Tokina has been hitting some home runs with the FiRIN lenses they’ve been producing, so this news will likely be music to the ears of those enjoying previous Tokina FiRIN lenses. Today, Tokina announced that a new FiRIN 100mm f2.8 Macro Lens with a Sony E mount will be hitting shelves this coming April; and trust us when we say it is priced nicely too.
The new Tokina FiRIN 100mm f2.8 FE Macro lens is being billed as a versatile lens that features autofocusing capabilities, and has the ability to provide 1:1 reproduction with a minimum focusing distance of 11.8 inches from the sensor plane (4.5 inches from the front element). The lens will play nicely with Sony’s 5-axis image stabilization, and focusing assist functions including focus peaking and an electronic distance bar. As tricky as macro photography can be, the news that the lens will function with all of those features is pretty huge.
Macro lenses such as this Tokina FiRIN are good for more than just macro work as well. Don’t think for a second that you can’t use this lens for landscapes, portraits, and other genres of photography. The lens features nine elements in eight groups, and nine aperture blades and also has a fast f2.8 aperture. When coupled with the great high ISO performance found in Sony’s cameras, the FiRIN 100mm f2.8 should be a great low light lens, and bokeh should be quite nice as well.
The Tokina FiRIN 100mm f2.8 FE macro lens has what Tokina is calling a “flat field” optical design. This, in theory, will provide distortion free images as it should remove any curvature from its field of view. There are also multiple coatings on the glass that will help with ghosting, flare, and chromatic aberrations.
What will really get the attention of many is the price that Tokina has set for the lens. The FiRIN 100mm f2.8 FE Macro lens will be hitting store shelves on April 26th with a really reasonable price tag of $599. If you have the Tokina 20mm F2 FiRIN lens in your line up, and you have enjoyed using it, you might want to check out what Tokina has done with this lens too. For more information head over to the official Tokina website.