Canon and their L series lenses have a great reputation as far as image and build quality pretty much across the board. Tokina has one of the best reputations among 3rd party manufacturers in the wide spectrum of lenses. What happens when you pit the Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 vs the Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8? Find out below.

Dave always does great reviews, he doesn’t have some ulterior motive or reason to recommend one lens over another. He gives you his honest opinion, and shows you the proof to back up his claims. In this case he chose the Tokina over the Canon, for what are obvious reasons in my mind.

The Tokina 16-28mm was sharper throughout the image, was cheaper, and had overall better image quality(in my mind). That is not to say there were not some advantages to the Canon, like its much better bokeh and ability to use filters. But overall the Tokina is the clear winner.

What are your thoughts on this comparison? Do you agree with Dave and I that the Tokina is the better lens here, or do you disagree and choose the Canon? Let us know in a comment below.