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Gear Announcements

Tokina Announces New 24-70mm F/2.8

By Anthony Thurston on February 11th 2015

Another day, another round of CP+ announcements. This time we have Tokina getting in on the action and announcing a new lens that is sure to catch some attention.


Earlier this morning, Tokina announced their new 24-70mm F/2.8 PRO FX lens. The new lens is made up of 15 glass elements in 11 groupings, and weighing in at around 2.2 lbs. Design wise, the lens continues with that standard Tokina look that has been around for quite a while, giving it a rugged look and feel.

Tokina AT-X 24-70mm F/2.8 Pro Specs

  • Focal length: 24-70mm
  • Open F value: f/2.8
  • Lens construction: 15 elements in 11 groups
  • Angle of view: 84.20° ~ 34.49°
  • Minimum focusing distance: 0.38m
  • Macro maximum magnification: 1: 4.73
  • Maximum diameter × total length: φ89.6 × 107.5mm
  • Weight: approximately 1,000g

I think that this is an interesting move on Tokina’s part, one that will depend greatly on how they price the new lens. Too much, and photographers will likely just go with a brand name lens; finding that happy medium spot is the tough part.

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Currently, we don’t have any pricing or availability for the new lens, but you can sign up to get notified as soon as this lens is available for pre-order.

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Rafael Steffen

    Great lens!

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  2. Phil Bautista

    Is it stabilized? Do they have any lens that is stabilized? I have 2 Tokina lenses, 11-16/2.8 and 50-135/2.8 and I was hoping they would make a stabilized version of the 50-135/2.8 because that lens was superb optically. I’m still waiting on stabilization.

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  3. Dave Smith

    PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE price this right. Nikon’s version is really awesome and really kills the Sigma and Tamron, BUT the price is ridiculous.

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  4. Richard Matulac

    Well that certainly explains my confusion :-)

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  5. Richard Matulac

    I have their 28-75mm 2.8 (though I’m now on mirrorless) and thought that performed really well especially considering the price point. I’d be curious to see how this compares and at what price.

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    • Jacob Jexmark

      Um, I think you might have the Tamron 28-75, not Tokina? ;) To my knowledge Tokina has never had a 28-75.

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  6. Stephen Velasquez

    This thing better give great resolution on these Mpixel sensors if not it’s a loser. I hate the clutch system too. That is so 2003-2008 build feature.

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  7. Liam Murphy

    Your Move Sigma… also I wish they’d rock some more 18-50 2.8s for the Crops….

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  8. Richard Bremer

    Very interesting indeed! I wonder about the image quality and focussing speed. This could be Tokinas big winner… Let’s wait and see :)

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  9. Dean Reid

    Very interesting. If the pricing is right this might be a reason for me to finally purchase the last of the holy-grail lens.

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  10. Kyle Stauffer

    I’m betting ten dollars to a doughnut that this lens will be a good performer and put performance and build quality into a worthwhile bang for your buck!

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    • robert s

      I hope so. nikon and canon need competition. theyre lenses are way overpriced.

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    • Derek Schwartz

      I certainly hope you’re right. I own the DX-only 12-24 f4 Tokina, and it’s a great lens. Definitely curious to see if Tokina can match the great results the Tamron (which I own), Canon, and Nikon versions of the 24-70 at a lower price point.

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  11. Eric Mazzone

    Is it manual only or autofocus?

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    • Derek Schwartz

      It’s AF. Tokina has had AF lenses for years in Canon and Nikon mounts. This one, assuming the picture is of a production lens, has you pull back on the focus ring (near the front element) to disengage AF and use it manually.

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    • Matthew Saville

      Looks like it says PSD on the side, which is Tokina’s version of SWM or USM or HSM etc. etc…

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  12. Ed Rhodes

    interesting, looking forward to seeing reviews and test images

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