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Gear Announcements

AT-X 70-200mm f/4 PRO FX VCM-S Lens Announced By Tokina

By Anthony Thurston on May 16th 2014

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?

 

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. Stephen

    Tamron makes a 70-200mm f2.8 lens with image stabilization that in terms of IQ is quite arguably the best one on the market, even beating out the Nikon and Canon versions in many aspects. It’s weather-sealed, comes with a tripod collar and costs $1500 (often $1400 with rebate) making this new f4 Tokina seem rather expensive by comparison. As others have pointed out, Sigma also makes a nice f2.8 zoom at an even lower price point. Unless one is willing to sacrifice an entire stop of light just to gain a slightly smaller lighter-weight lens, then there would appear to be better options currently available in that price range. The Tokina folks would do well to consider these facts when finalizing there pricing strategy for this lens. Also, a tripod collar should come standard with any long lens costing over $1000. Hope it at least has a nice spring loaded knob like the excellent ones Sigma provides with their lenses at no additional cost.

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  2. joe

    As a user of Tokina lenses for years, I have a lot of respect for them producing solid, durable, and budget-friendly perfomers. Tokina is painfully late to this market and apparently has no recourse but to offer this lens at a price too good to pass up, especially considering its weight and competition.

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  3. Sean Smith

    Why would someone pay $1500 + the collar for the Tokina when Sigma makes a fantastic 70-200 that’s f2.8, includes the tripod collar, and is currently $1200 at BH?
    Even if this is really really sharp, I don’t see this lens working for any more than $1000, Tokina just doesn’t have the brand awareness to pull it off that $1500.

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  4. Herm Tjioe

    With a lot of firsts in the lens for Tokina, I certainly hate to be the beta tester for such a price point. The most I’d consider is $ 900, if that. I do hope the feedback are good and the company feel emboldened to venture further and eventually kick some sand.

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  5. Will

    I wouldn’t pay more than $800 for this lens. 1) It’s a third party lens from a company that does not have much of a reputation for longer lenses 2) It’s Tokina’s first time using both Image Stabilization and Ultrasonic Motors 3)There are other, well-respected third party manufacturers that make sharp 70-200 2.8s with IS for $1200. 4) f/4

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  6. Ryan Cooper

    I really love Tokina, I do. But I just can’t see why they opted to go the route of this lens. It makes no sense to me, the market for the 70-200mm is probably the most saturated of any focal length. They don’t seem to bringing anything to the table here that isn’t already on the market and they also aren’t bringing it in at a competitive price.

    Considering the price point of the 70-200mm F2.8 OS by Sigma I think this is an awfully tough sell to the budget pro crowd.

    Also $230 for the tripod collar? Really?

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  7. David

    I’ve got the 100 mm and 16-28 form tokina and i think it is had to beat they are as most as sharp as nikon and much cheaper and the review on them or really impressive . I dont know if this baby will have a clutch ring like other models just too bad i already got the 2.8 version i would have saved on weight and $$ think we will have to wait for your review guys !

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  8. Matthew Saville

    One thing that is important to note about this announcement is that if I am not mistaken, this is Tokina’s very first venture into the ring-type USM autofocus world. This is of course a very good sign, however it could also be a very bad first attempt at something, as first attempts often are.

    I believe it is also Tokina’s very first attempt at stabilization, too, so we’ll see how it all turns out.

    Of course we’ll be reviewing one of these puppies just as soon as we can get our hands on one!

    =Matthew Saville=

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