Okay, before you read on... this isn't a fashion post. It's not about clothes, bags or shoes or any style. It is however, what I am loving right now, what I've been researching for the past couple of days. So, if you're still interested read on. If not, until the next fashion post.
I'm torn between two lenses -- the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM or the Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX 11-16mm f/2.8?
First, the Canon:
From what I've learned through Googling, the difference between a 10mm and a 11mm is apparently A LOT. Now as a newbie, I don't really see it but I guess it's safe to take the professional's word on it.
The Canon also offers a wide range of focal lengths from 10mm to 22mm so it's very flexible. I believe you can take decent portrait shots at 22mm (correct me if I'm wrong...)
And the Canon is well, it's a CANON. Not a third-party lens and will definitely have great resale value. That's if you want to give it up later on.
As for the Tokina, I've read a lot of rave reviews about this UWA lens. It's main plus point? It's got a maximum aperture of f/2.8. That's a good setting for low-light or nighttime photos giving you a faster shutter speed.
It doesn't have a flexible range compared to Canon with only 11-16mm but since I've already for a kit lens of 18-55mm, it won't be too bad -- if you don't mind the hassle of switching lenses.
As a third-party lens, Tokina is one of top 3 out there. But as a third-party lens, I would've thought it would be considerably cheaper than the Canon. From the initial research I've done there is little difference in price (in Singapore at least -- if I'm wrong do let me know). If you're going to shell out for the Tokina, then what's $50 or so dollars more to get the Canon?
Now, if the Tokina were significantly cheaper than the Canon I'd get it. But since both are in a similar price range, then I think Canon wins.
Well, I guess I'm not torn between two lenses. I'm just torn because it's too damn expensive!
Image source from Canon.com and TokinaLens.com, respectively.