Tokina has officially announced its first optically-stabilized lens - the AT-X 70-200mm F4 PRO FX VCM-S telephoto zoom. Designed for use with full frame SLRs, it has a ring-type ultrasonic motor for autofocus, and the voice coil motor-driven IS system promises three stops of stabilization. When used on APS-C / DX format SLRs, the lens will offer a 105-300mm equivalent zoom range. A tripod collar (TM-705) will be available as an optional accessory. The lens will initially be available in Nikon mount, and will go on sale in Japan at the end of May for ¥150,000. (This equates to ~$1500 / £880, but bear in mind that direct currency conversions are rarely a good guide for actual prices in different countries.)

 The Nikon-mount version of the Tokina AT-X 70-200mm F4 PRO FX VCM-S will go on sale in Japan on May 30th for ¥150,000
The TM-705 Tripod Mount will be an optional extra

Tokina AT-X 70-200mm F4 PRO FX VCM-S specifications

Principal specifications
Lens typeZoom lens
Max Format size35mm FF
Focal length70–200 mm
Image stabilisationYes (3 stop claimed)
Lens mountNikon F (FX)
Aperture
Maximum apertureF4.0
Minimum apertureF22.0
Number of diaphragm blades9
Optics
Elements19
Groups14
Focus
Minimum focus1.00 m (39.37)
Maximum magnification0.28×
AutofocusYes
Motor typeRing-type ultrasonic
Full time manualYes
Focus methodInternal
Distance scaleYes
DoF scaleNo
Physical
Weight980 g (2.16 lb)
Diameter82 mm (3.23)
Length168 mm (6.59)
Zoom methodRotary (internal)
Filter thread67 mm
Hood suppliedYes
Hood product codeBH-672
Tripod collarYes
Optional accessoriesOptional tripod collar TM-705