Tokina Opera 50mm F1.4 Review
PhotographyBlog has completed their review of the Tokina Opera 50mm F1.4 for the Canon EF mount. They gave the lens a 4.5 out of 5 star rating and gave it significant praise.
Still, though they feel the Sigma 50mm 1.4 Art is the 50mm lens to beat for Canon EF users. Both lenses retail for the same at $950 USD.
At a glance, the core features of the Tokina 50mm 1.4 are;
- EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
- Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
- Three Super-Low Dispersion Elements
- One Aspherical Element
- ELR Coating
- Ring-Shaped Ultrasonic AF Motor
- Weather-Sealed Construction
Optically, this is a very fast and mostly tack-sharp lens when stopped-down slightly to f/2, both in the centre and at the edges of the frame. There's virtually no evidence of chromatic aberrations and very little distortion. Obvious vignetting at wide-open apertures is the only real optical issue of note, something that other fast lenses also suffer from, and stopping down to f/5.6 solves this problem altogether.
The overall build quality is excellent, with the stealthy all-black design adding to the high-quality feel, and Tokina have also included a very good petal-shaped lens hood, although we did miss having any kind of lens bag included in the box. Auto-focusing proved to be satisfyingly quick, quiet and reliably accurate on the Canon EOS 5DR camera that we tested the lens with, and manual focus over-ride at any time is a great feature.
Read the full review here
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