Tokina officially announced their new 24-70mm F/2.8 Full Frame lens back at CP+ 2014, and we are finally learning when this new lens will be available.

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According to a new Tokina release, the Canon version of the new ATX 24-70mm F/2.8 PRO will begin shipping in June, with the Nikon version coming in July. There is no official US pricing announced yet, but the lenses will be available in Japan for 150,000 yen or roughly $1250.

Prices rarely convert that simply, so the US price will likely be somewhere around or below the $1250 mark. You can keep an eye on the prices over on B&H, and once they are updated you can get your pre-order in right away.

It is interesting to me that it has taken over a year for Tokina to get this lens from announcement to release. In this day and age of quick turnaround, it is odd for a company to let virtually all the buzz around an announcement dissipate before releasing the product.

What are your thoughts on this news out of Tokina? Are you going to be ordering this lens? What do you think about it taking so long for the lens to be released? Leave a  comment below and let us know what you think!

[via Photo Rumors]