Tokina 85mm f/1.8 FE “bokeh monster” officially launched

Jan 17, 2020

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Tokina 85mm f/1.8 FE “bokeh monster” officially launched

Jan 17, 2020

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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When the photos and specs leaked of the new Tokina 85mm f/1.8 FE lens, it was just a matter of time when the official announcement would come. And here it is: the Tokina atx-m 85mm F1.8 FE is officially out. It’s a $500 fast prime lens for full-frame Sony E cameras, the first in Tokina’s new atx-m line of mirrorless lenses.

The “m” in the new atx-m series stands for “motif” and “mirrorless.” According to Tokina, it’s the motivation this company provides to photographers “for creating unique and breathtaking photos with mirrorless cameras.” The 85mm f/1.8 is the first to be released, but we can expect more lenses in this series.

When it comes to the build, the Tokina atx-m 85mm F1.8 FE is made from 10 optical elements including one SD (low-dispersion) element. The company promises excellent resolution from corner to corner, high contrast, low distortion, and chromatic aberrations, and natural colors. Super Low Reflection Coating promises reduced ghosting and flare, and it also makes the lens elements oil-, water- and dust-repellent.

Although it was designed for full-frame Sony E-mount cameras, the Tokina atx-m 85mm F1.8 FE can also be used with APS-C models. In this case, you’ll get a 127.5mm equivalent focal length. Even though it’s not the fastest lens in the market, Tokina calls it “bokeh monster” because of its f/1.8 maximum aperture and a 9-blade diaphragm. It sounds a bit pretentious, but the lens indeed provides a very pleasing bokeh, at least that’s what I can conclude from sample images.

Here are the full specs of the lens:

Focal Distance85mm
Minimum ApertureF1.8
Maximum ApertureF16
FormatFull-Frame
CoatingMulti-coating
Lens Configuration10-7 (elements/groups)
Angle of View28.5
Minimum Focus 0.8m
Maximum Magnification0.125x
Focus MethodInner Focus
Diaphragm blades9
Filter size72mm
Overall length93.23mm
Maximum diameter80mm
Weight645g (without caps and hood)
HoodBH-727

The Tokina atx-m 85mm F1.8 FE is now available for preorders at the price of $499. It’s a bit cheaper than the Sony FE 85mm f/1.8, which costs nearly $600. If you preorder it now, you can expect it to ship around 7 February.

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6 responses to “Tokina 85mm f/1.8 FE “bokeh monster” officially launched”

  1. Philip La Lumiere Avatar
    Philip La Lumiere

    No, this is what a real bokeh monster looks like. 1.2 is where it’s at

    1. Philip La Lumiere Avatar
      Philip La Lumiere

      Sebastian Selders ah yes, but I bet you didn’t expect it to be on a film camera. Elan 7

    2. Youri Van Cutsem Avatar
      Youri Van Cutsem

      I think you misread aperture (F1.2 vs 1.8) and bokeh (elements/groups 8/7 vs 10/7).
      ;-)

  2. Richard Crowe Avatar
    Richard Crowe

    I wonder how this stacks up against the Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 lens?

  3. Philip Houtekier Avatar
    Philip Houtekier

    I am curious about the Bokeh. Announcing it like this suggests to me bettering the Minolta 58mm 1:1.2 or the Leica Noctilux …

  4. Sammy Quimco Diaz Avatar
    Sammy Quimco Diaz

    that viltrox 85mm .. is difficult to beat from price point and performance… this lens is DOA if they price at 499$ ..u can get a sony used one for less than 499.. and if u need a cheaper one .viltrox is priced from 320-399$ … i think tokina should position at viltrox pricing… from their previous launching tokina 100mm firin and others .. reviews are average…