Tokina has finally announced the availability of its 70-200mm f/4 PRO FX VCM-S AT-X telephoto lens for Nikon F-mount cameras two years after its first official appearance.
More than a couple of years ago, Tokina has revealed a prototype of a 70-200mm telephoto zoom lens with a constant maximum aperture of f/4 throughout the zoom range.
The prototype was on display at the CP+ Camera & Photo Imaging Show 2012. One year later, during CP+ 2013, the Japan-based company unveiled another prototype of the same lens, while claiming that the prototype would be released soon.
Unfortunately, the optic has not become available on the market so far. However, the manufacturer has finally decided to meet the demands of the users by announcing a release date and a price for this product.
Tokina introduces AT-X 70-200mm f/4 PRO FX VCM-S lens for Nikon F-mount cameras
It is now called Tokina AT-X 70-200mm f/4 PRO FX VCM-S lens. It is still a telephoto zoom model with a maximum aperture of f/4, which can be used regardless of the selected focal length.
The Japanese company has confirmed that the lens has been designed for Nikon F-mount DSLR cameras with full frame image sensors. However, Nikon DX-format DSLRs with APS-C image sensors will support the optic, too, although the lens will work in crop mode.
The price of the new telephoto zoom lens stands at 150,000 yen. This amount accounts for roughly $1,475. It will go on sale in Japan on May 30, while US availability remains unknown.
Tokina AT-X 70-200mm f/4 PRO FX VCM-S lens features optical image stabilization system
The reason why the Tokina AT-X 70-200mm f/4 PRO FX VCM-S lens launch has been delayed for so long remains unknown. Regardless of Tokina’s motives, we should take a closer look at its specs.
This lens comes packed with the new VCM-S image stabilization technology. It reduces the effects of camera shakes, so photographers can capture high quality photos without blur.
Tokina’s new 70-200mm f/4 optic features autofocus, courtesy of a ring-type ultrasonic motor. Additionally, a manual focus ring is placed on the lens. As for the minimum focusing distance, it has been set at one meter.
Tokina’s lens will compete against Nikon’s own 70-200mm f/4 lens
The dimensions of the new Tokina lens are 82mm in diameter and 167.5 mm in length. Its filter is sized at 67mm, while the total weight stands at 980 grams.
Tokina says that the AT-X 70-200mm f/4 PRO FX VCM-S lens has been designed with portability in mind. As a result, the length of the lens does not increase when zooming.
As stated above, there are no US availability details. We expect the lens to be cheaper than $1,500, considering the fact that Amazon is selling Nikon’s own 70-200mm f/4G ED VR lens for about $1,400.