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Kenko-Tokina launches Tokina SD 17-35mm F4 AT-X PRO FX

By dpreview staff on Jun 27, 2011 at 05:09 GMT

Newly merged Kenko-Tokina has quietly launched the Tokina SD 17-35mm F4 AT-X PRO FX, a semi-fast wideangle zoom for full frame cameras. The company says the F4 maximum aperture makes it easier to produce a smaller lens with fewer aberrations, to sit alongside its 16-28mm F2.8 PRO. The lens features 'SD' glass that the company says offers similar properties to fluorite elements as well as its 'silent drive module' AF motor and high-precision AF position sensor for fast, accurate focusing. No details of pricing or availability are yet available from the company's distributors outside Japan.

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Total comments: 38
shingled
By shingled (Aug 7, 2011)

The countdown has begun:

http://translate.google.es/translate?hl=es&sl=ja&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.kenko-tokina.co.jp%2Fnewproducts%2Ftokina-17-35-20110805.html%23.TjuniVXLSHQ.twitter

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fastglass
By fastglass (Jul 30, 2011)

+1

Tokina's sure getting a lot of mileage out of their original & excellent - 12-24mm f4.0 - DX sensor designed lens.

Good for them!

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Ryan McCutcheon
By Ryan McCutcheon (Jul 8, 2011)

Wonderful, now lets see a 28-70 F/2.8 and a 70-200 F/2.8!!!

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spiderhunter
By spiderhunter (Jun 29, 2011)

Based on the images posted at the Tokina site, this does not appear to be a good lens in terms of sharpness. I think the 16-35 is sharper.

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moimoi
By moimoi (Jun 27, 2011)

That's good news. We will see how this lens performs at 17 mm and wide open. I found the 17-35 mm far more useful than the 16-28 mm.

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Aram
By Aram (Jun 27, 2011)

samples quality is great !!!
ordered a Tamron SP AF 17-35 2.8-4.0 two days ago :)
if this tokina's price is somewhere near the tamron's, I'll kill myself : /

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Chaitanya S
By Chaitanya S (Jun 27, 2011)

lets hope this lens perform like the other f/4 lenses available in the market.

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Peak25500
By Peak25500 (Jun 27, 2011)

Price on Tokina website is 98'000 JPY, this is 750 GPB.
Considering 16-28 is 118'000 JPY on their website and it is about 750 GPB on Amazon, we could expect 17-35 about 600 GPB...

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Photo_AK
By Photo_AK (Jun 27, 2011)

I noticed the lack of distortion at 17mm ... Compared to 16-35/4 VR Nikkor's distortion at the wide end this looks fantastic!

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ahuet
By ahuet (Jun 27, 2011)

But see resolution of samples, 3861 x 2574 or less so less than full resolution of 5D Mark II, either they have been cropped, so distorsion may has been corrected, either the images have been taken in sRaw1 mode.

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pc168
By pc168 (Jun 27, 2011)

While the distortion of those samples could has been corrected during raw conversion, they were taken using f9 or smaller. The performance at wide open is unknown.

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ahuet
By ahuet (Jun 27, 2011)

aperture do not impact distorsion, only focal length

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scruffy
By scruffy (Jun 28, 2011)

Sure, but the sharpness wide open is another aspect that is relevant

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pc168
By pc168 (Jun 28, 2011)

Sure I know aperture has nothing to do with distortion. I'm talking about distortion handling (fixed during post-process?) as well as wide open performance (of course sharpness).

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AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (Jun 28, 2011)

Yes, but Nikon lens has image stabilization (yes, it matters even with short focal length lenses) and the barrel distortion is easily corrected. That's not to say this new Tokina won't be better than the 17-40; it probably will.

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Martin Muehlemann
By Martin Muehlemann (Jun 27, 2011)

Corner sharpness at 17mm look awsome on the 5DMK2. Since i have that one, this looks very promising.

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wijnands
By wijnands (Jun 27, 2011)

Ah, tokina, fine lens builder, dreadful at marketing, at least on the European market. Could be very interesting if they can price this competitively.

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M Jesper
By M Jesper (Jun 29, 2011)

What marketing ? :)

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ahuet
By ahuet (Jun 27, 2011)

samples here:

http://www.kenko-tokina.co.jp/tokina/atx17-35.html

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Richard Murdey
By Richard Murdey (Jun 27, 2011)

Tokina really need to clean up their lens naming system so people know at a glance if it has built-in AF motor or not.

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Wilmar Boer
By Wilmar Boer (Jun 27, 2011)

I hope this is the start of a complete line of Tokina FX lenses.

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Marc Lorenz
By Marc Lorenz (Jun 27, 2011)

I'd take it if it had VR/IS.
(crucial for hand held video work)

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jmringo
By jmringo (Jun 27, 2011)

Unfortunately Tokina doesn't make image stabilized lenses. Not yet anyway. Maybe that will change with the Kenko merger.

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pc168
By pc168 (Jun 28, 2011)

Yes, VR is crucial. And I will not sell my 16-35 VR.

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pascal b
By pascal b (Jun 30, 2011)

light (without VR...), cheap = perfect for A900 :-)

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Ztaz
By Ztaz (Jun 27, 2011)

Thats right price !!! If price will be like for Canon 17-40/4, so whos gona buy this Tokina?)))))

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Martin Muehlemann
By Martin Muehlemann (Jun 27, 2011)

If the corner sharpness is like the Tokina 16-28 and the price like the 17-40L, the answer is ME ;)

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ahuet
By ahuet (Jun 27, 2011)

If same price, maybe it will be better on full frame coverage, because more recent technologies.

And you know there are other brands, like Nikon. 16-35 f/4 is really more expensive than the Canon...

Nikon users, Sony users, Pentax user can buy such a lens, if it's good.

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Plastek
By Plastek (Jun 27, 2011)

It's gonna be available for Sony?

I hope so...

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Kabe Luna
By Kabe Luna (Jun 27, 2011)

Already the corner resolution and CA look dramatically better than the Canon, so I would readily choose this lens over the Canon.

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Dan_168
By Dan_168 (Jun 27, 2011)

If the price is like the 17-40L and corner performance is not, sign me up for one. I don't think they can make a lens has worse corner sharpness than the 17-40L.

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AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (Jun 28, 2011)

The Tokina may not have the resale of the 17-40L but I'll be very surprised if it's as lousy in the corners as the 17-40 is. Tokina really knows what they're doing with these wide angle zooms.

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pascal b
By pascal b (Jun 30, 2011)

Available for Sony ? It has to be as this is the ONLY full frame brand with NO option for "available" f4 wide zoom lens !

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pascal b
By pascal b (Jun 30, 2011)

I wanted to say "affordable", sorry

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MeneM
By MeneM (Jun 27, 2011)

If it's anything like their stellar 11-16mm or the phenomenal 50-135, FX user will have a good option here! (I'm still hoping they won't forget the DX users out there though)

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NovemberSun
By NovemberSun (Jun 27, 2011)

it will certainly make a great affordable semi wide angle for aps-h (1dmk2) sensor cameras as i dont have and cant afford a full frame yet and the 16mm 2.8's are stratospherically priced. it will have to be competitively priced against the canons 17-40 but shouldnt be that hard to beat in terms of sharpness. The only third party producer ive come to respect in terms of quality, price, performace and build are the tokinas! I would be happy if all i ever had were tokinas and canons.

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AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (Jun 28, 2011)

Exactly. Tokina seems to be going for a different segment of the market. Tamron's specialty is all-in-one zoom lenses that go from 12mm-800mm and are wonderfully convenient but lousy; Sigma has super-fast lenses that are just barely ok if you stop down to f/8; but Tokina is making lenses that actually compete with OEM lenses. Of course the 17-40 is an easy target.

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brendon1000
By brendon1000 (Jun 28, 2011)

^^ I believe one of Tamrons best selling lenses is the 17-50 f2.8 which is very close to the IQ of OEM lenses. Sigma also has the widest UWA that no other manufacturer has ever been able to match. (12-24mm for FF and 8-16 for APS-C). Tokina also seems to specialize in UWA lenses.

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