Tokina camera lenses and accessories are sold in the United States through authorized dealers selected by Tokina. Authorized Tokina Retailers receive training and product knowledge, and are chosen for their ability to represent the brand. Tokina provides a warranty on products sold only by authorized dealers on Amazon.
If you purchase a Tokina product from an unauthorized dealer, you are not entitled to the Tokina warranty coverage, or tech support, even if the seller claims that you are. The Tokina products sold by unauthorized dealers are purchased by the seller on the “grey” market, and are usually the import version of the product.
An import version basically means that the product was meant for sale in a different country. For example, a camera lens that was meant for the Japanese market, being sold in the US. The import version is usually the same exact product, just without the warranty. As described in the Tokina warranty page, their warranties are region specific. In other words….that camera lens that was meant to be sold in Japan, will only be warrantied in Japan. Usually, these products will be labeled as either “import version” or “international version”.
Purchasing from an authorized dealer guarantees that you not only receive the full Tokina warranty, but also that the product you are purchasing is authentic, and meets your expectations for quality, function, and design.
With that said, the following is a list of Tokina authorized dealers who sell on Amazon. Click on the logo to see more details about the store/seller.
Just keep in mind – If you don’t see a seller listed here, it doesn’t mean that they are selling fake, or non-authentic products. It just means that they are not authorized by Tokina to sell their products, and are not buying the merchandise from Tokina. In the majority of cases, the warranty will not be honored by Tokina. Look out for phrases like “Seller provided warranty”, or “Limited Warranty”, etc. These types of warranties will almost always be for less than 1 year. Often times, they are for just 30 or 90 days, and just protect you from DOA products. (A listing of original Tokina warranties is below).
On the other hand, if you are looking at a Tokina camera lens from one of the stores above, and wondering if the item is fake – purchase with confidence! These stores have been verified with Tokina USA to be authorized dealers. You are receiving an authentic product, and are entitled to the full original manufacturer’s warranty.
For reference, these are the manufacturer warranty periods for Tokina products:
- Lenses – 2 years from date of purchase
- Lens caps – 2 years from date of purchase
- Lens hoods – 2 years from date of purchase
- Lens collars – 2 years from date of purchase
- Tokina refurbished products – 90 days from date of purchase
This list updated as of 8/25/2017.