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FíRIN f/2.0 20mm is Tokina's first lens for Sony E-mount

Create: 09/16/2016 - 22:07
Tokina FiRIN f/2.0 20mm lens

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 20mm lens is Tokina's first lens for Sony E-mount
  • Intended for full-frame cameras
  • Manual-focus lens and transmits EXIF information to body

Tokina is entering the mirrorless market with a new line of lenses that bears an unusual name.

Its first product is a high-speed superwide-angle FíRIN f/2.0 20mm FE MF lens. While it’s intended for the full-frame Sony A7 cameras, it also can be used with Sony E-mount bodies that have an APS-C sensor, when it becomes a 30mm full-frame equivalent.

Tokina says FíRIN is derived from the Irish word “Fírrine,” which means truth.

On its website, Tokina offered this definition:

It means “that what is real” and signifies “being true to someone or something.”

Tokina said its intent is to provide a lens that allows photographers to “capture the truth in their images.”

The lens has 13 elements in 11 groups, including two molded all-glass aspherical elements and three Super-Low Dispersion glass elements to reduce aberrations and increase resolution and contrast. The lens has nine aperture blades. 

The close-focus distance is 11 inches (0.28 meters).

This is a manual-focus lens, and it accepts 62mm filters. The lens focuses internally, so the length of the barrel doesn’t change.

Despite being a manual lens, it has electronic connections that transmit information to the body, including aperture, distance and focal length. It also can transmit information to the body, which can perform image processing before the image is saved.

The lens barrel has distance, aperture and depth-of-field scales. The aperture ring can be “de-clicked,” which will be appreciated by videographers.

The lens is 3.2 x 2.7 inches (81.5 x 69mm) and weighs 17 ounces (490 grams).

Tokina hasn’t provided a shipping date or price.

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