Tokina announces 70-200mm f/4 (FX) and 12-28 f/4 (DX) lenses with Nikon mount

Tokina just announced two new lenses with Nikon mount:


Tokina AT-X 70-200mm f/4 PRO FX VCM-S:

  • Prototypes of this lens were shown last year at the 2012 CP+ show (previously reported here)
  • Image stabilization
  • Filter size: 67mm
  • Lens design: 19 optical elements in 14 groups
  • Full frame lens
  • Minimum aperture: f/22
  • Minimum focusing distance: 1.0m
  • Angle of view: 34.45° ~ 12.42°
  • Lens length: 82mm, diameter: 3.57
  • Weight: 1,020 g

 Tokina AT-X 12-28 f/4 PRO DX:


  • Lens design: 14 optical elements in 12 group
  • Minimum aperture: f/22
  • Minimum focusing distance: 25cm
  • Angle of view: 99.37° ~ 54.73°
  • Lens length: 84mm, diameter: 4.94
  • Weight: 600 g
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  • groob

    Sounds awesome. Can’t wait to see how they perform.

  • Marc J.

    price points?

    • fmfm

      5 points per price.

  • ksn

    any price prediction?

    • Cheaper than the Nikon 70-200 f/4

      • Fry

        who would have thought… 🙂

  • that 12-28 would be a perfect replacement for my 12-24, if done right. here’s hoping they continue their high value output

  • Derek Gaston

    Wow – if these perform well across the frame at a decent price then I want _both_! I have the Nikon 24-70 f/2.8 as my main workhorse for landscapes… but I need something wider and something longer… but have totally blown my photography budget for a while. I would love the Nikon 70-200 f/4… but I’m just not going to have the cash for it for quite a while…

  • Dan

    I hope this will outperform the old Nikon 12-24mm

  • n11

    Ugh, its the pattern of that “fat” grip that just turns me off.

    • fmfm

      I’d like to see how it performs before worrying about who it looks.

  • Mike

    Nikon and Tokina’s 12-24 f/4 DX lenses were eerily similar. Some say the Tokina version was sharper. Now Tokina introduces a 70-200 f/4 VR/IS lens that in profile looks like Nikon’s. Co-incidence? In DX days, I had Tokina’s 11-16 f/2.8. It was a great lens, so I have high hopes for this new 70-200 f/4

    • timon_comment

      recommend to see about Japan patent office’s files, Tokina (Kenko-Tokina) they did almost not design lens optics, (but design lens mechanical system), they buy lens optics design from others.

      In Japanese third party camera lens makers, except Zeiss factory, another is Tamron more to depend on own design in lens optics.

      Tamron’s biggest customer is Sony, and is also a second big Shareholder.
      A high degree of Company’s sales depends on a Sony group company approximately 29% (FY2010) of our net sales (consolidated).

    • Anton PupkIn

      They all look similar. Even Canon’s 70-200 f/4

  • Michael Foley

    Is the 12-28 f/4 a replacement for the 12-24 f/4? I hope to see the 12-24 get a price drop!

  • No gold ring on the 70-200?? Boo. Hiss. Guess I better buy Nikon’s version.

    • Destea

      You must be from Canon.

    • Jackie

      Strange. I was told that you prefer brown rings over gold ones.

    • desmo

      doesn’t appear to come with a tripod foot either

      • Jackie

        Well spotted, Columbo.

  • Sunburst

    I’m very interested to see what the price and performance of the 70-200 is going to be. As for the 12-28, i wish they would have extended the zoom range towards the wide end, like a 10-22 or 10-24.

  • Ralph

    I’ve been waiting years for a lighter 70-200 that has great image quality. I wasn’t alone in screaming for this. Tokina and others had every opportunity to respond to market demand. Now this crappy lens manufacturer builds an also-ran lens just to confuse people who don’t know better.

    It will be just another piece of crap with so so image quality and be built for children.

    • Bob

      Have you tested it? If not, you’re a bit of an idiot aren’t you.

      • desmo

        I see you join him as you haven’t tested it either

        • Bob

          Except I’m not making judgement on a lens that I have not tried yet, Desmo. There is the difference to the argument. You fail to see that so I’m afraid that you too are somewhat intellectually challenged.

  • Arun

    Lets see how fair this new 70-200 f/4 performs as compared to Nikkor counterpart.. May be I’ll buy if it performs well and comes at a reasonable price..

  • NoBrainer

    How much for the Tokina 70-200?

    • Freckling

      Saw it on a Japanese site somewhere for 120,000円 if you care to do the conversion.

  • Geoff

    I think I’ll be getting the 12-28. Interested in seeing how the VR performs on the 70-200. Hopefully they do a refresh of the 50-135 with it 🙂

  • desmo

    should be good lens , but

    don’t expect the image quality or optical stabilzation of the 70-200 to match the Nikon 70-200 F4 which is beyond excellent in both category’s

    and to echo someone else’s comment on the 12-28 Dx it would have been better to extend the FOV the other direction make it 10-24

    as wider would be more useful

  • FMJ

    if they have bring out that 70-200 F4 last year, they would have sell well, a little bit late since Nikon already have the F4 version, agree?
    unless they are able to cut the price point down a lot, this lens is only good for Pentax mount, since they don’t have the F4 70-200, even Sony has some ancient ~70-200 F4 zoom

  • Tokina 70-200 is heavier than the Nikon version. It has got to be much cheaper to be interesting. Why do all manufacturers produce the same lenses? A 70-200 f3.5 or a 70-240 f4 or sth would have made it more interesting.

  • Sonikon

    The 70-200 F4 will be interesting if performs anything like the 16-28 2.8 does in comparisson to the 14-24 2.8 nikkor. If it can match the nikkor 70-200 F4 which to my knowledge is the only Nikkor out that uses VR3 which works amazingly well.

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