Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/05/28

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Subject: re: [Leica] ANGENIEUX = TOKINA (off topic)
From: Larry Kopitnik <>
Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 12:10:33 -0500

>In the last Chasseur d'Images (204)
>They say that the Tokina ATX 28-80mm f/2,6-2,8
>is nothing else than the last Angenieux Zoom
>made for 35mm camera.(same glasses)
>But with a better mechanical finish.

The story I've heard -- and I wouldn't stake my life on its validity -- is
that Tokina designed the 28-70 f/2.8 and either licensed or sold the design
to Angenieux. When Angenieux discontinued the lens, Tokina took or bought
back that design and replaced their then-existing 28-70 f/2.8 (a different
Tokina design) with the design they had developed for Angenieux because
they felt the Angenieux optical design was better.

I've also heard -- again, I don't know how true it is -- that Tokina was
founded by a couple of Nikon lens designers who left Nikon to start their
own company.