Kenko Tokina has announced three weird looking 300mm, 600mm and 900mm super telephoto lenses are on the way

Oct 28, 2022

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Kenko Tokina has announced three weird looking 300mm, 600mm and 900mm super telephoto lenses are on the way

Oct 28, 2022

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Kenko Tokina Japan has announced three new manual focus lenses for APS-C mirrorless cameras. The three lenses are all super telephoto, being extremely long in terms of focal length all quite short in physical length. This design is due to the fact that they’re reflex lenses. Essentially, they contain mirrors to house a longer focal length inside a shorter barrel. But even for reflex lenses, they look pretty odd.

The three lenses have focal lengths of 300mm, 600mm and 900mm, and they’re coming to Indiegogo. They’re what Tokina calls its “SZ Pro Reflex” line, and the reflex design allows them to be very small indeed with the 900mm focal length lens said to be only 168mm in length.

There’s not a lot of information about the lenses yet, except that they’re super small for their focal lengths. We can see from the image at the top of the campaign, though, that the 300mm lens has an aperture of f/7.1, the 600mm of f/8 and the 900mm lens of f/11. Reflex lenses typically have a fixed aperture that cannot be stopped down. So, you’re adjusting your exposure either with ISO, shutter speed or by adding ND over the lens.

The campaign teaser also says that they’ll be coming for Sony, Canon and Fuji. This means Sony E, Fuji X and probably just Canon EF-M. Even though these are manual focus lenses, I suspect a company like Tokina isn’t going to risk rocking the proverbial boat by releasing an RF mount version. Even though they are APS-C lenses, I have to say, it’d be nice to see these come in Micro Four Thirds mount, too. It would be difficult to adapt any of the APS-C mirrorless mount versions to MFT as you could with Nikon F or Canon EF mount reflex lenses.

There’s no word on a price yet or when they’ll go retail, but the Indiegogo campaign runs from November 7th to the 29th, so we don’t have long to wait to find out.

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6 responses to “Kenko Tokina has announced three weird looking 300mm, 600mm and 900mm super telephoto lenses are on the way”

  1. Chris Avatar
    Chris

    I wonder if there are in body IS issues with the extra long focal lengths for m43rds bodies? It doesn’t make much sense for them to do all those mounts and then skip m43rds unless its a technical issue. From the photos, it looks like they are uncoupled designs–no electronics, and manual focus. The other issue might just be that m43rds already has good, lightweight, and faster autofocus lens options covering much of the range noted.

  2. pincherio Avatar
    pincherio

    I would think an EF mount would have made more sense than an EF-M mount, given the fact that Canon has shifted from the EF-M mount to the RF mount for their mirrorless APS-C systems. While the EF system has also been discontinued, there are a ton of adapters for EF to other lens systems so that move would be way more practical and reach a bigger market.

    1. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      I think it’s the flange distance. EF-M is mirrorless, with a much shorter flange distance than EF, allowing for potentially smaller lenses. If it were for EF, they would likely be no different to most of the mirror lenses already on the market.

  3. John Beatty Avatar
    John Beatty

    I hope they do a EF mount (I refuse to upgrade my Canon to RF just because of Canon BS). I use a 500mm mirror reflect sometimes for the donut bokeh

  4. Darrell Maxwell Photography Avatar
    Darrell Maxwell Photography

    The Tokina I own has probably the worst C.A. I’ve ever seen in a lens.

  5. DIYP community member Avatar
    DIYP community member

    Nothing really new, except scaled down for APS-C mirrorless. I had a Sigma 500mm f:8 cat, and had a Tokina 300mm f:6.3 cat in the past but was not a fan of the bokeh donuts.