Tokina confirms cinema lenses

Tokina Cinema 16-28 T3.0
Tokina Cinema 16-28 T3.0 lens. Picture: Tokina

Kenko Tokina, the Japanese lens manufacturer, has confirmed details of its first cinema lens.

Shown for the first time at this year’s NAB Show, Tokina will be making a converted version of its 16-28mm AT-X Pro. This wide-angle, constant aperture zoom is designed as a professional lens for full-frame camera users.

According to the manufacturer’s Japanese website, the new lens will be rated at T3 (T-stops indicate the light transmitted through the lens, rather than the aperture, as these can differ).

The lens is fitted with gearing for the zoom and focus, to fit follow-focus systems, and with distance and focus markings. The company has adapted the lens, which has an all-metal casing, for video operation by giving it a much longer focus “throw” than a stills camera lens. There is even a connector for a small focus lever, for film makers who don’t want to set up a full follow-focus rig.

But the cinema lens loses the autofocus mechanism fitted on the standard, stills 16-28mm AT-X Pro.

Tokina has also demonstrated an 11-16mm and 50-135mm zoom, also rated at T3; the lenses will come in PL and Canon EF mounts, at least initially.

The new glass represents a new strategy for Tokina, which has concentrated its professional efforts on wide-angle zooms of late; some of its early lends, such as the original autofocus 28-70 ATX f2.8, remain popular for film making because o their build quality and relative compactness, when set against camera makers’ own fast zooms.

The new lens has a recommended price of ¥580,000, or about £3700 – the Japanese language page for the lens is here.