Tokina 14-20mm f2
A new DX Tokina lens is coming. I really love the idea of Tokina. I recently thought about what kind of wide angle lens I would like to have. I thought about a 16mm fast prime (f/1.4-f/2) on Dx. My favorite wide angle focal length is 16mm (24mm on Full frame), but such good fast prime lenses not really exists,
or usually costs a house and a car mortgaged.
The fast f/2 aperture is unique on such a lens. Shallow dof in many case can be the problem in low light, wide aperture photography. Only the Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 is similar in some ways, but the Tokina is wider, which means more usable. I am not a big fun of 18mm, but the Sigma is so good that even adjust my style worth it.
But now here is a Tokina which is almost a new 16mm fast prime but with a little more range. If this lens will be sharp wide open, can be a hot seller. I tell you as I told about the Tamron 150-600mm.
Such lenses are a trend nowadays, zooms with narrow range, bright aperture, but prime-like quality, you can think about the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8, Sigma 20-35m f2 Art, the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 Art or perhaps this lens.
Tokina 14-20 f2 lens construction
The second highly precise plastic asperical element has special coating to reduce flare. The two extra low dispersion lens elements at the back part of the lens corrects different aberrations.
Tokina 14-20 f2 specification
Mounts: Canon EF, Nikon F
Max aperture: f/2
Min aperture f/22
Filter size: 82mm
Angle of view: 91.68° – 71.78°
Minimum focus distance: 28cm / 1′
Lens construction: 13 elements in 11 groups
Weight: 725g / 25.57 oz.
Hood supplied: yes
Coating: Multilayer film coating
Magnification: 1: 8.36
No of aperture blades: 9
Internal focusing: yes
Max diameter: 89mm
Dof scale: No info yet
Distance scale: yes
The datas for the Nikon mount version of the lens
For those who don’t know Tokina Kenko they make very fine lenses for different mounts in high quality. The build quality of the Tokina lenses are reasurring. Optically also some lenses are superb. For example the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 is still the best ultra wide angle lens available for Aps-C either Canon or Nikon mount.
Tokina 14-20 f2 competition
There is no such lens yet. There are many ultrawide angle, there are many bright lens, but no such bright ultrawide angle lens yet. The biggest rival is the Tokina 11-16 mm f/2.8 interestingly. It is wider but 1 stop slower. The f/2 aperture makes this lens unique, which gives possibilities which was not exist before. Not just for stills/landscape shooting but more for low light action. The double speed can result a useful photo or in case of enough light sharper photo or using lower iso values.
Other interesting thing can be the background isolation which gives a special feel to the photographs. This is where the Sigma 18-35mm 1.8 Art lens showed the possibility.
Tokina 14-20 f2 release date
The release date is according to the official website “immediate release” which means the new lens can hit the shelves of photoraphy stores soon.
Tokina 14-20 f2 price
The price of the Tokina 14-20 f2 is not yet announced.