Tokina Lenses for Canon & Nikon


Roscoe

Link Posted 26/08/2011 - 12:04
Has anyone noticed that Tokina lenses are no longer available for Pentax cameras?

When I had my "Super A" and my "Program A", I had some great Tokina lenses, sadly nothing is now available for a Pentax mount!

Why is this, and why are we being pushed into the "background", are we being made to feel that Pentax is an inferior product.

What are your views.

Mike-P

Link Posted 26/08/2011 - 12:07
I "think" it's something to do with a tie up between Tokina and Hoya/Pentax. The 35mm macro, fisheye, 50-135mm 16-50mm and df-a 100mm macro are also produced under the Tokina brand (but sell for a lot less). They don't have WR, SDM (some would say a good thing) or quick focus ability.
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bretti_kivi

Link Posted 26/08/2011 - 12:13
We are not being pushed. Why on earth would you think that?

Pentax and Tokina - Tok make lenses for Pentax which are then exclusively marketed and sold as Pentax. Hence no Tok lenses.
Financial reality - Pentax is a small market and were obviously willing to outsource lens development. If this means the survival of the brand, then...... I don't have a problem with it.

Bret
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my kit: K3, K5, K-01, DA 18-55, D-FA50 macro, Siggy 30/1.4, 100-300/f4, 70-200/2.8, Samsung 12-24/f4, Tamron 17-50, and lots of other bits.

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johnriley

Link Posted 26/08/2011 - 12:27
Pentax have worked with Tokina and Tamron, and who knows who else. The Pentax versions of lenses have the finish and coatings we would expect, so presumably the basic mechanics and optical cells are co-sourced. No doubt this coperation benefits both companies.

I suspect all marques do this from time to time, including the major lens names such as Leica.
Best regards, John

sam-joseph

Link Posted 26/08/2011 - 12:38
I believe Tokina is an amalgamation of the Tokina/Kenko/Hoya companies. So even though the current Tokina lenses resemble the Pentax variants, there's no way they would be produced in Pentax mount, thereby undermining the sales of Pentax branded lenses. I personally would love to see a Tokina 50-135 in Pk mount, as it's far cheaper than the Pentax job. Having said that, now that Ricoh have taken over from Hoya, who knows what might happen??

Regards
Sam-Joseph
Pentax K7, Sigma 17-70 f2.8-4.5, Sigma 70-200 f2.8 APO EX, Sigma 70-300 APO, Sigma 1.4x TC, Vivitar 2x TC. Takumar 135mm f2.5, SMC Pentax A 50mm 1:1.7, SMC Pentax -M 1:4 200mm, Pentax X70
Last Edited by sam-joseph on 26/08/2011 - 12:40

Mike-P

Link Posted 26/08/2011 - 12:42
sam-joseph wrote:
I personally would love to see a Tokina 50-135 in Pk mount, as it's far cheaper than the Pentax job. Having said that, now that Ricoh have taken over from Hoya, who knows what might happen??

Probably not a lot as Tokina ceased production of the 16-50mm and 50-135mm a while ago now.
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Last Edited by Mike-P on 26/08/2011 - 12:42

sam-joseph

Link Posted 26/08/2011 - 13:17
I hate it when I'm proven wrong in 4 minutes flat...

Regards
Sam-Joseph
Pentax K7, Sigma 17-70 f2.8-4.5, Sigma 70-200 f2.8 APO EX, Sigma 70-300 APO, Sigma 1.4x TC, Vivitar 2x TC. Takumar 135mm f2.5, SMC Pentax A 50mm 1:1.7, SMC Pentax -M 1:4 200mm, Pentax X70
Last Edited by sam-joseph on 26/08/2011 - 13:17

johnriley

Link Posted 26/08/2011 - 13:37
Things have changed a lot and these days lenses seem to have a limited run in many cases. Examples are usually co-produced, such as the 18-250mm.

In ancient times a marque would have a lens on its books pretty much for ever, as a 24mm was always needed in the range, and a 28mm, and so on. Modern zooms seem more like specific one-off designs.

Fortunately they do last quite well in the market place, but it would be nice to find a new 18-250mm. I should have bought one when they were on clearance at 199.
Best regards, John
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