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Old Jan 7, 2005, 11:10 AM   #11
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I think those differences aren't going to matter to a lot of people. A USM motor would be nice, but this is a focal length mostly reserved for Landscapes and perhaps architectural shots soa non-USM driveisn't going to be a major downside to the working of the lens. The fact that the lens is not full-frame will rule this out as an option for some people but I think plenty of D30/60, 10/20D owners won't be bothered in the slightest bit.

There is no quibbling with this lens, it is a true ultra-wide angle lens. Other lenses such as the 17-35's and 20-40's might be considered wide-angle on full frame cameras, but for anyone with a 1.5/1.6 crop factor camera they are little more then wide/normal lenses.

It's major winning points are its size and price. It is much smaller then the competing Sigma and it has a more normal filter set-up. The price means that anyone who can afford a Digital SLR in the first place can afford to get this lens. I think that even if this lens only achieves "poor" optical quality it will still be immensely popular as many people would prefer to have a bad lens to cover this focal range then not have any lens at all. Thats why i'm kind of surprised that people haven't shown more interest in its release. I for one am getting impatient to see the first reviews of this lens!
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Old Jan 7, 2005, 11:23 AM   #12
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Definitely interested in hearing about it.

But it is still not available here yet, BHPhoto and others list it as a new item coming soon. Canadian vendors don't list it at all. All I can find out are that it is expected to sell for 500$us and is probably for aps-c sized digitals only.

Checking the www.tokina.com site seems to bejust a pile of uslesslinks to buy from.No actual product info
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Old Jan 7, 2005, 11:51 AM   #13
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Definitely interested in hearing about it.

But it is still not available here yet, BHPhoto and others list it as a new item coming soon. Canadian vendors don't list it at all. All I can find out are that it is expected to sell for 500$us and is probably for aps-c sized digitals only.

Checking the http://www.tokina.com site seems to bejust a pile of uslesslinks to buy from.No actual product info

That's because tokina.com is not the tokina website. There's a japanese website:

http://www.tokina.co.jp/

Or there's http://www.thkphoto.com/, which is the USA distributor. Of course, the 12-24 isn't mentioned on it (grr.) The site you noticed is owned by a company called

HANGANG Systems,Inc. dba doregi.com (a domain registration company). Hmm... there might be some anticybersquatting liability here!




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Old Jan 7, 2005, 12:56 PM   #14
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Figures CyberSquatters :roll:

The lens is actually mentioned in an announcemnt on the thkphoto news page. But then nothing else.
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Old Jan 7, 2005, 4:42 PM   #15
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FYI -



http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...=360349&is=REG

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Old Jan 7, 2005, 4:45 PM   #16
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The first I heard about the lens was when I was checking price and availability on the wide-angle lens I had been thinking of buying until Inoticed the 12-24further down the listing. So it can't be said that Tokina have done a great deal to promote their new lens. I mean would a few sample copies to some reviewers on well-known web-sites have been that difficult?!



The release date for the lens was meant to be December 2004 so it should already be available in some places. The site I buy from is listing it as in stock and for sale. The only thing stopping me from ordering it right nowis the lack of sample pictures and reviews!

Oh and nice pics NHL!

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Just a quick update;

The european web-site I buy from will start shipping the first Tokina 12-24's in January. So maybe it'll be a month or more before the first user-reviews and samplesstart appearing.

I also asked them about the Tamron 11-18 lens but they weren't able to give me the release date or the retail price as yet. So I guess it'll be a good few months before anything more is heard of that.
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Old Jan 14, 2005, 5:25 AM   #18
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Found some new samples (courtesy of Klaus over at Photozone)

which can be found here;

http://www.vieribottazzini.com/d70/DSC_0867_big.jpg

and here;

http://www.vieribottazzini.com/d70/DSC_0866_big.jpg

Both shots taken with a Nikon D70, both shots taken at 12mm. The first one was taken at f/4 and the second at f/8
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