Tokina has announced a new macro lens for Canon and Nikon crop sensors, the AT-X M35 PRO DX. Equivalent to a 53.5mm focal length on Nikon DX and 56mm on Canon APS-C, this lens revives the 'normal' macro segment which has been sadly absent in recent years, at least for crop sensors. A focus limiter is present, accelerating operation when used for regular photography, and Tokina's Focus Clutch design makes switching from automatic to manual focus a snap - literally. The lens is due to be available from December 21st at a price of ¥68,000 (approx US $600). Pricing and availability for markets outside Japan are yet to be announced.

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Tokina AT-X M35 Pro DX

Tokina AT-X M35 Pro DX specifications

Focal length (35 mm equiv.) • Nikon DX - 53.5 mm
• Canon APS-C - 56 mm
Aperture f/2.8 - f/22
Lens formula 9 elements in 8 groups
Closest focus distance 14 cm
Maximum repro. ratio 1:1
Aperture blades 9
Filter diameter 52 mm
Dimensions (D x L) 73.2 x 60.4 mm
Weight 340 g