I don't get the new Tokina 16.5 - 135mm lens

Started Mar 18, 2009 | Discussions thread
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rsn48 Veteran Member • Posts: 7,254
I don't get the new Tokina 16.5 - 135mm lens

When I first saw the zoom range of the new Tokina - 16.5-135 - I was instantly interested, but for its size, a bit of a large lens, its also slow. Then I noticed the lens doesn't come with image stabilization.

In a way this lens is competing against the Canon 28 - 135 f3.5/5.6 IS lens, so if I switched to Tokina, I would get a wider wide end, but I would be giving up IS. If this lens came out at f2.8 and had the equivalent of IS, I'd be putting my Canon lens up for sale right now, but it doesn't.
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