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Kenko-Tokina buys filter maker Cokin

By dpreview staff on Jul 12, 2011 at 01:24 GMT

Kenko-Tokina has bought French filter maker Cokin. Cokin's parent company went into administration in November 2010, with supplies of the company's products becomingly increasingly scarce. The Japanese lens and accessory maker has said it will retain the square filter specialiast as an independent company, rather than simply utilizing the well-recognized brand-name. (via Photography Blog)

Press Release

KENKO-TOKINA acquires COKIN Filters

PARIS — July 5, 2011 Kenko-Tokina Company Ltd., Japan today announced that it has acquired the famous French filter manufacturer COKIN SAS.

COKIN is the creator and leader in Square filters systems, exporting 90% of its production to more than 100 countries around the world.

Mr Toru Yamanaka (President of Kenko-Tokina Co., Ltd.) said:
“I have always been impressed with the creativity that COKIN filters and accessories offer. I admire and greatly respect the professionalism of this line of fine products which reflect the French ingenuity. We are very proud to add this filter manufacturer to our Team.”

Kenko-Tokina Co., Ltd. was established in 1957 and now has 10 factories and subsidiaries worldwide. They are a world-leader in round photographic filters and other fine optical products.

COKIN France S.A.S.U. (new company name) will stay independent, with its own manufacturing, marketing and worldwide distribution network.

Mr Marc Heintz (Director of Sales, COKIN France):
“Kenko brings to us a strong backing of finance and supply of raw materials, which will allow us to expand and bring new innovative products to the market once again.”

With this acquisition, both companies will expand their services and bring the flourishing photographic accessory market their expertise and enthusiasm for today’s exciting imaging world.

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photonius
By photonius (7 months ago)

NT

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Richard H  Goodman
By Richard H Goodman (Jul 27, 2011)

GOOD! Maybe I can finally get a 77mm P series adapter!

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photonius
By photonius (7 months ago)

What's the problem? For a few $ you get a 77mm adapter ring plus P holder on ebay.

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Lisa O
By Lisa O (Jul 24, 2011)

Glad to hear they aren't going away.

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AcerAntec
By AcerAntec (Jul 14, 2011)

Arf... Hope the 58-mm adaptor ring for A-series will be available again.
Sliding their GND filters before or past the center of the lens is invaluable when it comes to darken a sky--or some sandy foreground.
Their prices too helped me much give filters a try when I was on (less than) a budget.

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markcolangelo
By markcolangelo (Jul 14, 2011)

Hoping distribution in Italy will be better than actual...

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Ronaldo Paiva
By Ronaldo Paiva (Jul 12, 2011)

I Hope that good!

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Ashley Pomeroy
By Ashley Pomeroy (Jul 12, 2011)

Yay! I have a bunch of these filters - the ND grads are dead handy for shooting video. For stills the silly disco effects and so forth are redundant, but ND grads are indispensable for making the sky look like sky instead of a blown-out white zone of nothing. Mind you, there are loads of cheap ones on eBay. And there are other good-quality choices. But!

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ZAnton
By ZAnton (Jul 12, 2011)

Good news. Maybe the internet page www.cokin.com/fr will work one day and they finally will sell their stuff in Europe.

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Plastek
By Plastek (Jul 12, 2011)

hehehehe, good point!

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ZDP-189
By ZDP-189 (Jul 12, 2011)

That's good news, I suppose.

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