New Tokina Lenses for Fall 2006
Tokina 10-17/3.5-4.5 DX fisheye zoom; Tokina 16-50/2.8 DX; Tokina 17-135/3/5-5.6 DX; Tokina 50-135/2.8 DX
At the recent Photo Imaging Expo in Tokyo (PIE2006) Tokina announced that they were working on 4 new lenses which they plan to make available in the fall of 2006. They are all "DX" series lenses, which would mean that they cover the APS-C digital sensor, but they will not have full frame coverage.
I don't know if they will be released in Japan then, or if they will also be released in the US. The web page with the announcement is in Japanese and machine translations from Japanese to English aren't all that clear (or reliable!). However here's the data that I have extracted (with possible errors..?). There's no word on pricing or which mounts the lenses will be available in, though I'd assume whatever mounts are supported, Canon and Nikon will be two of them. Possibly Minolta and Pentax?
The press release reports cooperation between Tokina and Pentax in the development of these lenses (in which case I'm sure they'd be available in a Pentax mount or maybe also as Pentax branded lenses?), but as I said earlier, machine translations from Japanese to English aren't very good. The original page in Japanese can be found at http://www.tokina.co.jp/news/pie2006news.html. If any Japanese speaking readers can provide further details after reading the page, or if they find I've made any errors in the comments below, please let me know via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks.
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