The Tokina 85mm f1.8 FE ATX-M is promising good stuff for portrait photographers at a $499.99 price point.
Photographers using the Sony FE line of cameras are being treated with access to a new lens: the Tokina 85mm f1.8 FE ATX-M. This lens is offering not only a fast f1.8 aperture but also a bit of moisture resistance at the front at a super affordable price point. Unlike their previous 100mm Macro FiRIN lens, they’re claiming the motor won’t blow your eardrums. Even better, this is probably the most affordable autofocus 85mm f1.8 lens available for the Sony FE lineup of cameras. All of the juiciest details of the press release are after the jump.
Tokina 85mm F1.8 FE ATX-M Specs at a Glance
- Semi-satin black metal lens barrel. The fast f1.8 aperture is perfect for portraits, low light shooting and produces beautiful bokeh.
- The optical design has 10 glass elements in 7 groups including 1 SD
- Tokina’s exclusive Super Low Reflection Multi-coating provides natural color and excellent contrast along with superior water, oil, and dust repellant properties. BUT IT IS NOT WEATHER SEALED
- The new ST-M auto-focus motor is quiet, fast, and accurate in still and video modes and thanks to an all-metal focus unit and high-quality lubricants; the manual focus is tactile, smooth and precise.
- Developed and manufactured in accordance with Sony-licensed specifications and communicates all required data to the camera to take full advantage of the latest Sony features including 5-axis image stabilization, Face/Eye Priority AF, Real-time Eye AF, MF assist, and electronic distance scale.
- Worldwide sales of the Tokina 85mm f1.8 FE ATX-M lens will begin on February 7, 2020 with authorized Tokina USA retailers taking pre-orders January 17, 2020. Estimated USA Street Price of $499.00
As we were told by our readers in the comments, Tokina isn’t such a popular brand. They make some really great lenses. In fact, their 50mm Opera earned a spot on our Editor’s Choice roundup last year. They don’t have the marketing we typically see with Rokinon, Samyang, Sigma, or Tamron. But Tokina is owned by Hoya–who is the manufacturer of a lot of the glass that goes into most camera lenses out there. So, we’re positive the Tokina 85mm f1.8 FE ATX-M is going to deliver great image quality without testing it. We don’t hypothesize that it’s going to outdo Sony’s, but we could be totally wrong though!
We got our hands on a few image samples from the Tokina 85mm f1.8 FE ATX-M. Here they are, below.