My Tokina 12-24 Mk1 arrived today.. Unfortunately the front lens cap wasn't secured before transit, resulting in a deep scratch on the coating.
B&H closes early on Friday, so I won't be able to contact customer service until Sunday. This incident is rather dissapointing, but the lens itself is stellar!
Let me start by saying that I HATE my EF 50mm f/1.4. I was never motivated to take pictures with this lens, if you are considering buying it pm me for more input. When I used the Tokina 12-24 this afternoon, there was just something there that the Canon could never do for me. Here are some pros and few cons:
[*] Great focal length on a 1.6x crop.
[*] Amazing color rendition and smooth tones.
[*] Spot-on AF, remarkably better than the USM in my 50mm.
[*] Rugged build.
[*] The short minimum focus distance opens up new perspectives. Listed as 11.8", I was easily focusing at roughly 6".
[*] Sharp wide-open (f/4.)
[*] Fast focus, doesn't hunt in low light situations like my 50mm.
[*] Difficult to clean.
This lens is so much fun, pictures soon. Unfortunately, the lens has to go back or be heavily compensated for by B&H. A $150 store credit would do, if allowed. To anyone considering this lens, don't hesitate to buy it.
I'm glad this lens renewed my interest in photography before it was too late.
Cropped. It's not the most flattering picture of my Mom, but I like it.