Tokina to add new cinema lens to zoom lineup.
Tokina Cinema has introduced the 25-75mm T2.9 cinema lens, which is being designed to match the 11-20mm T2.9 and 50-135mm T2.9 MKII zooms. The trio of optics will cover focal lengths from 11 to 135mm, which is fitting for episodic or documentary work as well as films.
The 25-75mm will cover Super 35 sensors up to a 36mm image circle. Tokina says, "the larger 36mm image circle enables native coverage of RED Helium 8K, RED Dragon 6K, RED Monstro 6K, Alexa LF in 4K UHD, as well as popular cinema and mirrorless cameras from Canon, Blackmagic Design, and Panasonic in 4K DCI or 4K UHD."
On top of that, the lens will tout the same parfocal design as the 11-20mm and 50-135mm MKII. A parfocal lens does not change focus as the focal length is adjusted. It's the opposite of a varifocal lens. When changing the focal length on a varifocal, the focus must be readjusted. Parfocal lenses are preferred for many different shooting scenarios, including wildlife videography and episodic television.
The lens will be compact with a 174mm length. Industry-standard 0.8 MOD cinema gears will allow you to incorporate a follow focus, and the 86mm filter thread and a 95mm front diameter is the same as other Tokina zooms. It will also have an interchangeable mount between PL, EF, Sony E, MFT, and Nikon F.
For shooters with full-frame and Vista Vision sized sensors, Tokina does make a 1.6x Expander for PL or EF mounts that offers a maximum image circle coverage of 46.9mm.
I haven't got my hands on a Tokina zoom yet, but I am fond of the Vista Primes T1.5. Tokina also has its Vista One set, which is nearly identical to the Vista Primes but has a single coat that gives the lens a slightly different contrast and flare. They are primarily a rental item. Both cover a 46.7mm image circle.
The Vista Primes are great lenses. After Sigma took over the market with its budget-friendly cine lenses, everything started to look the same to me. The Tokina lenses cost between $5K-8K depending on the focal length, which is about $2K more when compared to the Sigma FF High Speed Primes, but the optics provide a completely different look. Depending on the story you're trying to tell visually, they're worth considering.
Price & Availability
The 25-75mm is expected to arrive in spring 2021 and retail for $5,799 USD. The 3 lens set will be priced at less than $12,000, which is very competitive. All 3 lenses will be available in an interchangeable PL, EF, Sony E, MFT, or Nikon F mount.