There have been a lot of new gear being announced over the last week or two, and today, I have another interesting lens announcement, this time from Tokina. Earlier, Tokina announced their new AT-X 70-200mm f/4 PRO FX VCM-S lens.

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This lens was originally shown off, but not officially announced, at CP+ earlier this year. But today the company made it official, though there has been no official announcement from Tokina USA. Here are the basics of what you need to know about this new lens…

  • It will only be available for Nikon mounts at first.
  • Starts Shipping on May 30th
  • Priced around $150,000 Yen, or $1478 US (That is straight up conversion. US price may be lower)
  • 3 Stops of Image Stabilization
  • Tripod collar will be sold separately, for around $230

[REWIND: Nikon Announces New 400mm F/2.8]

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I think this looks like a great 70-200 F/4, though the US price will need to be much lower than $1479 for this lens to be successful. The Nikon version of this lens is only $1400, so there is no way Tokina can sell theirs for more and hope to make any money off this lens. I think that $1199 would be a decent price for this lens.

What are your thoughts on this lens? Does a third party 70-200 F/4 like this appeal to you or would you be inclined to stick with the new Nikon 70-200 F/4?