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| p.1 #13 · New Sigma and Tokina lenses |
Massimo Foti wrote:
Tokina is weird BTW - they had a lot of promising and/or unique lenses that have been phased out (17/3.5, 100-300/4 - similar to the Sigma but without USM, etc.) but are in no hurry to update and reissue them. Their troubles with obtaining silent motor tech is also pretty well documented.
I guess they have limited R&D resources. They seems to, more or less, be able release only one lens a year.
Hope at least this new 70-200 is a signal they want to go back into tele-photo territory, they have been doing very well with their UWA zooms, but it's nice to see them releasing something longer once again.
Right. They had a 80-200/2.8 zoom on offer some time ago, and their 80-400/4.5-5.6 is probably still being sold, but they didn't seem particularly good performers. However, I imagine that updating more old lenses (the 100-300/4, the 300/2.8 or even the 300/4 that has been recently - and unexpectedly - reviewed at Photozone) with proper motors (and probably stabilizers) isn't as difficult as inventing a new design from scratch?