Oh dear, it's finally happened: we've given a 1-star product review

Tokina 1 star review
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Writing professional product reviews rarely throws up any surprises. Generally if a camera, lens or accessory has made it to mass market and we've got a review sample, it's almost certainly going to be at least fit for purpose. The vast majority of products we review are worthy of a 'good', 'excellent', or 'best in class' verdict, corresponding roughly to a 3, 4 or 5-star rating, respectively. Any glaring faults will have doubtless been addressed in the pre-production stage, leaving us to mark a product down usually because it doesn't quite perform as well as the competition, or trails rivals in terms of features or value. For a product to land on our desk that's fundamentally flawed (so not merely a defective sample) is rare, and for that product to also be from a respected brand makes it a truly newsworthy event.

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Ben Andrews

Ben is the Imaging Labs manager, responsible for all the testing on Digital Camera World and across the entire photography portfolio at Future. Whether he's in the lab testing the sharpness of new lenses, the resolution of the latest image sensors, the zoom range of monster bridge cameras or even the latest camera phones, Ben is our go-to guy for technical insight. He's also the team's man-at-arms when it comes to camera bags, filters, memory cards, and all manner of camera accessories – his lab is a bit like the Batcave of photography! With years of experience trialling and testing kit, he's a human encyclopedia of benchmarks when it comes to recommending the best buys.