Why are some Canon lenses white?

Canon RF 100-500mm
(Image credit: Future)

It is said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and it seems Tokina is out to emulate Canon's L-series telephoto optics with the launch of new white versions of several of its existing lenses:

• Tokina atx-i 100mm WE F2.8 FF Macro (Nikon F/Canon EF)
• Tokina atx-i 11-16mm WE F2.8 CF (Nikon F/Canon EF)
• Tokina atx-i 11-20mm WE F2.8 CF (Nikon F/Canon EF)
• Tokina atx-m 11-18mm WE F2.8 E (Sony E)

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Ben Andrews

Ben is the Imaging Labs manager, responsible for all the testing on Digital Camera World and across the entire photography portfolio at Future. Whether he's in the lab testing the sharpness of new lenses, the resolution of the latest image sensors, the zoom range of monster bridge cameras or even the latest camera phones, Ben is our go-to guy for technical insight. He's also the team's man-at-arms when it comes to camera bags, filters, memory cards, and all manner of camera accessories – his lab is a bit like the Batcave of photography! With years of experience trialling and testing kit, he's a human encyclopedia of benchmarks when it comes to recommending the best buys.