

I'll have to see what plays out with the Canon, that's my first choice, although the Tamron is a tempting price and a decent lens unto itself.


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Feb 27, 2012 23:29 |  #5

The Tokina is great if it's the version II, not the first version. The Canon is as others have described. The tamron with VC is not as good as the first version without VC.

Beyond that, you need to decide what's more important for you. Wide angle with constant f/4, an extra 2mm on tbe wide end, or a more general purpose range with fast f/2.8?




  
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Feb 28, 2012 00:18 |  #6

Are you looking a low range zoom or a ultra wide angle zoom? Should take a look at the sigma 10-20mm for ultra wide angle zoom for additional options~!


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Feb 28, 2012 01:32 |  #7

what do you have right now?...what are you trying to accomplish with a new lens?


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Feb 28, 2012 14:41 |  #8

Sorry, I should have qualified what I'm using now. I have a 60D and am using a Tamron 18-270 Di II PZD, which I got for a first all-around lens. I'm worried that the Tamron 17-50 f2.8, which although faster would be redundant with its similar focal range to my current lens. I'm leaning toward a more wide open range zoom, like canon 10-22, tokina 11-16 or even a Tamron 10-24. I can get a demo deal on the Tamron 10-24 ($329 with one year warranty) which is quite tempting, although my gut tells me to hold out and wait for a used deal on either the Tokina or the Canon.


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Feb 29, 2012 15:39 |  #9

You shouldn't compare the Tamron 17-50 2.8 to the 18-270 lens. The faster speed and higher image quality will really open your eyes to what you can accomplish with a good lens.




  
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Mar 02, 2012 18:55 |  #10

End of Dilemna - I bought a Tokina AT-X 11-16 that was for sale in this forum, should be here early next week. Decided on the Tokina for its quality construction, constant f 2.8 aperature and sharp IQ. I had a Tokina AT-X 28-70 f 2.8 years back with my Minolta Maxxum setup and was never diappointed as that lens was very sharp and held up well back when I used to do wedding photography.


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Mar 04, 2012 22:33 |  #11

Excellent choice!




  
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