December 5, 2014

Save Some Serious Cash on Tokina's Cinema Lenses this Holiday Season

Cinema lenses are the ultimate stocking stuffers for us filmmaking fanatics.

In the spirit of the holidays, Tokina has announced instant savings for their line of cinema zoom lenses, which includes a 16-28mm and an 11-16mm, both with a constant aperture of T3. From today until January 12th of 2015, the 16-28mm will be $500 off its original price of $4500 and the 11-16mm will be $250 off its original price of $1900. These lenses come in a variety of mounts, including EOS, Micro 4/3, and PL (for the 16-28).

Tokina first announced these lenses back at NAB 2013, where NFS and FreshDV caught up with them to chat:

https://vimeo.com/63776450

And here's a recent overview of the Tokina ATX cine lenses from the fine folks at Adorama.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqeQ1s79Xes

These Tokina lenses fill an interesting niche in the cinema lens market right now. For the time being, they sit right in between extremely inexpensive options like the Rokinon cine primes and higher-end options like the Zeiss CP2/CZ2 and the Canon Cinema EOS lenses. Even though the Tokinas aren't inexpensive by any stretch of the imagination, they provide the features and optical quality of much more expensive cinema zooms at a mere fraction of the cost, which makes them an interesting option for filmmakers looking to own a cine-zoom or two without having to take out a second mortgage on their house.

This deal is available until January 12th, so if you're interested in stuffing your stocking with a new cinema zoom lens this winter, head on over to B&H and snag those savings before they're gone.     

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A discount, but honestly most indie filmmakers cannot afford to pay around $4,000 for one lens. You can also pay slightly more and get a much better CP2 or Canon cinema prime which are much faster.

December 5, 2014 at 8:12PM, Edited December 5, 8:12PM

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Brad Watts
Filmmaker/Creative Director - Redd Pen Media
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An interesting offer, though correct me if I'm wrong, but these babies are NOT parfocal, right?

December 6, 2014 at 6:37AM

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Jeroen Rommelaars
Animator - Videographer - Motion Tracking
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Terribly sorry,...tokina's website states they ARE indeed parfocal. My bad...

December 6, 2014 at 6:39AM

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Jeroen Rommelaars
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I don't think the Tokina 16-28mm is really worthy $4500, not even $4000

The 11-16m at $1900 is interesting - but does Tokina have a complete lens line-up?

December 6, 2014 at 11:23AM, Edited December 6, 11:23AM

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Heri Rakotomalala
DP/Camera, Studio owner, Associate Producer
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For a little bit of perspective, the Zeiss CZ.2 15-30mm is about $24,000. The Tokina is a fully-featured cine-zoom with a similar optical range, and it's $4,500. The difference in price there is pretty staggering when you consider that the two lenses are very similar. Granted, the Zeiss is very likely the superior lens in terms of build quality and optical quality, but it damn well better be when it costs $20k more than the Tokina.

I think a lot of the backlash against these lenses comes from the fact that they're not as cheap as the Rokinon cine primes, but it's important to note that primes are much cheaper to manufacture than zooms are, especially when those zooms are designed for cinema use. For me, the only real issue is the one you mentioned about Tokina not having a full lens lineup. They've got a 50-150mm cine-zoom on the way, but even then, the three lenses make for kind of an odd, uneven set.

December 6, 2014 at 12:52PM

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Rob Hardy
Founder of Filmmaker Freedom
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I would advise anyone to be wary of buying ANY Tokina product. I purchased a Mini Pan Tilt Motorised Head about 14 months ago and have problems requiring service. When I contacted Tokina on the West Coast, they told me all repairs were now handled from Japan. After 3 emails and a month I have no response from Japan, and the Pan Tilt is a doorstop. That was only $400, so the idea of spending 4 grand on anything made by TOKINA is ludicrous. Be WARNED...

December 10, 2014 at 7:14PM

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Russell Kord
Photographer. Lately, Videographer.
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Argh...no 11-16 in PL mount! I was hoping for a cheap (to own) LWZ... Duclos is a bit not expensive, not usually stocked, and it's (assumedly) the same lens... I loved my canon mount Tokina 11-16...

December 18, 2014 at 5:54PM

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Daniel Mimura
DP, cam op, steadicam op
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Can someone please write about the new cine primes released today!

September 9, 2016 at 3:59PM

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Walter Wallace
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