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11-27-2008, 02:33 PM   #1
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Prices differences on essentially the same lens?

So I've noticed that the Tokina and Pentax DA* lenses are essentially the same lens? They belong to the same company, but what seems to be different branding. Which takes me to point out the fact that the Tokina 50-135mm f/2.8 is $649 at B&H and the Pentax DA* 50-135mm f/2.8 is $100 more at $749. Anyone know if there are any differences between the 2, or why it costs $100 more for Pentax users and not Canikons?

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Those are two items the Tokina lens does not have.
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Quick shift focussing, SMC coatings - there's another two...
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So I've noticed that the Tokina and Pentax DA* lenses are essentially the same lens? They belong to the same company, but what seems to be different branding. Which takes me to point out the fact that the Tokina 50-135mm f/2.8 is $649 at B&H and the Pentax DA* 50-135mm f/2.8 is $100 more at $749. Anyone know if there are any differences between the 2, or why it costs $100 more for Pentax users and not Canikons?
This has been discussed here in the past, but let me repeat it once again:

1 Tokina and Pentax share the same optical design (originally developed by Pentax) but the lenses are made in different factories and have different mechanical designs, e.g., the Pentax lens has QS manual focusing, SDM AF, and weather-sealing, while the Tamron lens does not. This is a good part of the reason that the Pentax version costs more.

2. Pentax is a division of Hoya, but Tokina is not, although they share some lens designs and such. What is your source for stating that Tokina and Pentax belong to the same company?

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$100 dollars extra is actually an amazing deal. DA*s are pretty amazing value...
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