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Tokina ultra-wide zoom for Canon EF and Nikon F mount to release in December

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A new version of Tokina’s popular ultra wide-angle 17-35mm f/4 zoom lens will be available from 11 December for $599

The new lens is said to have an accurate and fast autofocus due to Tokina's GMR sensor and SD-M (Silent Drive Module) and has a one-touch focus clutch so you can  snap the focus ring back and forth to switch between AF and MF modes. It also has additional weather sealing around the mount area to protect against moisture. 

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Tokina's old 17-35mm f/4 AT-X version (left) and brand-new version atx-i model (right). (Image credit: Tokina)

Like the prior model it will boast an 82mm filter thread, as well as a maximum constant f/4 and minimum f/22 apertures. As well as a minimum focus distance of 28cm, internal focusing and nine aperture blades for smooth circular bokeh.


(Image credit: Tokina)

It also boasts the same amount of glass : 13 elements in 9 groups, so on the surface looks like this is more of a cosmetic upgrade rather than a total overhaul. Though we're eager to get our hands on one and compare its image quality, build and autofocus performance against the old model to see any differences and improvements. 

While the prior model tipped the scales at 600g, the new optic weighs in at 569g for Nikon F mount, or 609g from Canon EF. Full specs can be found in the chart below. 

(Image credit: Tokina)

For more information, check out the Tokina website here.

Pre-order Tokina atx-i 17-35mm f/4 FF Lens for Canon EF at Adorama

Pre-order Tokina atx-i 17-35mm f/4 FF Lens for Nikon F at Adorama

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Dan Mold

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