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Tokina previews 4 new APS-C format lenses, including 50-135/2.8  
Tuesday, May 16, 2006 | by Eamon Hickey reports that Tokina recently announced plans to introduce four new lenses designed for APS-C format digital SLRs -- i.e. Canon cameras such as the EOS 30D/20D/350D/Digital Rebel XT and all of Nikon's digital SLR models. The lenses will ship in the fall of 2006.'s report is based on a Japanese-language press release on Tokina's Japanese website that appears to be unavailable anywhere else, or in any other language. No pricing details or information on what mounts the lenses will be made for appears to be available.

The announced lenses include two ATX-Pro models:

  • a 16-50mm f/2.8 (35mm equivalent: roughly 24-75mm on Nikon DX or 26-80mm on Canon APS-C)
  • a 50-135mm f/2.8 that will roughly duplicate, for APS-C format cameras, the 70-200mm f/2.8 lenses that were so popular on 35mm film cameras (35mm equivalent: roughly 75-200mm on Nikon DX or 80-215mm on Canon APS-C)

The other two lenses are:

  • a 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 Fisheye zoom (35mm equivalent: roughly 15-25mm on Nikon DX or 17-27mm on Canon APS-C)
  • a 17-135mm f/3.5-5.6 (35mm equivalent: roughly 25-200mm on Nikon DX or 27-215mm on Canon APS-C)
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