WoodMaven: I have the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X 116 PRO DX SD which I paid under $600 for. This lens is listed on the Japanese site for 95,500 yen ($1232), putting into the realm of high-end lenses. It's a fine lens but that's an awful lot of money just for a motorized version of a wide-angle lens that probably doesn't benefit much from the motor.
I'm wondering if it's cheaper to buy in the U.S. vs. Japan (which sometimes happens). Can you tell us as a comparison how much the DX I costs in yen on that website?