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Old Aug 10, 2006, 10:52 AM   #1
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Tokina announced prices for coming lenses

16-50/2.8 http://www.tokina.co.jp/news/4961607atx165news.html
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Desired retail price 113,000 Yen. Approx. $982. Sale due date 2006 late November

50-135/2.8 http://www.tokina.co.jp/news/4961607atx535news.html
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Desired retail price 138,000 Yen. Approx. $1200, Sale due date 2006 middle of October

10-17/3,5-4,5 http://www.tokina.co.jp/news/4961607atx107news.html
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Desired retail price 82,000 Yen. Approx. $713. Sale due date 2006 September first third
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Old Aug 11, 2006, 12:22 AM   #2
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Good find.

Interesting ranges... And a Fish-Eye Zoom! That's something you don't see everyday.

I would have rather seen an 18-200 from them though... And maybe a price drop, and increased supply of the 12-24.

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Old Aug 15, 2006, 12:14 PM   #3
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Those prices sound extremely high compared to other similar lenses. I doubt many would pay nearly $1000 US for the 16-50mm f/2.8 when they can get the Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 for around $1200 after rebate. I would have expected the price of this particular lens to be more in the $500 range, similar to the 12-24mm f/4 and 28-80mm f/2.8 (the lens it is essential a DX equivalent to).

The same holds true for the 50-135mm f/2.8. It seems it would priced more in the $- $600 - $700 range like the 80-200mm f/2.8 was (before being discontinued) since this essentially the DX equivalent.

The 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 fisheye has a bit less precadent but seeing as this lens was joint-developed by Tokina & Pentax it seems the price would be closer to or less than to $580, the MSRP of the pentax version.

This may be a case of the japanese prices simply being higher than the US prices... similar holds for Nikon products in the UK with prices being roughly $1 to 1 GBP while the true exchange rate is $1 = $1.89 GBP.
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Old Aug 27, 2006, 9:06 PM   #4
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I agree, the prices are too high, especially for the 16-50mm. I would fancy that lens but I would never pay anything more than 500$ for it. For that price I'd get the 17-50mm Tamron and be happy with it.
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Old Aug 29, 2006, 11:23 PM   #5
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Suggested list prices are usually 30-40% higher than what they go for at a reputable online dealer. The sigma 18-50 is $720 on the manufacturers website and sells for $409 on b&hphoto. The tamron 17-50 2.8 is $763 on their website but sells for $449. I think the 16-50 will be marketed to compete directly with tamron and sigma's versions. I'm betting around $549. The 10-17 and 50-135 also lower proportionately.
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Old Aug 30, 2006, 5:33 AM   #6
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Very expensive!

Expecially I was looking forward to the F/2.8 16-50 mm too.

Now I don't need to get botheredbecause I still havethe Tamron F/2.8 17-50 mm.

SIGMA also have the F/2.8 50 - 150 mm if I am not mistaken. I don't believe it will cost that much as the Tokina 50-135/2.8 version.



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Old Aug 30, 2006, 5:47 AM   #7
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Yeah, that 50-150mm Sigma is looking mighty good, especially for the right price.

I think that Tokina needs to improve its sales figures against the likes ofSigma/Tamron so my guess is that it will lower its prices just a slight to make their lens offer more competitive. At least, that's what I hope 'cuz that 16-50mm sounds delicious :-).

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Old Feb 9, 2007, 2:05 AM   #8
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The Tokina 16-50 f/2.8 will be worth $1000 to me under 2 conditions: 1) they come close to matching the quality of the Nikon 17-55 f/2.8, AND 2) the wide end is a true 16mm (or even a bit wider). The Nikon disappoints because it is really more an 18-55 than 17-55 with the result that it is a 27mm equivalent at the wide end.

Considering that Nikon's most popular full framelenses are their 24-xxx line, it is strange that they have missed the boat with their APS lenses. 27-28mm equivalent is just not wide enough for landscape and general scenic photography.

I'd rather have excellent 16 f/2.8 & 35mm f/2.8 macro prime lenses than the zooms but it looks like Tokina comes closest at delivering, IF the above conditions are met for me.

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Old Feb 20, 2007, 11:47 AM   #9
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Are any of these new Tokina lenses available Yet?
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