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The latest optics for DSLR and mirrorless models

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Tokina AT-X 16-28 F/2.8 Pro FX
There are no new 2012 additions to the Tokina lens lineup, which consists of eight lenses—seven zooms and a macro prime.

The most recent lens from the manufacturer is the 16-28mm AT-X Pro wide-angle zoom. It sports a fast ƒ/2.8 aperture that remains constant across the focal range, and the GMR magnetic autofocus sensor combined with a silent DC motor make autofocusing faster than with previous models. Super-low-dispersion glass and aspheric elements reduce chromatic aberration, improve clarity and minimize distortion from edge to edge across the frame.

Estimated Street Price: $849.

Tamron 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC; Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD
There are two new zoom lenses available from Tamron, a 24-70mm standard zoom for Canon, Nikon and Sony DSLRs, and an 18-200mm extreme zoom built for the Sony NEX compact camera system.

The SP 24-70mm has a fairly large ƒ/2.8 maximum aperture, plus optical image stabilization to make it especially practical in low-light situations. The rounded aperture blades produce attractive bokeh, as well.
The 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC is a compact, yet powerful lens to pair with a compact, yet powerful NEX camera. Equivalent to a 27-300mm zoom, this lens covers a whopping focal range and has built-in optical image stabilization, yet the variable maximum aperture helps keep the size and weight down to a comfortable minimum.

Estimated Street Price: 24-70mm ($1,299); 18-200mm ($749).


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