Tokina reveals three unbelievably compact super-telephoto lenses

Tokina SZ Pro Reflex lens
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Update 20 January 2022
Tokina has now officially announced that the three SZ Pro mirror lenses - the 300mm f/7.1, 600mm f/8 and 900mm f/11 - will go on sale worldwide from 3 February. 

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Header Cell - Column 0 SZ 300mmSZ 600mmSZ 900mm
Size (diam. x length)61 x 74.5mm88.6 x 125mm96.1 x 168mm
Lens construction8 elements, 8 groups8 elements, 8 groups7 elements, 7 groups
Filter size46mm77mm86mm
Min focus distance0.92m1.77m2.61m
Max magnification1/2.51/2.51/2.5

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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.