Tokina add in-lens motor to Nikon 12-24mm AT-X
Kenro has announced the UK release of the Tokina AT-X 124 PRO DX II, the new version of the acclaimed AT-X 124 PRO DX. The Nikon mount AT-X 124 PRO DX II features a built-in AF motor drive that operates smoothly and quietly due to a DC motor that uses a new AF control gear assembly. With the built-in motor, the lens can be used in AF mode with the Nikon D60 and D40 and other silent wave bodies. The Canon version of the lens already has a built-in AF motor.
The optical system of the original lens won awards for its sharpness and the new version has been improved further by the introduction of a new multi-coating system. This new coating helps reduce reflections that can cause flare and ghosting.
Like its predecessor, the AT-X 124 PRO DX II features the one-touch focus clutch mechanism. To use this feature the user simply moves the focus ring forward, towards the front of the lens, for AF or back for MF. This allows for a fast and easy manual over-ride in difficult lighting situations.
Further features include:
Focal length: 12-24mm
Maximum Aperture: F/4
Minimum Aperture: F/22
Optical Construction: 13 Elements / 11Groups
Angle of view: 99 – 61°
Minimum Focus Distance: 11.8 in. (30cm)
Macro Ratio: 1:8
Aperture blades: 9
Filter Size: 77mm
Lens diameter: 3.46 in. (84mm)
Total length: 3.5 in. (89.5mm)
Weight: 19.0 oz. (540g)
Included Accessories: BH-777 Star bayonet hood
An online forum for Tokina users can be found at, www.tokinausers.co.uk, this free-to-use online community allows all Tokina lens users to share their experience using the lenses and offer tips to their peers. There is also the facility for users to upload their photographs taken with Tokina lenses.
Kenro are the official UK distributors for Tokina lenses. See www.kenro.co.uk for details of your nearest stockist, or call Kenro on 01793 615836 for more details.
Editor’s note: the wording of this Tokina release makes it clear that this is NOT a ‘silent wave’ lens – which is Nikon’s term for sonic motor focusing, and does not apply to the bodies, only to lenses. The new Tokina uses a DC motor (i.e. a micromotor) and gearing to drive the focus, not a ring or wave hypersonic motor.