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November 16, 2007

Tokina Posts New Fast Wide and Macro Lenses

Tokina has announced a new 11-16mm f2.8 DX and a 35mm f2.8 DX macro lens. Both are designed specifically for Digital SLRs with less than full-frame sensors (APS-C). Pricing outside of Japan was yet to be announced, but initial availability was expected at the end of December 2007.

It will be interesting to see market responses to these lenses - the 11-16 (17-25mm equivalent FOV) finally fills a fast lens gap at the extreme wide-end and complements Tokina's existing 16-50mm f2.8 DX and 50-135mm f2.8 DX zooms. Previously, the slot was held by the manufacturer's 12-24mm f4 DX, which continues to be a popular alternative to Nikon and Canon offerings. The 35mm (50mm equivalent FOV macro will have to work hard to distinguish itself in a fairly crowded market.

Posted by covey22 at November 16, 2007 4:10 PM