Tokina has announced the new 12-28mm wide-angle zoom lens for APS-C cameras, which provides a maximum constant aperture of f/4 throughout the focal length.
The CP+ Show 2013 has come packed with multiple announcements, including a replacement for the Tokina 12-24mm f/4 lens aimed at APS-C cameras. As the product has been introduced only for Japan, the company has finally announced it for the United States market.
Tokina AT-X 12-28mm f/4 lens becomes official for Canon and Nikon APS-C cameras
The new Tokina AT-X 12-28mm f/4 lens is a wide-angle zoom optic, which has been designed exclusively for DSLRs with APS-C image sensors from Canon and Nikon.
The manufacturer claims that this lens is perfect for a range of photography scenarios, including street, event, and landscape shootings.
Say goodbye to annoying optical aberrations
Tokina’s latest product is made out of 14 elements divided into 12 groups. There are a couple of Super-low Dispersion (SD) elements which will amend optical flaws, such as chromatic aberration.
A new autofocus technology has been added into the lens. It is based on GMR magnetic precision and it should provide very fast and accurate autofocus. Moreover, a Silent Drive-Module (SD-M) technology also delivers very quiet AF.
There is no integrated image stabilization technology
The company has confirmed that the lens boasts a 77mm filter thread, meaning that it will be compatible with multiple polarizing filters. However, there is no image stabilization technology whatsoever, therefore photographers will have to rely solely on their steady hands.
Tokina AT-X 12-28mm f/4 lens offers a minimum focusing distance of just 25 centimeters and it can also keep its maximum aperture through the whole focal range.
Tokina AT-X 12-28mm f/4 wide-angle zoom lens coming soon for $599
Nikon photographers will benefit from a 35mm lens equivalent of 18-42mm for a price of $599, while Canon users will pay the same price for a 19-44mm when it comes down to 35mm equivalent.
The Tokina AT-X 12-28mm f/4 wide-angle zoom lens’ exact release date is currently unknown, but the product should become available by the end of June for both mounts.