The second lens in the new “opera” line of lenses for full-frame DSLRs is the Tokina opera 16-28mm F2.8 FF, with a versatile wide-angle zoom range ideal for landscape photography. It will be offered in both Canon and Nikon mounts, and though optimized for use with full-frame cameras, it can also be used with APS-C DSLRs, providing a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of approximately 24-42mm.
It can focus on objects as close as 11 inches, and features Tokina’s One-Touch Focus Clutch Mechanism which enables seamless switching between auto and manual focus. The lens is also rectilinear, eliminating the curvature of straight lines that can occur at wide-angle focal lengths.
The Tokina opera 16-28mm F2.8 FF will be available on March 15, but preorders start today with an estimated street price of $699.
For more information, see the press release below.
Kenko Tokina announces release of new Tokina opera 16-28mm F2.8 FF
New super wide-angle lens for full-frame Canon and Nikon DSLR cameras is a premium addition to the “opera” line of lenses
Huntington Beach, CA, February 22, 2019: Kenko Tokina, Japan’s leading manufacturer of premium camera accessories, is releasing the Tokina opera 16-28mm F2.8 FF super wide-angle zoom lens for full-frame Canon and Nikon DSLR cameras. Distributed in the US exclusively by Kenko Tokina USA, this new lens is ideal for photographers who specialize in landscape, interior architecture, documentary, environmental style portrait, and night sky imagery.
The Tokina opera 16-28mm F2.8 FF is designed for a great user experience and to give photographers the confidence to create beautiful images. The lens includes a newly designed Silent Drive module using new GMR magnetic auto-focus (AF) sensors for faster, smoother, and quieter AF than the previous generation. Additionally, the directional rotation of the focus ring matches the direction of proprietary Nikon and Canon lenses.
The One-Touch Focus Clutch Mechanism makes switching from AF to manual focus (MF) simple. While in AF mode the user only needs to snap the focus ring back toward the camera to engage “real” manual focus control. This gives photographers an authentic tactile MF feel with hard stops on either side of the focus range like traditional manual lenses.
“This lens offers technical advancements over the current ATX version,” said Mack Matsumoto, Vice President at Kenko Tokina USA. “It offers speed, improved optical performance, and a sleek new look that matches the cosmetics of today’s advanced DSLR cameras.”
“It is an excellent addition to the new Tokina opera Series of advanced DSLR lenses.”
“Best of all,” said Greg Napoli, National Sales Manager for Kenko Tokina USA. “is the street price. At $699 the lens is affordable without sacrificing optical performance or durability.
“We’re proud that our engineers are able to deliver a high performance, rectilinear, super-wide zoom lens with improved distortion control and reduced chromatic and spherical aberrations, at a great price previously found in lenses three times the price.”
The new Tokina opera 16-28mm F2.8 FF incorporates a complex optical design, with 15 elements in 13 groups. Using 3 aspherical lenses including a large aspherical P-MO element and 3 all-glass molded Low-Dispersion (SD) elements, the lens effectively suppresses chromatic and spherical aberrations. The large front element provides super-low distortion and low light fall-off for straight lines and minimal exposure vignetting. Perfect for architectural, landscape, and astrophotographers.
Worldwide sales of the Tokina opera 16-28mm F2.8 FF super wide angle zoom lens will begin on March 15, with authorized Tokina USA retailers taking pre-orders February 22.
More information is available at https://tokinausa.com.