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Tokina's logo. Click here to visit the Tokina website! Tokina: Nikon in-lens AF, plus 16.5-135 lens (UPDATED)
By Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Saturday, September 27, 2008 - 12:25 EDT)

Japanese optics company Tokina Co. Ltd. and its US distributor THK Photo Products Inc. have some new products on display at Photokina.

Perhaps the most interesting is the upcoming Tokina AT-X 16.5-135mm f/3.5-5.6 DX zoom lens, slated for initial availability in Canon- and Nikon- mount variants. Offering a more generous wide angle than most competing models, the Tokina 16.5-135 will equate to roughly a 27-219mm equivalent lens for Canon 1.6x crop DSLRs, while on Nikon's 1.5x crop models it'll work out to around a 25-206mm equivalent range. Capable of focusing down to around 18 inches, this lens should be shipping early next year.

For Nikon users, Tokina is also showing a variant of its existing AT-X 124 AF PRO DX 12-24mm f/4 lens with a built-in AF motor - a first for the company's Nikon-mount line. This will apparently be changing though, as there are plans to roll out in-lens AF motors for the rest of Tokina's Nikon-mount products in the future.

For more details on the 16-135mm lens, hop on over to our Photokina videos page, and watch Imaging Resource publisher Dave Etchells's interview with THK's Michael Burnham.


Tokina AT-X 16.5-135mm f/3.5-5.6 DX lens

Tokina AT-X 16.5-135mm f/3.5-5.6 DX lens. Copyright © 2008, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Click for a larger image.

Tokina AT-X 16.5-135mm f/3.5-5.6 DX lens. Copyright © 2008, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Click for a larger image.

Tokina AT-X 16.5-135mm f/3.5-5.6 DX lens. Copyright © 2008, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Click for a larger image.

Tokina AT-X 16.5-135mm f/3.5-5.6 DX lens. Copyright © 2008, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Click for a larger image.



UPDATED 2008-09-27 20:54ET: Added product images taken at Photokina 2008.

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