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    Tokina makes a pretty good series of lenses. They have a number of AF lenses for CanNikon cameras, and used to make OM mount lenses. I wonder if or when they will make 4/3 mount lenses.
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    I have had two Tokina Atx-pro series lenses for Sony and Minolta cameras. They are built like tanks but unfortunately they are a bit soft at F2.8 but are really sharp when stopped down. Having to stop it down for it to be sharp defeats the purpose of having a fast lens. There build quality is great though.

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    Don't hold your breath. I doubt they will ever make 4/3 mount lenses -- especially after Panasonic introduced the m4/3 mount.

    Besides, Tokina's not that great anyways. For some reason, their lenses tend to have higher than average chromatic aberration. Perhaps they don't see it as much of a problem, which would explain their minimal progress on that front over the past decade. Flare control could be improved on their lenses as well.
    4/3: Oly E-3, E-1, E-520, 9-18, 11-22, 14-54, 50-200, 70-300, 25/2.8, 35/3.5 | Leica 14-50, 14-150, 25/1.4
    m4/3: E-P3 | G1 | 14/2.5 | 20/1.7 | 14-42 IIR | 17/2.8 | 45/1.8 | Nik 20/3.5
    Nikon: D90, D700, 70-300/VR, 24/2.8, 35/1.8, 35/2, CV 40/2, 50/1.4G, 60/2.8, 85/1.8, 180/2.8 | f/2.8 zooms | Zeiss 25/2.8
    Sony: A55, A900, 24-85, 70-210/4, 20/2.8, 24/2.8, 30/2.8, 35/1.4G, 50/1.7, Zeiss 85/1.4
    P&S: Canon S90

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    Default Re: Tokina

    there was some speculation they would offer 4/3 mounts in 06

    http://www.ephotozine.com/article/To...r-digital-SLRs
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    Default Re: Tokina

    Quote Originally Posted by Riley View Post
    there was some speculation they would offer 4/3 mounts in 06

    http://www.ephotozine.com/article/To...r-digital-SLRs
    Hi Riley, I read the article you linked to, but cannot find said speculation
    4/3: Oly E-3, E-1, E-520, 9-18, 11-22, 14-54, 50-200, 70-300, 25/2.8, 35/3.5 | Leica 14-50, 14-150, 25/1.4
    m4/3: E-P3 | G1 | 14/2.5 | 20/1.7 | 14-42 IIR | 17/2.8 | 45/1.8 | Nik 20/3.5
    Nikon: D90, D700, 70-300/VR, 24/2.8, 35/1.8, 35/2, CV 40/2, 50/1.4G, 60/2.8, 85/1.8, 180/2.8 | f/2.8 zooms | Zeiss 25/2.8
    Sony: A55, A900, 24-85, 70-210/4, 20/2.8, 24/2.8, 30/2.8, 35/1.4G, 50/1.7, Zeiss 85/1.4
    P&S: Canon S90

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    Default Re: Tokina

    oh shoot, im sorry, really am the worlds most hopeless drunk

    the rumour wasnt about Tokina at all, but Tamron
    and then I gave you the wrong link anyway....
    but at least i got the year right

    http://www.biofos.com/archive/specltn.html
    "The expanded 4/3rds consortium seems to be buzzing with promise and the hint that TAMRON may be about to sign is more good news."

    im not sure where it originated, but it made it to many forums at the time, and appeared in the wiki for awhile too...

    now wheres that cab sav....
    Riley

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    Adding either Tokina or Tamron to the list of 4/3 mount lens makers would be good. More competition should help with prices. I've used both in film, and considered most of the lenses I've tried to be reasonably good for the price.

    Not that either match the quality of the Zuiko OM lenses I have, just that the price/performance compromise was reasonable.
    Will
    http://www.sawtellephoto.com

    Olympus E-510
    Zuiko D 14-42 f/3.5-5.6
    Zuiko D 40-150 f/4-5.6
    Zuiko D 70-300 f/4-5.6
    Zuiko D 35mm f/3.5 Macro
    Zuiko D 25mm f/2.8 Pancake
    Olympus FL-36
    Olympus OM-1n, OM-2n, OM-4
    Scads of OM Lenses

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