Tokina has announced a new Cinema-series lens in the body of the 50-135mm T3.0 zoom optic, which supports 4K and which comes with a Parfocal design.
After introducing the AT-X 24-70mm f/2.8 PRO FX lens for DSLRs, Tokina has officially revealed another new lens. However, this one is aimed at videographers as it is a Cinema-series model designed for PL and EF-mount cameras.
The new Cinema AT-X 50-135mm T3.0 comes with a Parfocal design, de-clicked aperture, and reduced breathing in order to provide the best-possible image quality and functionality for filmmakers.
Tokina Cinema AT-X 50-135mm T3.0 lens becomes official for PL and EF cameras
Tokina has confirmed that its new Cinema lens is based on a Parfocal design, which allows it to keep the subject in focus when zooming in or out. This is an important feature in videography and it will be welcomed by filmmakers.
The company says that the Cinema AT-X 50-135mm T3.0 lens offers reduced breathing as well as reduced image shift, allowing users to concentrate on their subjects rather than on the lens itself.
It has been developed to cover Super 35mm sensors from PL and EF-mount cameras. It comes with a standard 114mm barrel for attaching matte boxes and a 112mm filter thread for attaching other accessories.
The optic is said to be compatible with 4K videos and even higher resolutions and it will maintain its value in the future.
Tokina will release the lens in early April for about $4,500
The Tokina Cinema AT-X 50-135mm T3.0 lens has an internal design consisting of 18 elements divided into 14 groups, including Super Low Dispersion and aspherical glass elements. They will reduce optical flaws, thus increasing image quality.
Its maximum aperture of T3.0 is constant throughout the zoom range, so the lens is capable of producing a shallow depth of field, which will be helpful in close-ups.
Speaking of which, the lens comes with a minimum focusing distance of one meter, so videographers will be able to maintain a “comfortable distance from their subjects” while capturing tight portraits.
The Tokina Cinema AT-X 50-135mm T3.0 lens measures 123mm in diameter and 155.5mm in length for the EF version, while the PL model measures 159mm in length. Its weight stands at 1,530 grams.
The company will release this lens in April 2015 for a price of $4,499. It is available for pre-order at B&H PhotoVideo right now.