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 Tuesday, November 13, 2018
The Tokina opera 50mm f/1.4 FF Lens in Canon or Nikon mounts is in stock at B&H and Adorama.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • Three Super-Low Dispersion Elements
  • One Aspherical Element
  • ELR Coating
  • Ring-Shaped Ultrasonic AF Motor
  • Weather-Sealed Construction
Post Date: 11/13/2018 8:09:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, November 12, 2018
From Tokina:
 
Thank you for using Tokina lenses.
 
We have thoroughly tested all current Tokina interchangeable lenses (Canon EF mount) with the Canon EOS R mirrorless camera and the Canon EF-EOS R mount adapter.
 
The results confirm that the current Tokina lens models showed no issues in general operations, with the following exception:
 
Issue: the image Cropping/Aspect ratio would be fixed at "1.6x (Crop)" and cannot be set at "Full (3:2)".
 
We are currently preparing a firmware to fix the issue, which will be specifically notified about in due time.
 
Furthermore, when using Tokina APS-C format lenses (Tokina DX lenses), in case the Cropping/Aspect ratio is set otherwise, it is necessary to reset it on "1.6x (Crop)" manually. When shooting with a different Cropping/Aspect ratio setting, vignetting is likely to occur.
 
For any questions about compatibility of Tokina interchangeable lenses with Canon EOS R mirrorless cameras, please contact us via contact form.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/12/2018 7:11:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, October 19, 2018
From Tokina:
 
Thank you for using Tokina products.
 
We have thoroughly tested all current Tokina interchangeable lenses (Nikon F mount) with the Nikon Z 7 mirrorless camera using the Nikon mount adapter FTZ.
 
The results confirm that current Tokina lens models showed no issues in general operations with the following exceptions:
 
  • Tokina opera 50mm F1.4 FF
    Issue: Compared with general conditions AF speed is slower.
  • Tokina AT-X 70-200mm F4 FX VCM-S
    Issue: AF communication error. However, the lens will operate normally in manual focus mode.
Please, note that due to mount adapter FTZ specifications, the following Tokina lenses do not AF but will operate in manual focus mode:
 
  • Tokina AT-X M100 AF PRO D
  • Tokina AT-X 107 AF DX NH Fisheye
  • Tokina AT-X 107 AF DX Fisheye
For any question about compatibility of Tokina interchangeable lenses with Nikon Z 7 mirrorless camera contact us via contact form.
 
B&H carries the Nikon Z 7 and Tokina lenses.
Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Tokina News
Post Date: 10/19/2018 6:10:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, June 26, 2018
From Tokina:
 
To celebrate the launch of new FíRIN 20mm F2 FE AF, we launched a great GIVEAWAY CAMPAIGN with a unique Grand Prize - one winner can get both Tokina FíRIN 20mm AF and MF versions! Experience the advantages of both lenses according to your shooting style and your video review will be shared on our channels for all Tokina fans to watch.
 
The Second Prize is no less worth a try, as the winner will still have the chance to choose between FíRIN AF or MF version! And the Third Prize is also great as you can get one of Kenko best selling products: Kenko DG Extension Tube Set for Sony E-mount cameras.
 
This great chance will last only until July 14th, and time is already running out.
 
Access the campaign page NOW to get all necessary information and enter the GIVEAWAY. We wish you good luck!
 
Enter the Giveaway
Posted to: Sony News
Category: Tokina News
Post Date: 6/26/2018 2:16:59 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, June 20, 2018
From Tokina:
 
Thank you for Your constant support to Tokina brand. We here by announce the availability of a firmware update for Tokina FíRIN 20mm F2 FE AF lens.
 
Benefits of this firmware update
 
With this firmware update the auto-focus performance of Tokina FíRIN 20mm F2 FE AF in AF-C mode at high-speed shooting (Hi+/Hi/Mid) when used with Sony a7III, Sony a7RIII, Sony a9 cameras will be improved (when used with Sony a9 auto-focus tracking will work only in Mechanical Shutter type AF-C mode).
 
Product
 
Tokina FíRIN 20mm F2 FE AF for Sony E-mount (EAN code: 4961607634509)
 
For the firmware update procedures and further instructions please contact the shop where the lens has been purchased. For more information please contact your local official Tokina Distributor or contact us.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 6/20/2018 4:50:10 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, February 27, 2018
FEBRUARY 28, 2018 - Kenko Tokina Co., Ltd. is proud to announce the new Tokina opera 50mm F1.4 FF , a premium Full Frame lens for high-end DSLR cameras.
 
Overview
 
About opera series
 
With the debut of opera 50mm F1.4 FF we are launching a new series of next generation premium full-frame lenses for high-end DSLR cameras called "opera" series.
 
Opera series is designed to perfectly match recent high-spec full-frame DSLR cameras, which keep requiring high quality optics to be used with. In addition to originally high-valued Tokina AT-X series, this new opera series is positioned as top premium series of full-frame size lenses and will be further expanded with other lenses of related specifications and performance.
 
In modern society the word “opera” is commonly used to express general genres of stage art. In Italian it means work or work of art. As an omitted art genre definition opera comes from "opera musicale" that means a piece of music work. In Latin opera comes from "opus” and in contemporary language "magnum opus", "opera magna” still has a meaning of "great literary, artistic or intellectual work". We chose the name "opera" for a new premium full-frame DSLR lens series thinking of a lens that will help photographer in creating real "work of art".
 
About the product
 
The debuting premium full-frame lens for high-end DSLR cameras in opera series is 50mm F1.4 FF (FF - Full-Frame). Designed for full-frame format DSLR cameras, opera 50mm F1.4 FF adopts a ring-shaped ultrasonic motor for autofocus drive module. Weather sealing prevents from dust and moisture to come inside the lens body. For the first time in Tokina line up Nikon mount model incorporates an electric diaphragm mechanism. The direction of the focus ring rotation fits the genuine Nikon and Canon lens.
 
Mounts: Nikon F, Canon EF Sensor size: full-frame format
Sales release: Summer 2018
 
B&H will carry the Tokina opera 50mm f/1.4 FF Lens.
Category: Tokina News
Post Date: 2/27/2018 9:26:20 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, February 22, 2018
From Tokina:
 
Kenko Tokina Co., Ltd. is proud to announce the new Tokina FíRIN 20mm F2 FE AF, the second prime lens in Tokina’s premium lens series “FíRIN” for mirrorless cameras.
 
Overview
FíRIN 20mm F2 FE AF is the long-awaited autofocus version of the existing FíRIN 20mm F2 FE super wide angle lens for full-frame Sony E-mount. Adopting the same optical design as in MF model, now we offer two options for end-users to choose according to the purpose and style of shooting.
 
Optical performance
Being optimized for full size camera sensors in terms of size and resolving ability, the optical design adopts 2 aspherical elements and 3 lenses molded from Super-low Dispersion glass to significantly reduce any type of aberration including spherical aberration, distortion and chromatic aberration while assuring high resolution and stunning performance even at wideopen aperture.
 
Functionality
Keeping along with the basic development concept of the previous model FíRIN 20mm F2 FE AF is made compatible to autofocus and other functions of the camera providing perfect functionality and usability for the photographer.
 
Ring-shaped ultrasonic autofocus motor
For AF drive system FíRIN 20mm F2 FE AF adopts quick responsive and silent ring-shaped ultrasonic motor. Coupled with GMR sensor AF performs fast and accurate focusing.
 
Full compatibility to AF system
FíRIN 20mm F2 FE AF is fully compatible with Fast Hybrid AF system and all AF function settings, providing the same AF performance as with common E-mount AF lenses. Fine manual focus adjustment is also possible.
 
MF Assist function
Accurate focusing is supported by compatibility to MF Assist function, when fine focusing adjustment is operated by manual rotation of the focusing ring with the simultaneous interlocking with image enlarging function and bar distance display on the monitor.
 
Optical correction
Due to the data transmittance ability via electric contacts the camera obtains necessary data from the lens chip to correct shading, distortion and lateral chromatic aberrations. Optical corrections can be done by the camera as well.
 
Image Stabilization
By transmitting focal length data FíRIN 20mm F2 FE AF is able to get maximum use of In-Body Image Stabilization function of the camera.
* When in-built camera flash is used vignetting may occur. Please use external flash.
 
About sales release:
 
  • Sales release in Japan: end of April, 2018 (tentative)
  • Sales release worldwide: end of May, 2018 (tentative)
Lens Specifications
 
Tokina FIRIN 20mm F2 FE AF Lens Specifications

Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 2/22/2018 10:44:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, August 23, 2017
From Tokina:
 
Dear TOKINA AT-X 16-28 F2.8 PRO FX Lens Users!
 
Thank you for Your continued support.
 
This is to inform you that TOKINA AT-X 16-28 F2.8 PRO FX lens is not fully compatible with CANON EOS 6D MARK II DSLR camera released on August 4th 2017.
 
We found out that when TOKINA AT-X 16-28 F2.8 PRO FX is used on CANON EOS 6D MARK II during the “Live View” mode activated with “Lens aberration correction” function set to “Enable”, an error would occur. Glitch occurrence may also depend on lens focal length position. We suggest to set the “Lens aberration correction” function to “Disable” .
 
The “Lens aberration correction” can be set to “Disable” in case Program AE (P), Shutter Priority AE (Tv), Aperture Priority AE (Av) or Manual exposure shooting mode is selected.
 
Please also note that the error may also occur in case Tokina AT-X DX (APS-C) type lens are used on CANON EOS 6D MARK II camera.
 
When error occurred restart camera by removing and inserting camera battery.
 
Should you have any requirements or questions, do not hesitate to contact your nearest authorized Tokina distributor/ dealer.
 
As always, we express You our gratitude for using Tokina lenses.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Tokina News
Post Date: 8/23/2017 1:02:35 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, January 3, 2016
I actually held onto this press release for a few days hoping a better version of it would surface (the release looks like it was authored in another language and run through Google Translate). Unfortunately, a more eloquent version never appeared. [Sean]
 
DECEMBER 28, 2015 – Kenko Tokina Co., Ltd. is pleased to announce the new AT-X 14-20 F2 PRO DX.
 
Characteristics
 
The fast F2.0 Zoom lens of Tokina
Since the maximum aperture of F2.0 is given this lens, it's possible to support the low sensitivity photography used ISO64 and ISO100 setting. The maximum aperture of F2.0 shows its power for the photography using the blur feeling and photography with the low brightness (In the room, In the night).
 
Adopt highly precise Plastic Aspherical lens
The 2nd lens group in this lens is adopted the plastic aspherical lens which improved surface accuracy, and is given antireflection coat. This lens is designed tough against ghost flare.
 
Arrange highly precise Glass molded Aspherical lens
2 pieces of super low dispersion glass molded aspherical lens is located in the back goup of the lens, and various aberration are corrected by these lenses.
 
Compact Body and Excellent Operability
Tokina’s exclusive One-touch Focus Clutch Mechanism allows the photographer to switch between AF/MF simply by sliding the focus ring, forward side for AF and back toward the camera for MF. This lens is designed as the fast aperture F2.0 in all focal range, but it is a compact body. This lens has a thread in the front frame, so it’s possible to attach filters of 82mm size.
 
The new Tokina AT-X 14-20 F2 PRO DX is an ultra-wide-angle zoom lens for the DX(APS-C) size, and has the maximum aperture of F2.0. In low brightness situation, use it demonstrates its preeminent power
 
Specifications
 
Focus distance: 14 - 20mm
Brightness: f/2.0 Canon
Format : APS-C
Minimum aperture: f/22
Lens configuration: 13 elements in 11 group
Coating: Multilayer film coating
Angle of view: 91.68° ~ 71.78°
Filter size: 82mm
Shortest Object Distance: 0.28m
Macro maximum magnification: 1:8.36
Focus method: Internal focus
Number of Aperture blades: 9
Maximum diameter: 89.0mm
Full length: 106.0mm
Weight: 725g
Hood (Attached) : BH-823
Above mentioned specifications are for a Nikon mount.
 
There is no indication when the lens will be available for preorder.
Category: Tokina News
Post Date: 1/3/2016 5:47:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, June 23, 2015
From Kenko Tokina USA:
 
JUNE 23, 2015 – Kenko Tokina USA, Inc. is excited to announce the new Tokina AT-X 24-70mm F/2.8 PRO FX lens designed for use with Canon and Nikon full-frame sensor DSLR cameras.
 
Tokina’s latest addition to its family gives full-frame photographers a 24mm wide-angle to 70mm moderate telephoto lens with a fast F/2.8 aperture at an affordable price.
 
The new groundbreaking proprietary optical design uses three precision molded all-glass aspherical lens elements to achieve excellent contrast, sharpness, and corrects for spherical aberrations. One of these elements is very special and difficult to manufacture. G09, is made from Super-Low Dispersion (SD) glass and is a large sized aspherical element.
 
These lens elements also yield even illumination across the whole image sensor.
 
The Tokina 24-70MM lens also uses three SD (super-low Dispersion, “FK01” and FK03”) glass elements in the rear groups to control chromatic aberrations.
 
All these specialized lens elements work in consort to yield maximum resolution to match the 50-megapixel DSLR cameras entering the market.
 
The fast constant F/2.8 aperture makes viewing and auto focusing possible in very low light situations while keeping some flexibility for setting the shutter speed.
 
In addition to excellent optics, the lens incorporates a fast moving SDM (Silent Drive-Module) motor to greatly reduce AF noise making it one of Tokina’s quickest and quietest auto-focusing lenses to date.
 
Tokina’s exclusive One-touch Focus Clutch Mechanism allows the photographer to switch between AF and MF simply by snapping the focus ring forward for AF and back toward the lens mount for manual focusing. The lens is also designed to stand up to the rigors of daily use by photographers in a wide variety of shooting conditions and environments.
 
Specifications:
 
Mount AvailabilityCanon, Nikon
Focal Length24-70MM
Full Frame Sensor Comp’Yes
Maximum ApertureF/2.8
Minimum ApertureF/22
Optical Construction15 Elements / 11 Groups
CoatingsMulti-layer coatings
Angle of View84.20° – 34.49°
Minimum Focus Distance14.96 in. (0.38m)
Reproduction Ratio1
Zooming SystemRotary Zoom
Number of Diaphragm Blades9
Filter Size82mm
Maximum Outer Diameter3.52 in. (89.6mm)
Dimensions4.23 in. (107.5mm L) x 3.52 in. (89.6mm W)
Weight35.63 oz. (1,010g)
Lens HoodBH-822 Included with lens (pictured)
ETAAugust
Price$999.00

B&H has the Tokina 24-70mm f/2.8 FX Lens available for preorder with an expected availability at the "End of August."
Category: Tokina News
Post Date: 6/23/2015 2:54:27 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, April 14, 2015
From Kenko Tokina USA:
 
APRIL 13, 2015 – Kenko Tokina USA, Inc. is pleased to announce the specialized Tokina Cinema Hydrophilic filters for broadcast and cinema use. Tokina Cinema Hydrophilic filters have a coating layer that does not allow water to bead up like traditional filter coatings. If water cannot bead it simply flows evenly off the filter surface making for clear viewing and recording even in a steady rain.
 
Water-drops on glass are formed by surface tension and adhesion. Once the weight of the water is sufficient to overcome the strength of these two forces the water beings to flow. This can be seen every time water drops first “stick to” and then cascade down a window when it rains.
 
The Tokina Cinema Hydrophilic coating does not allow surface adhesion so water drops cannot form. The coating Tokina Cinema Hydrophilic filters permanent and does not ever need to be reapplied, unlike over-the counter products that make a similar claim. The filter coating is “recharged” by UV light making it ideal for stationary weather cameras or other cameras that are being exposed to sunlight for several hours a day.*
 
Tokina Cinema Hydrophilic filters come in standard broadcast sizes from 77MM to 127MM as well as square and rectangular.
 
Specifications: Glass: Optical Clear Protector Glass
Coating: Multi-layer Proprietary Coating
Size Availability: 77MM, 82MM, 86MM, 95MM, 105MM, 112MM, 127MM, 4x4, 4x5.65
Retail Price: Starting at $405.00
Availability: April, 2015
Category: Tokina News
Post Date: 4/14/2015 7:15:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Kenko Tokina USA:
 
APRIL 13, 2015 – Kenko Tokina USA, Inc. is pleased to announce the Tokina Cinema IRND neutral density filters for cinematography.
 
The Tokina Cinema IRND filters use ACCU-ND technology to yield a truly neutral color balance that will not add any noticeable color cast to your footage. This series was created specifically for the cinema and HDSLR video markets.
 
The Metallic ACCU-ND coating on the IRND filters do not color shift as you move from one density to the next, a common problem with almost all other series of neutral density filters. Now you can set your white balance once and have the same color balance even if you need to change filters due to changes in lighting, or have multiple cameras with different strengths of filters on them.
 
The ACCU-ND metallic coating also has the added essential benefit of accurately controlling and suppressing infrared (IR) light so color fidelity is maintained. This is important as IR can add its own color cast when recording outside and manly other IR filters on the market add their own color cast that can be difficult to correct in post production.
 
The IRND filters use an exclusive clear optical glass that has a metallic ACCU-ND coating bonded to the surface of the glass to create the neutral density affect.
 
The Tokina IRND series has round filters in common sizes from 82MM to 127MM and strengths from one stop (0.3) to four stops (1.2). The series also has two square mat-box sizes that are available from one stop to 7 stops of light reduction.
 
Prices start at $210.00 for the 82MM size.
Category: Tokina News
Post Date: 4/14/2015 7:07:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, February 11, 2015
From Tokina:
 
February 11, 2015 – Kenko Tokina USA, Inc. is pleased to announce the Tokina Cinema AT-X 50-135mm T3.0 lens. Tokina engineers created a lens of this focal length that is Parfocal, has dramatically reduced breathing and image shift, and has a de-clicked, 9-bladed, curved iris for beautiful bokeh and precise exposure control. With its 1M close-focus capability, the lens allows you the freedom to capture tight close-ups while maintaining a comfortable distance from your subject.
 
The Tokina Cinema 50-135mm T3.0 optic is 4K ready and beyond and delivers a highly versatile zoom range in a compact design. The lens has an industry standard 114mm outer front barrel for matt boxes and a 112mm filter threat for mounting filters or other accessories.
 
Features:
 
  • Parfocal lens design allows you to maintain precise focus while using the zoom control.
  • Constant T3.0 throughout the 50mm to 135mm zoom range
  • Reduced breathing so you can focus on the scene and not the lens
  • Smooth, de-clicked, 9-bladed, curved iris for beautiful out-of-focus areas.
  • Virtually no image shift when using the zoom control during filming
  • Aspherical elements and Super-Low Dispersion glass reduce distortion and increase optical performance
  • 4K Image ready
  • Durable, all-metal cine-style housing with geared manual zoom, focus, and aperture rings for use in follow-focus systems.
  • Common 114mm front diameter for use with a wide variety of matte boxes and accessories.
  • Zoom, focus, and iris markings are on both sides of the lens for easy viewing and more mounting/follow-focus options.
  • LDS (Lens Data System) support is possible
  • Available Mounts: PL and EF
Specifications:
 
MountsPL, Canon EF
Focal Length 50-135mm
Maximum Aperture T3.0 Constant
Zoom Ratio2.7
Optical Structure 14 groups /18 elements
Sensor Size Super 35mm
Minimum Focus Distance 1m ( 3.28 ft)
Magnification Ratio00:00.0
Zoom Mode Rotary Zoom
Aperture/Iris Blades9
Depth of Field T3.0 – T22 (F2.8 – F22)
Filter Size 112 mm
Overall Length PL Mount - 159mm (from 142mm mount surface)
EF Mount - 155.5mm (from 150mm mount surface)
Diameter of Front 114mm
Maximum Diameter 123mm
Weight 1.53kg
Price$4,499.00
Availability April 2015

B&H has the Tokina Cinema 50-135mm T3.0 available for preorder.
 
Note: Image above shows the PL mount version of the lens. The EF mount image was not available at the time of this post.
Category: Tokina News
Post Date: 2/11/2015 8:59:40 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, July 22, 2014
 Friday, May 16, 2014
Tokina announced a new stabilized telephoto zoom to the Japanese market – the AT-X 70-200mm f/4 PRO FX VCM-S for Nikon. The google translation for the announcement is a little clunky, but you can find it on Tokina Japan's website.
 
Specifications

Focal length70-200 mm
Angle of view34.45 ° ~ 12.42 ° (35mm full format)
BrightnessF4
Lens constitution19 pieces of 14 group
Minimum focusing distance1.0 m
Maximum magnification macro1:3.57
Filter Size67mm
Size82mm (maximum diameter) X167.5 mm (total length)
Weight980 g
Supported FormatsTo 24x36mm (35mm full format)
Corresponding mountNikon DSLR (full-size solid-state image sensor)
JAN Code: 4961607 216 569

Thoughts – I'm assuming Tokina will eventually come out with a Canon version of this lens. The price quoted for the Nikon version in the Japanese market is 150,000 yen, or roughly $1,480.00 USD. At that price, it would exceed the MSRP of the similarly spec'd Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM. The specs indicate Tokina will be built like a tank (as most Tokinas are), with a much heavier weight in comparison (980g vs 760g). [Sean]

Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Tokina News
Post Date: 5/16/2014 7:20:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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