Tokina officially announced the new opera 16-28mm f/2.8 FF lens for Nikon F-mount fulll frame DSLR cameras. The US price is $699 and pre-orders are now open at B&H and Adorama. Shipping is scheduled to start on March 15th, 2019.
Inspired by the focal length and aperture of the widely acknowledged Tokina AT-X 16-28mm F2.8 PRO FX lens, Tokina opera 16-28mm F2.8 FF has been developed with the same concept as the already released opera 50mm F1.4 FF, to offer the photographers another contemporary tool for professional photography. Super wide angle, superior resolving ability coupled with high contrast and beautiful bokeh rendering, fast f/2.8 constant aperture throughout the zoom range and accurate AF drive system make this lens attractive for photographers who specialize in landscape, interior architect, documentary, environmental style portrait and night sky/time lapse photography genres.
- F-Mount Lens/FX Format
- Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
- Three Aspherical Elements
- Three Low Dispersion Elements
- Silent Drive DC Motor Autofocus System
- 9-Blade Diaphragm
- Built-In Lens Hood
The Tokina 16-28mm f2.8 Opera has a silent drive motor that works in tandem with what Tokina is stating are new GMR magnetic autofocus sensors. To go to manual focus, the photographer just has to use the focus ring clutch. The company is also promising improvements in distortion control in addition to chromatic and spherical aberrations over the current ATX version. To do this, the Tokina 16-28mm f2.8 Opera has 15 elements in 13 groups with three aspherical elements, three low-dispersion glass elements, and a large front element.
With 11 inches of close focusing coupled with 9 aperture blades, photographers will also be able to focus on objects at a pretty close range. That makes this lens really nice for photowalking.
Still though, the Tokina 16-28mm f2.8 Opera are sort of an odd focal length choice. There are 16-35mm lenses are add even more versatility but at a much higher price point. Canon announced a new 15-35mm f2.8 IS II lens. But perhaps it isn’t all that odd–28mm is pretty close to how the human eye sees and photographers could use it at that focal length when they want to capture something close to what their eyes see.
Tokina Opera 16-28mm f/2.8 FF Lens Specifications
|15 elements in 13 groups
|Angle of View
|107.1° ~ 76.87°
|Minimum Focus Distance
|0.28m / 11 inches
|Front Inner Focus
|No Filter Threads
|Nikon – 133.5mm
|Canon – 136.0mm
|Measured from flange mount side
|Nikon: 940g / Canon: 950g
|Exclusive 3-year USA warranty