Not long ago, Tokina announced and started shipping their Toking FiRIN 20mm F2 FE MF lenses and I've gathered up some information about what the rest of the planet thinks about this new manual focus lens.
I've become a big fan of Tokina lenses – I did this review
They've also treated me incredibly well when I had a problem with a lens so I'm a big fan of their service as well.
If I had a sony camera, I'd give this lens serious consideration based on the reviews I've seen (and am sharing below).
Journey with Tokina FiRIN 20mm F2 FE MF
The FÍRIN series is an interchangeable lens group which is designed with high-grade mechanisms and optics for mirrorless cameras, created for the highest quality images.
Stan Moniz presenting Tokina FiRIN 20mm F2 FE MF
Tokina 20mm F2 FiRIN Lens Review | John Sison
In this video I take a look at the Tokina 20mm F2 FiRIN lens for the Sony E-mount system. Its designed for full frame cameras but can also be used on APSC cameras like the A6500. This is the first lens from Tokina that can fit on an E-mount camera without an adapter. It is a manual focus lens but works well with Sony's focusing aids like the peaking, manual focus assist and focus magnifier.
TOKINA FIRIN 20MM ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY | WIDE OPEN @ f2.0
WOW!!!! What a amazing piece of engineering. In my opinion there is only a few lenses out there that are this sharp wide open for astrophotography. The Tokina Firin 20mm is definitely one of them.
Tokina Firin 20mm Samples & First Impressions
First impressions and samples from Tokina Firin 20mm f/2 for Sony FE Mount.
UPDATED: Sample full-res gallery here: goo.gl/iNtz4g
FiRIN 20mm F2 FE MF Main features
A Full-Frame, super wideangle lens that performs with perfect compatibility in terms of design and form factor when attached to a SONY A7 series body.
The optical system adopts aspherical lens elements in the best positions in the optical design to reduce any type of aberration to a minimum in addition to 3 lenses molded from Super-low Dispersion glass that significantly reduces lateral chromatic aberrations.
The FíRIN lens has the ability to transmit aperture, distance and optical information to the camera making this lens fully suitable for the SONY A7 series camera’s MF assist function, in-cameras 5 axis image stabilizations and in viewfinder electronic distance scale.
A design devoted to manual shooting and cinema enthusiast that includes a wide manual focus ring, aperture ring and depth of field index bar.
De-Click Aperture function suitable for cinema/video shooting.
Luxurious use of high-precision Japanese-made metal parts and mechanisms.
View full product features and specifications HERE.
- E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
- Aperture Range: f/2 to f/22
- Three Super-Low Dispersion Elements
- Two Aspherical Elements
- Multi-Layered Coating
- Manual Focus and Aperture Control
- Aperture Ring Can Be De-Clicked
- Supports In-Camera Assist Functions
- Nine-Blade Diaphragm
A wide-angle prime well-suited to multimedia applications, the FíRIN 20mm f/2 FE MF Lens from Tokina is dedicated to full-frame Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras. The ultra-wide perspective is benefitted by a sophisticated optical design, which incorporates three super-low dispersion elements and two aspherical elements to control both chromatic and spherical aberrations. A multi-layer coating has also been applied to reduce lens flare and ghosting for increased contrast and improved color fidelity.
Its manual focus design affords precise control when working with subjects as close as 11″, and the manual aperture ring can be de-clicked to enable smooth, silent aperture adjustments for cine use. Additionally, electronic contacts are integrated into the mount design to permit seamless communication of distance and aperture information to the camera body in order to support the use of focusing aids, in-camera image stabilization, and an EVF distance scale.
(cover photo credit: snap from video)