I have the Canon 10-22, probably 90% of my shots are taken at 10mm where it is 1/2 stop faster than the Tokina. If there was a 10mm prime, I would jump on it. My main lens is a 17-55 f/2.8, and there is a huge difference between what I can do at 10 vs 17mm.
Tokina is coming out with with a 11-16 f/2.8, but it doesn't look like it will be coming to market any time soon.
Unless you are planning on upgrading to a full frame in the near future, I wouldn't be too worried about buying one great lens that isn't full frame compatible.
A prime is always a prime as long as its only divisors are 1 and itself.
Gear: Rebel XTI + Opteka Battery Grip | Canon 17-55 f/2.8 + Chinese Lense Hood | Canon 10-22 3.5-4.5 | 430EX | Lowepro Slingshot 200AW | LaCrosse BC-900 Battery Charger | Digipower card reader with Mood Light
Elan IIe + crap lenses