PMA 2007 - Tokina 16-50mm f/2.8 Lens

March 11, 2007 | Mark Goldstein | Lenses | 16 Comments | |

Tokina 16-50mm f/2.8 LensPMA 2007: The Tokina 16-50mm f/2.8 lens was the single new lens on offer at Tokina’s US distributor booth, and it isn’t actually that new, being first announced in mid-2006. Still, that didn’t stop the US distributors from promoting it as a new product. This is a digital lens for APS-C size sensors only. The 16-50mm f/2.8 has the usual solid Tokina build quality, feeling well-balanced on the Nikon D80 body. Price and availabilty of the Tokina 16-50mm f/2.8 Lens are both to be confirmed.

Tokina 16-50mm f/2.8 Lens

Tokina 16-50mm f/2.8 Lens

Tokina 16-50mm f/2.8 Lens

Tokina 16-50mm f/2.8 Lens

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#1 Wingo

Oh god!

How long's the INFO of this lens been around? To be honest, I went from super excited and interested to almost forgot about it.

Haven't people at Tokina seen enough users purchasing Sigma 18-50/2.8, Tamron 17-50/2.8, Nikon 17-55/2.8, Canon 17-55/2.8IS, etc? I'm just so disappointed Tokina still doesn't even have a confirmed date of sale and price!


8:50 am - Sunday, March 11, 2007

#2 Chema

And when all others are launching stabilizated lenses as the canon 17-55 2.8 IS. It seems the new standard for futur lenses. If only it had a satabilitation system it would be a best seller, there isn't jet a Nikon choice against that Canon, less expensive, same (if not beter) optical quality and IS.

2:48 pm - Sunday, March 11, 2007

#3 Keiran

Thank goodness they have finally gone forward and brought it out.

To be honest, I'm more looking at how it compares to the Tamron 17-50. The Canon is almost three times as much money where I live.

The Tamron lens has been reported to be as good as the Canon in almost all areas.

I first heard rumors of this lens in December 2005. I wonder if anyone else has waited. If I hadn't read this, I would have gone out to purchase the Tamron 17-50 next weekend.

Hope this isn't just more waiting game.

8:24 am - Monday, March 12, 2007

#4 Chema

Wow 3 times cheaper than the Canon, that
would be around 350USD. Can you tell us
where to find some info on prices and
performance? that becomes a lot more
interesting if that's true.

1:00 pm - Monday, March 12, 2007

#5 Kenp

I dont need to wait! pentax fit!...

10:33 pm - Monday, March 12, 2007

#6 Keiran

Chema. Read the post. The Tamron is the lens I was talking about. It's like 15000 NT dollars here. The Canon is around 50000.

The Tokina is still as yet unpriced. There is a possibility that it will be around 120000 Yen. That would be a really sad thing for those who actually were interested in the lens as it would be around double the price of the already excellent Tamron. Of course that's in Japan and everything's more expensive in Japan.

I've read that the Tokina has multiple coatings on each lens element, so it's possible that the ghosting and flaring has actually been taken care of. If that is the case and it has good corner to corner sharpness, it may indeed be worth it. Notice that the filter size is 77mm. That is significantly larger than the Tamron. If they have used the principles of 'full frame' lenses to eliminate the corner issues, the increased size may indeed be indicative of getting around this by just pushing the optical issues out beyond the sides of the parts of the lens that an APS-C would typically use.

Lots of unknowns yet. It's also yet possible that the front element is the only thing that is really any larger...

I sure hope can get their hands on it quickly.

1:58 am - Tuesday, March 13, 2007

#7 John Hobson

I've been waiting for this lens for far too long now. I keep being on the verge of going out and buying the tamron but then wanting to wait and see what the tokina is like, I really hope it's out soon!

Kemp - hoya own pentax and tokina, there is a pentax version of this lens, just that it's branded pentax instead of tokina, otherwise it's the same lens -

2:38 pm - Tuesday, March 20, 2007

#8 Myong

I have been looking online every week for this lens. I want it bad. San Diego Photography

7:07 pm - Friday, April 20, 2007

#9 John Hobson

I have given up on this lens now and ordered the tamron 17-50. I really wanted it but it just too long and could not wait any longer. It is a shame as I did want to properly consider it.

7:38 pm - Friday, April 20, 2007

#10 Keiran

I also have officially given up the wait as of yesterday. I have officially been waiting since February 2006. That's 1 year and 2 months.

Still shows no sign of appearing in local shops here in Taiwan and the local shopkeepers expect it to be a fair bit more than the Tamron 17-50. I bought the Tamron after the shopkeeper put it on my body and let me try it for about 5 minutes. Almost as sharp as the 50mm f/1.8 at its best (I'm *NOT* a fan of that lens - I consider it good but of very limited usage with its extremely poor on-camera performance)

I also checked every week and emailed Tokina (with no response). I considered myself to be about as hardcore as a person could be in being loyal to the idea of that lens.

I am very disappointed, but at least the Tamron is still a very excellent choice and will serve me very well. Oh and it's actually on my camera instead of just being in my dreams!

2:31 am - Monday, April 23, 2007

#11 jeh

same here, couldn't wait for it, then forgot about it till now when i saw it still wasn't out ><

but there is still a ray of hope, i'll keep waiting

1:42 pm - Monday, April 30, 2007

#12 Keiran

Something to think about. I've had the Tamron lens for 2 weeks now. I've shot over 1000 images at 3 events in that time that I wouldn't have been able to do at all without it.

10:25 am - Thursday, May 3, 2007

#13 Myong

When is this lens coming into the US? I have been eagerly waiting to switch my sigma 18-500mm for the Tokina 16-50mm.
San Diego Wedding Photography

11:53 pm - Friday, May 11, 2007

#14 Keiran

Heh. If their track record is any indication, try 2009...

Three major international shows have passed with this lens being 'announced' and a couple of months after the most recent one, all I've heard is that a handful of stores in Japan carry the lens.

Hopefully someone is at least checking out the extremely poor response towards the lens and they are finally going to listen and fix the price point and chromatic aberration issue. I'm not holding my breath though.

The Tamron kicks major tail... Shot a play the other night and am nothing but impressed by its sharpness... Be careful of the field curvature though. This will jump up to bite you in the arse if you are shooting wide open for group shots... You will need to focus forward and stop the aperture down a bit to get the folks on the sides in the same plane as the ones in the middle... I lost all of my group shots for the bowing at the end because I did not pay attention to this until after the shoot.

Aside from that, I am continually amazed by the sharpness of the lens... beyond fine, its friggin' awesome... I could use a bit wider, but who couldn't? I'm considering picking up an ultrawide for that though... I doubt 16mm would be wide enough anyhow...

If we are lucky, Tokina might actually release a 16-50mm II before they actually ship the 16-50mm I.

Honestly, I think they are probably trying to save money on the shipping because they likely believe that the product will flop due to product mishandling...

Possible reasons are that they got wind of the Tamron release before it happened, so wanted to wait it out, or perhaps they are trying to push Pentax to let them use their coatings...

3:25 am - Saturday, May 12, 2007

#15 Carlo

Where ca i buy "tamron AF 17-50mm f/2.8 xr di ll vc"in taiwan?
Im from tainan...

2:43 pm - Thursday, August 7, 2014

#16 Keiran

I don't know that it is the current top rated lens, but I've seen it in several shops in Nova in Taichung.

I now have the Canon 17-55 f/2.8 IS and I quite like it. There are other options too. There's nothing like f/2.8 *and* IS on a comfortable zoom lens.

Although, I am spending a lot more time with my 100mm f/2.8 lately. It's not a fair comparison, but it's wayyyy sharper than the zoom lens and allows both clean, "proper" portraits as well as creative closeups. I use the 17-55 when I've got no room to move.

Make sure that whatever lens you get, it works well with your camera body. Read carefully on how the body does with the lens. That was my biggest gripe with the Tamron. Always sluggish, sometimes missed. I ended up lending it to a friend who never returned it and moved away.


4:33 pm - Thursday, August 7, 2014