The new Tokina lens is designed for Sony mirrorless cameras with FE mount. Is this a good chance for a cheap Sony full frame lens?
Tokina has just opened a new product line. According to the manufacturer, " the ATX-M series is to be characterized by high quality products offered at an affordable price." The first model presented is the 85mm F1.8 FE dedicated to full-frame Sony mirrorless cameras. Will it become a competitor to the system model?
85 mm 1.8 Sony FE
Tokina ATX-M 85mm F1.8 FE is a lens with optics consisting of 10 elements in 7 groups , including one SD (low dispersion). There was also a Tokina Super Low Reflection lens, which repels water, oil and dust, and prevents fogging of the lens.The lens has a 9-blade aperture, and its parameters – long focal length and bright aperture – ensure a nice blur of the frame. The minimum focusing distance of the lens is 0.8m and its angle of view is 28.5 degrees. Due to advanced optics, the lens is not the lightest – it weighs 645 grams.
Is this competition for Sony?
By definition, the lens, like other glasses from external manufacturers, should be a cheap alternative to Sony glass. As we know, the manufacturer's original lenses are characterized by great optics, but also a high price. However, it turns out that the lens was priced at 450 euros . Calculated in zlotys, this gives us over 1900 zlotys, but as we know, the Polish price is always slightly higher than it would appear from a direct calculation from the euro. So you can expect a price over 2,000. zł.Meanwhile, Sony has in its offer the FE 85mm 1.8 model , which is a budget lens and we will buy it for less than 2,200 PLN, and since the model is often covered by cashback, you can have it for less than 2,000 zł. The manufacturer ensures that Tokina ATX-M 85mm F1.8 FE will be fully compatible with Sony, ensuring fast and trouble-free operation. I don't doubt that. I wonder, however, whether at this price will be a real competitor to the original Sony lens?