Tokina 70-200mm f/4 VCM-S Lens

Tokina Announces Stabilized AT-X Pro 70-200mm f/4 VCM-S Lens

Tokina AT-X Pro 70-200mm f/4 VCM-S

This morning, Kenko-Tokina Japan announced a new image-stabilized telephoto zoom, the AT-X Pro 70-200mm f/4 FX VCM-S. The lens has still not been announced internationally, so information is a little sparse, but the basics are clear: it’s a stabilized lens, offering about 4-stops worth of stabilization, with a fast, ring-type USM-style focusing motor. Its design includes 19 elements in 14 groups, and it weighs 980 grams (2 lb. 2.5 oz.).

Tokina 70-200mm f/4 VCM-S Lens
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Currently, the lens is only scheduled to be released in Nikon mount, though that will probably change in the future.

For sample images, visit http://www.kenko-tokina.co.jp/tokina/atx70-200.html#w08 . I recommend taking a look at the owl image and mousing over the details; the optical quality looks to be at a very high standard.

Things get a little weird when it comes to the price, though. According to the site, the MSR price is expected to be ¥150,000, which is about $1475 US dollars. That price is significantly higher than Canon’s 70-200 f/4L IS USM ($1350) and Tamron’s 70-200 f/2.8 VC USD ($1440), both of which are already very highly rated.

It may be that the street price will be less, however; the popular Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8 zoom has an MSRP of ¥118,000, about $1160, but retails in the US for $624, just over 53% of the MSRP. Similarly, the Tokina 12-28 f/4 has an MSRP of 90,000 yen ($886), but sells in the US for $449, approximately 50% of MSRP.

If this trend holds up, we can expect the Tokina AT-X 70-200mm f/4 to have a street price of between $737 and $781, making this a VERY attractive lens. That said, the more recent Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 II also has an MSRP of 90,000 yen, but sells for about $525 in the USA, a difference of 60%. If that is a better model, we’d expect the new 70-200 to cost closer to $880-900. Still a good price.

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