The new Tokina AT-X 24-70mm f/2.8 PRO FX lens is coming soon

Update: the Tokina AT-X 24-70mm f/2.8 PRO FX lens is now officially announced.

The new Tokina AT-X 24-70mm f/2.8 PRO FX lens for DSLR cameras (Aspherical, IF, full frame) is already listed at B&H and is "coming soon". I believe the official announcement will be today or tomorrow for the CP+ show. Prototype of this lens were on display last year at the CP+ and Photokina shows:

Tokina AT-X 11-20mm f:2.8 PRO DX and 24-70mm f:2.8 PRO FX lens prototypes

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  • pyktures

    Not one to judge before trying it but, I fail to see the usefulness of yet another 24-70…
    will it beat the tamron?…. no VC there 🙁
    will it beat the Nikon? …. on price? :/

    consequences will be that stores wouldn’t afford carrying more versions of the 24-70 and Tokina’s release delays will once again be thrown into a flood of choice and disappear (on top of that having much higher depreciation on the used market).

    had the 11-28 2.8 be FX the game would have been different.

    • Spy Black

      The price/performance ratio will decide the Tokina’s fate. It doesn’t have stabilization, and it may not match up to the Nikkor optically, but if the price is right for the performance of the lens, then there will be a place for it. It all comes down to that.

      • pyktures

        maybe it’s going against the aging and “functionnal” Sigma 24-70 EX HSM… I wouldn’t go as low as the tamron 28-75…

        • Spy Black

          Except for smeared edges at the wide end, the 28-75 Tamron wasn’t bad, assuming you could find one that wasn’t decentered. I used one for portrait work for a while, it wasn’t bad in that capacity. Replaced it with a Tokina 28-70 Angenieux model.

          • pyktures

            how is it compared to the nikon 24-70?

          • Spy Black

            No contest. Only the Canon 24-70 is better than the Nikon.

    • MonkeySpanner

      It was the same thing with the Tokina 70-200 f/4. Although – when they showed the first prototype back in 2012, Nikon did not have an f/4 lens in this range – but that changed about 6 months later.
      So I suspect that Tokina is not selling very many 70-200 f/4 lenses. CaNikon already have that lens, and the CaNikon 70-200 f/4s are VERY good lenses. The Tokina – meh. It has gotten some lukewarm reviews.
      I said all of this to say that price will move lenses for Tokina. This lens, along with the 70-200 f/4 will have to find a price in the market where Tokina can move enough units to make a profit. Or – maybe they never find a point where they can make a profit and they just have to dump the lenses at firesale prices (and I will certainly be there to pick one up).

  • true

    tokina is late in the game I’d say (heck, even sigma is!) . Right now, I think the only sensible option is to wait for the Nikon 24-70 f2.8 PF VR specs , since a good 300-400 weight loss could make all the difference.

    Heck, they could make a f2 PF now if they wanted to, since now they can drop the weight + add more with better glass!

    Think what a sigma 50 1.4 Art would be like if it had even better glass (than it already has), and a PF.. though it would be way too expensive at that point xD

    • Spy Black

      PF is not a be-all, end-all technology. It has one bad artifact that needs to be custom addressed. The technology int he present Sigma perform quite well without it.

      • Martin Huisman

        Which artefact? The halo/flare?

        I have the 300mm PF since a week and I don’t see halo/flare issues at all and you know why?

        Because – as intended with this FL – I’m shooting sports and wildlife with it instead of street lanterns or cityscapes at night 😉

        edit: this means though that I do agree with you that it isn’t the “be-all end-all” tech. Innovation is a never ending process.

        • Spy Black

          You’re correct, I’ve made the point of specific use of PF lenses elsewhere, but a lens like the 300mm is not your typical all-around use lens. Incorporating PF into what is typically an all-around standard optic (24-70) does not strike me as a good idea, actually.

          But for me even the 300 PF (or any PF) is not an acceptable optic because I want to use it in ANY situation without having to go through custom processes to (hopefully) remove it’s halation artifact.

          • Martin Huisman

            Oh yes, if they ever make a 24-70 with PF and that one has flare handling issues because of PF optics, then I definitely agree with you.

            The only situation for a 300mm at night with bright lights I can think of is shooting pictures of your handsome neighbour at the other side of the street 😉

          • Spy Black

            Not really, take for example this shot I made of one of the supermoon risings. All those street and building lights would’ve made for quite a flaring nightmare (the flare around the moon is atmospheric).

          • Nobody Knows

            Great shot spy black

  • stpr

    I absolutely love the look and feel of Tokina’s products and the optical quality is really decent, a shame they don’t have some image stabilization tech, this is really biting them in the ass in the consumer market.

    • Doug Henry

      the stabilization in the Tokina 70-200/f4 is pretty good. not as good as nikon’s, but I have a feeling that has more to do with patents and price point than it does with technology.

  • My Tokina 28-80 2.8 is attached to my camera at this very moment.

    I suspect this lens will see store shelves about as quickly as their 70-200mm f/4 from however many years ago…

    • macsavageg4

      I have a couple copies of the Tokina 28-70mm f/2.8. My favorite and the current one that I have on the D800 is the Tokina 28-70mm f/2.6-2.8 fine lenses each of my but don’t get really sharp till about f/4.

      I have a feeling that I will at some point replace it with the Tamron 28-70mm f/2.8 VC short of coming across a good deal for the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8.

  • Zos Xavius

    Hmmm. Wonder if pentax will rebadge this one for their upcoming ff.

    • Spy Black

      If Tokina is smart, they crank out a Pentax version, as well as their 16-28, being as there is a vacuum of FX lenses for the new Pentax FF body. They would need to be quick on this, before Ricoh puts out similar optics.

      • Zos Xavius

        We know that most likely the standard zoom will be a rebadged lens. There have been some rumors from Tokina themselves that they were working with Pentax on full frame lenses. They have collaborated in the past on the 12-24, 16-50, and 50-135. Two of those lenses are stellar and it isn’t the 16-50 which I believe was a pentax design. If Pentax is going to rebadge this lens you will never see it in k-mount other than with Pentax labels and coatings.

        • Daedbird

          Pentax and Tokina have worked together on lenses in the past, with Pentax rebranding the lenses – which is why there is no Tokina offerings for the K-Mount presently.

          I rather think that since there is a 28-70 on Pentax’s lens roadmap, this will be that lens rebranded, and Pentax will fill its stable of FF lenses with other models as well…..

  • Neopulse

    Damn, they withheld the release a whole year?

    • MonkeySpanner

      Remember the Tokina 70-200 f/4? That was just recently released. The first prototype appeared at a show in early 2012! Yeah, Tokina takes their time with any lens that isn’t an ultra-wide.

  • Arn

    It could be the twin of the future Pentax standard f2.8 zoom.

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