Based on my sheer love of my 50mm f/1.8, I started looking at a few other primes to acquire before the end of the year. The nifty-fifty gives great mid-range reach, but I need something wider and something longer to make a useful prime kit. Longer was easy to pick, but wide caused some issues. Basically I was looking at the 28mm f/2.8, but it bothered me to drop the cash on it when I already had a great wide-angle lens, the 17-40mm L; have two separate wide angles a single stop different seemed just as silly.
But that extra stop of light is critical in many of the places I end up, so I sucked it up, sold the 17-40, and ordered a Tokina 16-50mm f/2.8 – which I figured would cover both regular and prime-type usages.
The other Tokina lenses I’ve owned over the years have been very impressive tools; sharp, fast, and with incredible builds. Unfortunately, the 16-50mm must be the ugly stepchild of the family, since it’s just blah. Nothing really wrong with it – still a good build and sharp – just blah. The AF is slowwww and I simply hate how it extends when zooming. Nit-picky, perhaps, but it’s already back in the box and awaiting an RMA # so it can head back to B&H.
Now I’m stuck without a wide angle lens again for a while, trying to decide what to do to fix this situation. f/2.8 is a given, which rules out another 17-40L; and the 16-36L is WAY out of the budget. I’m thinking the 17-55mm IS, where the B&H refund + the good ol’ tax return will cover it. But frankly I’m just annoyed right now. I’m not used to being disappointed once I settle on buying a lens.