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Is a new E-mount APS-C ultrawide zoom lens on the horizon?

Tokina atx-m 11-18mm f/2.8 rumor
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Sony Alpha Rumors has reported (opens in new tab) that users of Sony E-mount APS-C cameras could soon have a new ultrawide zoom lens option. The rumored Tokina atx-m 11-18mm f/2.8 would mark the company's first ever E-mount zoom lens, adding to the four existing primes in Tokina's atx-m line-up.

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If the rumors are correct, the new 11-18mm would be an APS-C lens with autofocus, a 67mm filter size, and a USB port for firmware updates. What's more, it's been reported that the Kenko Tokina company has a new factory that has developed a unique paint process which could see this lens and others receive a white color finish, in addition to the usual black option.

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With Tokina celebrating its 65th anniversary this year, it's possible other lenses like the atx-i 11-16mm F2.8 CF, atx-i 11-20mm F2.8 CF and atx-i 100mm F2.8 FF MACRO could also be made available in white as well.

Tokina atx-m 11-18mm f/2.8 rumor

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No other details have been reported, only that the Tokina atx-m 11-18mm f/2.8 has a rumored launch date of September 14th. If the lens does indeed materialise then, it'll be interesting to see how it compares to rival lenses such as Tamron's stunning 11-20mm f/2.8 Di III-A RXD, as well as Sony's own E 10-18mm F4 OSS. Given these two existing options are both closely matched to the Tokina in terms of focal range and aperture, Tokina's pricing would need to be pretty aggressive in order to carve its own niche in the market.

Via: Sony Alpha Rumors (opens in new tab)

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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.