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Old Dec 3, 2002, 9:08 PM   #1
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Default Tokina 17 mm ATX PRO

Would any one who's had experience with this lense care to comment about its performance w/ Canon digital SLR's. I am seeing prices for new in the $380 range which make it a great wide-angle solution for the D 60.
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Old Dec 5, 2002, 5:48 PM   #2
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I have this lens and use it with my D-60. The build quality is very good, it's a solid feeling chunk of glass and aluminum. Optically it's not bad. Here is a link to a photo I did this summer using this lens,
It's not a full size image and has been sharpened in PS but it should give you some idea of the quality of the lens.

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Old Jul 14, 2003, 12:30 PM   #3
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I owned the lens and just recently sold it. It is about the same optically as the Canon 20 (which means it isn't anything super ) but it is 3mm wider which is significant. Both lenses show significant CA in the corners with my 1Ds. It has a very good build quality to it, but does not have USM focusing, so it is a bit noisier and slower than the EF20. I ended up selling it only because I have both the 15 fisheye (which I can rectilinearize the image from with the Panotools plug-in) and the EF20, so the 17 was pretty much a superfluous focal length.

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Old Jul 14, 2003, 1:03 PM   #4
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You might want to take a look @ the Sigma EX 17-35 f2.8-3.5 HSM. This Sigma HSM series is also ultrasonic, which is quiet and fast and allow you to manually overide the Canon AF at will. It's also priced in your ballpark. The lens is @ the 17mm setting on my 2nd picture in this post (the 1st was an EF 28-135 IS USM):

Sigma also makes a better EX 15-30 f3.5 but like the Tokina it's not ultrasonic however... Also with the the D60 you only use the center portion so there's some benefit with any lens compared to a full-frame.
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