History

2017

Tokina FíRIN 20mm F2 FE MF-first Tokina lens for full frame mirrorless cameras lens is released.

2016

Tokina AT-X 14-20 F2 PRO DX wide zoom lens for APS-C size cameras is released.

2015

Tokina AT-X 11-20 F2.8 PRO DX new lens model for APS-C size cameras and Tokina AT-X 24-70mm F2.8 PRO FX lens model for full-frame DSLR cameras are launched.

2014

Tokina AT-X 70-200 F4 PRO FX VCM-S lens, the first model for full-frame DSLR cameras with optical stabilization system, is launched.

2013

In April, Tokina AT-X 12-28 F4 PRO DX new lens model for APS-C size cameras is released.

2012

In June, Tokina Company merged with Kenko Company, resulting in the company changing its name into Kenko Tokina Co., Ltd., and the total annual revenue from sales is increased up to 20 billion Japanese yen.

A month before this event, the company announced the start sales of the Reflex 300mm F6.3 MF Macro mirror lens for the "Micro 3/4" system. Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX (11-16mm f/2.8) lens model is also apgraded to AT-X 116 PRO DXII (11-16mm f/2.8) lens.

2011

Tokina AT-X 17-35 PRO FX, the second model for full-frame DSLR cameras, is launched.

2010

In August, Tokina ATX 16-28 F2.8 PRO FX lens model, Tokina first lens for full-frame DSLR cameras, is launched.

2009

In May, Tokina launches Tokina AT-X 16.5-135mm F3.5 wide angle to telephoto lens model.

2008

Tokina acquires TSS manufacturing company for the manufacture of rotary position platforms for security systems. Tokina also acquires SUN ENGINEERING Company and founds a base in Fukaya (Saitama Prefecture) for the production of components for video surveillance systems.

In the February of the same year, Tokina announces another hit and "strong suit" in its line: the Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX (11-16mm f/2.8) lens model. This wide-angle aperture lens for APS-C size cameras becomes popular in Japan and especially abroad, where video recording begins to be taken off by DSLR cameras. The lens fits nicely into a new market niche.

In November 2008, the upgraded AT-X 124 PRO DXII (12-24mm f/4) lens model comes with a built-in autofocus motor for Nikon mid-range and entry-level cameras.

2007

Tokina AT-X 165 PRO (16-50mm f/2.8) lens model is launched in March and Tokina AT-X M35 PRO DX (35mm f/2.8 Macro) lens model in the December of the same year.

2006

The company moves to a new head office in the Saitama Prefecture.

Tokina AT-X 107 DX Fisheye (10-17 f/3.5-4.5) lens model is launched in September and Tokina  AT-X 535 PRO DX (50-135mm f/2.8) lens model in the October of the same year. Compared to 2005, the company’s sales increase by 1.5 times.

2005

The new Tokina AT-X M100 PRO DX (100mm f/2.8 Macro) lens model is launched in the April of this year.

2004

In November 2004, Tokina AT-X 124 PRO DX (12-24mm f/4) lens model is launched and becomes the first-ever model for APS-C size digital cameras with APS-C. It is sold at a more affordable price compared to the Nikon 12-24mm f/4 model, and its high quality features make this model instantly popular in the global market. In the photography market, this lens will hold a leading position until 2010.

2002

With the advent of DSLR cameras, Nikon D100 and Canon D30 DSLR cameras are sold at an affordable price for amateur photographers, resulting in average incomes. Tokina thus begins researching on the development and production of lenses for digital cameras.

1999

A Tokina subsidiary branch is founded in Changchun (China) for the production of CCTV lenses and quality control lines in factories.

1994

In 1994 the company is absorbed by Kenko Company as a subsidiary company, and renames itself as Tokina Co., Ltd.

In the period of 1994-1996, Tokina also develops and launches a new series of AT-X PRO lenses (1994-2000): AT-X 270 AF PRO (28-70mm f/2.8), AT-X 828 AF PRO (80-200mm f/2.8), AT-X 840 AF (80-400mm f/4.5-5.6), AT-X 235 AF PRO (20-35mm f/2.8), AT-X 280 AF PRO (28-80mm f/2.8) and AT-X 242 AF (24-200mm f/3.5 -5.6). Moreover, a new series of lenses comes out with the EMZ 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6, 100-300mm f/5.6-6.7, 28-210mm f/3.5-5.6 and 100mm f/3.5 Macro lens models.

1990

Tokina AF 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5, AF 70-210mm f/4-5.6 I&II, AF 20-35mm f/3.5-4.5, AT-X 17mm f/3.5, AT-X 100mm f/2.8 Macro, AF 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 and AT-X 400mm f/5.6 lend models are available for sale.

1988

Tokina launches Tokina 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5 and 70-210mm f/3.5-4.5 (Canon EOS mount) lens models with built-in auto focus motor.

1987

The photography market unleashes the competition between Minolta and Canon, which in this year announces the EOS 630 and 650 lens models with built-in AF motor. Tokina seeks to enter the market with its own under development autofocus system.

1985

With the release of Minolta α7000, Tokina lenses are provided with a built-in autofocus motor.

1981

A high-quality new series of AT-X lenses for professional photographic equipment was born in this year. Representatives of this series are some models such as Tokina 80-200mm f/2.8, 35-70 f/2.8, 24-40mm f/2.8, 90mm f/2.5 Macro, 35-200mm f/3.5-4.5, 28-135mm f/3.5-4.5, 100-300mm f/4 and 300mm f/2.8. Thus, Tokina enters the market of fast zoom lenses with a high magnifying power and registers the highest profit in the history of the company.

1978

With the increasing popularity and demand of Tokina optics for SLR cameras, Tokina can secure its position on the market and thus releases the new Tokina 80-200mm f/4 and 35-105mm f/3.5-4.5 lens models, with an explosive effect on the global photography market. In this year, Tokina 80-200mm f/4 lens is a million seller all over the world.

1977

In this year, Tokina macro lenses sales significantly increased.

1975

Tokina Macro Zoom Lens series starts to be one of the main productions from Tokina brand.

1971

The company changes its name in Tokina Kougaku Co., Ltd.

1967

Tokina 90-200mm f/4.5, that is Tokina’s first zoom lens was marketed this year.

1963

In this year, the company debuts at Photokina international exhibition. In the same year, the Olympic Games are held in Tokyo.

1960

In the sixties, the company starts up the production of its own lenses under Tokina brand. The company thus establishes itself as a manufacturer of optical lenses for SLR cameras. The first representative lens models to enter the market are Tokina 300mm f/5.5, 200mm f/4.5 and 135mm f/2.8.

1959

After its restoration, the company resumes all its businesses in glass polishing and SLR lens assembly for other companies.

1950

Tokyo Kouki manufacturing enterprise is founded in this year. The company main specialty is in glass polishing and in the mass production of lenses for film projectors. However, due to the development of the Pacific military conflict, the new born company experiences financial difficulties and has to cease its activities.