Tokina Announces Budget PL Mount Lenses

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)

Lens Tuesday continues with news that Tokina is jumping into the cinematic realm with a series of PL mount lenses that are not only affordable, but will fit on several of the new 4K cameras coming out, like the AJA CION.

Cinematography is all about telling stories through the magic of motion pictures. Tokina cinema lenses are indispensable tools that can make your story more interesting one frame at a time.   –

When you consider that AJA was seeking to make the CION an affordable 4K option for independent shooters, it’s interesting that it chose to use a PL mount, rather than the more affordable EF mount by Canon. But they may have had Tokina in mind when making the decision to use PL mount, since the lens maker has announced a line of affordable PL mount lenses coming this Spring.

But in saying “affordable,” I wouldn’t say that the average DSLR shooter is going to pop for these lenses, since they clock in at around $7,000 U.S., but still, for cinematic lenses, that’s bargain-basement.

The highly innovative Tokina Cinema 16-28mm T3.0 has beenre-engineered to meet the demanding needs of the professional cinematographer. Using the successful optical formula of the award winning still lens, Tokina engineers have created a lens that is Parfocal, has dramatically reduced breathing and image shift, and a de-clicked, 9-bladed, curved iris for beautiful bokeh and precise exposure control. With its 28cm close-focus capability, the lens allows you the freedom to capture a super wide-angle of view while still maintaining a tight perspective on your subject. – Tokina

The Tokina Cinema ATX lenses break down to a 16-28mm T3 and a 50-135mm T3, PL and EF mounts. Users can purchase them with either metric or imperial measurements. Both feature all-metal bodies, a lens diameter of between 112-114 mm, and have a 9-blade curved iris aperture for some nice bokeh.

Here’s a complete list of features, starting with the 16-28mm T3:

  • Parfocal lens design allows you to maintain precise focus while using the zoom control.
  • Constant T3.0 throughout the 16mm to 28mm zoom range
  • Reduced breathing so you can focus on the scene and not the lens
  • Smooth, de-clicked, 9-bladed, curved iris.
  • Virtually no image shift when using the zoom control during filming
  • Aspherical elements and Super-Low Dispersion glass reduce distortion and increase optical performance
  • 4K image ready
  • Durable, all-metal cine-style housing with geared manual zoom, focus and aperture rings for use in follow-focus systems.
  • Common 114mm front diameter for use with a wide variety of matte boxes and accessories
  • Zoom, focus, and iris marking are on both sides of the lens for easy viewing and more mounting/follow-focus options.
  • LDS (Lens Data System) support is possible.
  • Available Mounts: PL and Canon EF

The 50-135mm T3 has similar features, and there’s also an 11-16mm wide angle zoom lens. Additional specifications include 13 groups of 15 elements, a depth of field range of T3-T22, and overall length of about 144mm. Look for them in the Spring 2015. For more information, visit


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