Tokina Launches New Line of Mirrorless Lenses Starting with an 85mm f/1.8 for Sony E-Mount

After a week full of rumors and leaks, Tokina has officially unveiled their brand new ‘atx-m’ line of mirrorless lenses, starting with an affordable 85mm f/1.8 lens for Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras: the Tokina atx-m 85mm f/1.8 FE.

The atx-m 85mm f/1.8 is the “debut lens” for this new lineup of mirrorless lenses, which Tokina says will “include lenses for multiple mounts and sensor formats.” And while they haven’t said what exactly that entails, we would expect RF-Mount, L-Mount, Z-Mount, and possibly others are on the way.

This particular lens features an optical design made up of 10 glass elements in 7 groups, including 1 “SD” low dispersion element. Altogether, this design promises all of the usual optical buzzwords: excellent resolution, edge-to-edge sharpness, and minimal/well-controlled chromatic aberration.

The atx-m 85mm f/1.8 also features Tokina’s Super Low Reflection Multi-coating for “natural color and excellent contrast,” and an ST-M focus motor that moves an “all-metal focus unit” with “high quality lubricants.” That last part should translate into fast, quiet autofocus and “smooth, tactile” manual focus.

“This is a very exciting new lens series for Tokina,” says Kenko Tokina USA President Yuji Matsumoto. “The mirrorless camera market continues to expand and the atx-m series will address the needs of photographers using different camera mounts and sensor sizes.”

Here are a couple of sample images courtesy of Tokina:

Tokina emphasized that this lens was developed “in accordance with Sony-licensed specifications” so you can expect it to work as any native lens would when mounted to, say, a Sony a7R IV. It can take full advantage of important features like 5-axis IBIS, Eye-AF, Real-Time AF, MC assist, the electronic distance scale, and more.

The Tokina atx-m 85mm f/1.8 FE will go on sale worldwide on February 7th for $500, and retailers will begin taking pre-orders starting tomorrow, January 17th. For reference, Sony’s “budget” FE 85mm f/1.8 lens announced in February of 2017 still sells for $600.

To learn more about this lens, head over to the Tokina website.

Tokina launches 85mm F1.8 FE prime for full-frame Sony cameras

Tokina has announced the release of its new atx-m 85mm F1.8 FE lens for full-frame Sony E-mount mirrorless camera systems. This lens marks the debut of Tokina’s new ‘atx-m’ mirrorless lens series, which will offer various lens designs for different mounts and sensor formats.

The 85mm F1.8 FE lens is constructed of ten elements in seven groups and features one low-dispersion (SD) element. Tokina has also used its Super Low Reflection Multi-coating throughout the lens, which Tokina claims ‘provides natural color and excellent contrast along with superior water, oil and dust repellant properties.’

Autofocus is driven by Tokina’s ST-M motor technology and the lens was designed in accordance with Sony’s licensed specifications, meaning it’ll work with in-body image stabilization, as well as all of Sony’s AF modes.

Below is a gallery of sample images, provided by Tokina:

The Tokina atx-m 85mm F1.8 FE lens will hit shelves around the world on February 7, 2020 for an estimated street price of $500.

Kenko Tokina announces release of the NEW atx-m 85mm f/1.8 FE

New Series, New optics, New look – The atx-m 85mm f/1.8 FE lens for full-frame Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras.

Huntington Beach, CA, January 17, 2020: Kenko Tokina, Japan’s leading manufacturer of premium camera accessories, is releasing the Tokina atx-m 85mm f/1.8 FE lens for full-frame Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras. It is the debut lens for Tokina’s atx-m series of mirrorless lenses that will include lenses for multiple mounts and sensor formats.

The atx-m 85mm f1.8 FE lens features a clean design with high quality optics housed in a beautifully anodized, semi-satin black metal lens barrel. The fast f/1.8 aperture is perfect for portraits, low light shooting and produces beautiful bokeh.

The optical design has 10 glass elements in 7 groups including 1 SD (Low Dispersion) lens that offers excellent resolution, sharp edge-to-edge results, and well controlled chromatic aberrations. Tokina’s exclusive Super Low Reflection Multi-coating provides natural color and excellent contrast along with superior water, oil, and dust repellant properties.

The new ST-M auto-focus motor is quiet, fast, and accurate in still and video modes and thanks to an all-metal focus unit and high-quality lubricants; manual focus is tactile, smooth and precise.

The atx-m 85mm FE is developed and manufactured in accordance with Sony-licensed specifications and communicates all required data to the camera to take full advantage of the latest Sony features including 5-axis image stabilization, Face/Eye Priority AF, Real-time Eye AF, MF assist, and electronic distance scale.

“This is a very exciting new lens series for Tokina” says Yuji Matsumoto, President at Kenko Tokina USA. “The mirrorless camera market continues to expand and the atx-m series will address the needs of photographers using different camera mounts and sensor sizes.”

Worldwide sales of the Tokina atx-m 85mm f/1.8 FE lens will begin on February 7, 2020 with authorized Tokina USA retailers taking pre-orders January 17, 2020. Estimated USA Street Price of $499.00

8Sinn cages for Z Cam & Sigma fp

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PFY VOICE – Professional Ultracompact Camera Mount Shotgun Microphone

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Canon Wins Important Lawsuit Against eBay Users Selling Counterfeit Gear

Canon just scored a major legal win in the battle against counterfeit products. A US District Court has ruled in Canon’s favor in a lawsuit against two eBay users who were selling counterfeit Canon batteries online.

It’s not often camera companies publish a whole press release to announce the results of a lawsuit, but Canon did just that on January 10th.

“Canon U.S.A., Inc. and its parent company, Canon Inc. of Japan, are pleased to announce that the companies have won a lawsuit involving the unauthorized and infringing use of the Canon trademarks and the illegal sale of counterfeit ‘Canon’ merchandise against two defendants in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania,” reads the release. “The legal action […] is part of Canon’s ongoing efforts to protect Canon consumers’ health and safety from counterfeit products.”

The two defendants are Joey Fang and Kyung “Kay” Kwak, who Canon had been investigating for distributing counterfeit “Canon” batteries on eBay. The official complaint was filed in October 16th, and it didn’t take long for the court to rule in Canon’s favor. Judge C. Darnell Jones II entered a Final Consent Judgement on December 12th.

In that Consent Judgement, the defendants were ordered to stop “imitating, copying, counterfeiting, or making unauthorized use of the Canon trademarks,” and according to Canon they will also have to pay “a significant amount of money to Canon for their unlawful activities.”

Hopefully this win will deter some of the other counterfeiters out there, now that there’s legal precedent; in the meantime, you can train yourself to recognize genuine gear by playing Canon’s “spot the fake” quiz at the bottom of this page.

(via Canon Watch)

The Best Filmmaking Deals of the Week (1.16.20)

Headlining our Deals of the Week, save over $300 on the CLAR Maxin Series Bi-Color LED light.

This week in filmmaking deals: Every production needs a trusty slate, and the CLAR 9-Section Production Slate is currently only $25. Also, you can get a SanDisk 256GB Extreme PRO UHS-I U3 SDXC Memory Card for almost $30 off of the retail price. Now, onto our biggest deals. The Lowepro DroneGuard BP 400 Backpack, which was made for DJI Phantom drones, is only $30, down from $105, while CLAR slashed the price of its Maxin Series Bi-Color LED Light by 64%, taking its hefty $560 price tag down to just $199.

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Researchers develop lithium-sulphur battery that can power a phone for five days

Image courtesy of Monash University

Researchers led by Monash University in Australia have developed what they say is the ‘most efficient’ version of a lithium-sulfur battery; one capable of powering a smartphone for five full days of continuous use. The team has filed a patent for the manufacturing process they developed and they report interest from ‘some of the world’s largest manufacturers.’

Prototype lithium-sulfur power cells were manufactured in Germany, according to an announcement from the university published last week. The technology holds promise for revolutionizing everything from consumer gadgets like cameras and phones to larger systems involving vehicles and solar power. The newly developed lithium-sulfur battery offers more than four times the performance of the market’s current most efficient batteries.

With this level of battery performance, photographers and filmmakers could spend weeks in remote locations with only power banks as their power source, eliminating the need to tote around and use solar chargers, which are dependent on direct sunlight and often take several hours or more to recharge a battery.

In addition to improved performance, the Li-S battery technology is also said to have less of an environmental impact than the lithium-ion battery products currently in use. The new battery prototype utilizes the same materials used to manufacture ordinary lithium-ion batteries; as well, the process is said to have lower manufacturing costs.

According to the university, additional testing of the technology with solar grids and cars will take place in Australia early this year. Major lithium battery manufacturers in Europe and China are interested in upscaling the production of these lithium-sulphur batteries.

Techart releases TZC-01, an EF-to-Z adapter that offers full autofocus, image stabilization support

In June 2019, camera accessory manufacturer Techart released its TZE-01 adapter, which allowed Nikon Z mirrorless camera users to mount Sony E-mount lenses to their systems without losing the ability to use autofocus. Now, Techart is back at it again with the announcement of the TZC-01, an adapter that makes it possible to mount and use autofocus Canon EF lenses on Nikon Z mirrorless cameras.

Techart says the TZC-01 will work with EF-mount lenses from Canon, Sigma, Tamron, Tokina and Zeiss. In addition to ‘native’ autofocus performance, the lenses will also maintain aperture control, stabilization features and EXIF data. In total, Techart lists 62 lenses it says are proven compatible with the adapter:

Below is a demonstration of the adapter from Richard Wong:

Techart has also included a dedicated function button that lets you save a focusing distance to recall with the press of the button and an accompanying lens dock that will let you upgrade the firmware of the adapter.

The TZC-01 is available on Techart’s website for $250.