March 6, 2018

Tokina Positions New Full-Frame 'Opera' Lens Line as a 'Premium' Option

The 50mm F1.4 FF makes its debut in Tokina's full-frame DSLR Opera line. 

Tokina has announced a new series of full frame lenses for DSLR cameras called the Opera series. The 50mm F1.4 is first to be on the shelf with Tokina positioning the line as a "next-gen," "premium" option for filmmakers and photographers. The lens will be available in Canon EF or Nikon F mounts. 

Tokina opera 50mm F1.4 FF
Tokina opera 50mm F1.4 FFCredit: Tokina

The 50mm F1.4 features a ring-shaped ultrasonic motor for fast autofocusing, weather sealing to keep moisture and dust reaching inside the body and Tokina claims there will be vignetting on full-frame sensors. The Opera line will also take advantage of the electronic aperture mechanism on the Nikon mount, a first for Tokina. Additionally, the focus ring rotation will match the same direction as Canon and Nikon lenses. 

Based on what we know and the industry trending towards full-frame workflows, we wouldn't be surprised if Tokina pushed the optics to perform similarly to its Cinema Vista Primes, but we won't know for certain until we get our hands on them. It's most likely "wishful thinking" and the Opera series aligns more with something like Sigma's Art lenses. 

The expected release date is this summer, but pricing and availability have yet to be announced. 

Tech Specs:

  • 50mm
  • F1.4
  • Full Frame Format
  • Nikon F, Canon EF 

Your Comment


"Tokina claims there will be vignetting on full-frame sensors." So vignetting is a feature now?

March 6, 2018 at 5:29PM, Edited March 6, 5:29PM

Auke-Jan Weening

Yes, better to do it in-camera ;-)

March 7, 2018 at 9:25AM

Andy Taplin
Director / Lighting Cameraman

Pretty sure they forgot to write "no" vignetting. Saw the interniew at and the rep says no vignetting on fullframe sensor.

March 7, 2018 at 9:25AM

Danny T