Tokina has released the Opera 16–28mm f/2.8 full-frame lens and it’s been shown off at the just-concluded CP+ show in Yokohama, Japan. The super-wide zoom lens is the second offering in Tokina’s new Opera series of “next generation, premium full-frame lenses,” joining the 50mm f/1.4, which began shipping last year.
The Japanese company says the new lens is inspired by the Tokina AT-X 16–28mm f/2.8 PRO FX, and it’s optical design is indeed similar, with 15 elements in 13 groups. Measuring 3.5" x 5.25" (89 x 133.5mm) and weighing about 2lb (940g), it’s also about the same size and weight. However, Tokina says it employs an upgraded autofocus system that makes it faster and more accurate than the older lens.
The lens ships in mid-March and will cost $700. Two versions will be available: for Canon EF and for Nikon F mounts. For underwater shooters, the Tokina Opera 16–28mm f/2.8 could prove to be an interesting, affordable alternative to the Nikon 15–35mm f/2.8 or Canon 16–35mm f/2.8, either of which is well over twice the price.
New Tokina opera 16-28mm F2.8 FF
Inspired by the focal length and aperture of the widely acknowledged Tokina AT-X 16-28mm F2.8 PRO FX lens, Tokina opera 16-28mm F2.8 FF has been developed with the same concept as the already released opera 50mm F1.4 FF, to offer the photographers another contemporary tool for professional photography.
Super wide angle, superior resolving ability coupled with high contrast and beautiful bokeh rendering, fast f/2.8 constant aperture throughout the zoom range and accurate AF drive system make this lens attractive for photographers who specialize in landscape, interior architect, documentary, environmental style portrait and night sky/time lapse photography genres.
Sales start date worldwide: March 15th, 2019
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